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Bread, vegetables, stock, and salt—the start of stuffing sounds simple, but there are so many ways it could go (cornbread, white bread, veg, meaty, good, bad). So we've rounded up our best stuffing tips, a few stock primers, and some alternative stuffing ideas to make sure you (and your guests!) get stuffed in the best way possible.Bring your A-game to the Thanksgiving table this year—this is not the time for soggy stuffing.

Photo by Linda Xiao

Tips & Tricks

Stuffing can be pretty straightforward, but there's always room to learn. Here, learn to make a stuffing without a recipe, find out how to stale up bread before the big event, get some tips from the pros (and by pros I mean us), and never goof up a stuffing again.

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How to Make Stuffing Without a Recipe

How to Make Stuffing Without a Recipe by MrsWheelbarrow

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How to Stale Bread in a Pinch

How to Stale Bread in a Pinch by Kenzi Wilbur

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Stuffing Tips from the Food52 Team

Stuffing Tips from the Food52 Team by Food52

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Solutions for Stuffing Slip-Ups

Solutions for Stuffing Slip-Ups by Elana Carlson

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Stock-ing Up

Stock, after bread, is the most important part of your stuffing! Make sure you check these articles before you pick up any ol' box of stock at the supermarket so you know how to choose the right pre-made vegetable stock, and—if you're feeling handy—how to make your own chicken or vegetable stock (without recipes)!

5 Links to Read Before Making Stock

5 Links to Read Before Making Stock by Lauren Kodiak

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How to Choose Vegetable Stock for Soup

How to Choose Vegetable Stock for Soup by Julie Myers

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How to Make Chicken Stock Without a Recipe

How to Make Chicken Stock Without a Recipe by Jestei

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How to Make Vegetable Stock Without a Recipe

How to Make Vegetable Stock Without a Recipe by Marian Bull

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Alternative Stuffing

Want to create all-new traditions this year? Start with your stuffing! Make a kelp (yes, kelp!) stock, consider a grape and goat cheese stuffing that will make even the stuffiest of anti-stuffingers happy, try a gluten-free stuffing, and find out how you can use brussels sprouts to make a crispy, crusty stuffing everyone with be asking for seconds (and thirds!) of.

Japanese Basics: Kelp Stock and Dashi Stock

Japanese Basics: Kelp Stock and Dashi Stock by Hiroko Shimbo

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A Grape and Goat Cheese Stuffing Even Stuffing Haters will Love

A Grape and Goat Cheese Stuffing Even Stuffing Haters wil... by Lindsay-Jean Hard

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Gluten-Free Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Gluten-Free Stuffing for Thanksgiving by glutenfreegirl

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What To Do With an Overload of Brussels Sprouts

What To Do With an Overload of Brussels Sprouts by Alexandra Stafford

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