There are two types of people in this world: those who sleep on their stuffing recipe, and those who don't. Which type are you?
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While your roast turkey recipe may get most of the recognition come Thanksgiving Day, it's often the sides that make it worthy of the nation's biggest food holiday every year. Take mashed potatoes—can you imagine a tablescape without them? Cranberry sauce, gravy, roasted root veggies, and pumpkin pie; also mandatory. But forget the stuffing—the hero of Thanksgiving dinner—and there will be a price to pay. Call it the sleeper side, see if we care.

Stuffing is a non-negotiable: It's carb-loaded, comforting, and filled with soft chunks of warm bread, toasty nuts, and dried fruit. It's pretty easy to make, too. We present our five favorite stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving. (Oh, and while the term "leftover stuffing" may seem like an oxymoron, it does happen. Just in case, peruse our collection of recipes for leftover stuffing.)

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Classic Stuffing

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Think of this simple stuffing recipe as your blank canvas. Made from the classic combination of onions, celery, and sage—we  added white wine for brightness and a clean finish. Use your standard white sandwich bread or swap it out for rustic sourdough, seeded rye, or torn challah. (Yes, please!) 

Sourdough and Sage Stuffing
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Sourdough and Sage Stuffing

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The sourdough bread in this stuffing recipe gives it a deliciously toasty tang. For a heartier dish; add bacon bits, pecan pieces, and fresh thyme.

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Sage and Apple Stuffing

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A delicious stuffing recipe shouldn't make you to spend all day chopping and stirring. There are mashed potatoes to make and birds to roast! Enter this speedy sage-apple stuffing, which only takes 20 minutes of hands-on time. 

Fig and Pine Nut Stuffing

Fig and Pine Nut Stuffing

These flavors are perfect for celebrating fall:  pine nuts add texture and crunch, dry white wine gives it depth of flavor, while dried figs lend a hint of sweetness without dragging the flavors too far in the direction of dessert. Cover with buttered foil for the first 20 minutes to ensure every bite has a bit of crave-worthy crust.

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Stuffing With Sausage and Raisins

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Golden raisins give this sausage and parsley-scented stuffing recipe a hint of sweetness. Don't forget to add the leeks, which lend a smooth, earthy aroma.