The one thing all delicious Thanksgiving stuffings or dressings have in common is, actually, nothing. They can be made with any kind of bread or no bread at all. They can be studded with everything from sausage to pecans to oysters to fennel. They can be baked in a casserole dish or oven-safe skillet or muffin tins or not baked at all. Here are six of the best ways to make this essential Thanksgiving side dish.
1. Swap the bread. For an extra-hearty stuffing, use multigrain bread—it's delicious with autumnal flavors like apples and pecans.
Or try an Italian spin on stuffing with focaccia. It gives the stuffing a soft and creamy inside and a chewy, crisp top.