Oh Stuff It: What to Put in Your Stuffing Ideas

Stuffing. Dressing. Even farce or forcemeat (ew). Whatever you call it, for most Americans, it will be integral part of Thursday’s feast.
At its most basic stuffing is just seasoned bread, moistened with stock and perhaps bound together with some egg. Beyond that, the variations are endless.

Here’s a list of what I like to add to mine:

  • celery and onion sauteed in butter
  • water chestnut (for crunch power!)
  • dried cranberries or cherries
  • Granny Smith apples
  • toasted walnuts
  • browned ground sausage
  • seasonings: poultry seasoning, dried sage and thyme, fresh parsley

To save space in the oven, I cook it in the crockpot. Just add all your ingredients and turn to high for 30-45 minutes. Then turn down to low for 4-6 hours. Yummy!

What do you put in your stuffing/dressing/forcemeat? Regular bread or cornbread? Oysters? Mushrooms? Share your secret ingredients in the comments. I promise not to tell anyone…


  1. I had some bread left from the Farmer’s Market that I’m going to use to make our dressing. I’m gonna go the traditional route this year with the sauteed onions and celery and traditional seasonings. I LOVE the slow cooker tip to free up more room in the oven!! 🙂

  2. This food looks colorful..I want to try it..Hope you enjoy the thanks giving dinner!



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