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8 Store Bought Stuffing Mixes That Might Be Better Than Homemade

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Stuffing at Thanksgiving dinners is a must-have item and homemade stuffing has traditionally been the better choice versus store-bought offerings. Huffpost has found 8 store-bought stuffing mixes that hold their own with homemade stuffing and claims that some of these may even be better. Here are the 8 that they recommend checking out.

Kraft Stove Top Turkey Stuffing Mix – this mix was the favorite of professional chefs and is affordable and easy to find at the supermarket. It features a turkey flavor that’s infused with turkey stock and herbs like sage and thyme. Ken Oringer, chef/ restauranteur of Boston’s Faccia a Faccia says “Stove Top is the best! So well seasoned and buttery.” $2.69 at Target

Kraft Stove Top Cornbread Stuffing Mix – a cornbread version of Kraft Stove Top, it’s recognized as a solid and reliable stuffing mix. It features corn flavor and you can add celery, onion, Italian sausage, and fresh herbs to make it even more flavorful. Bryan Hill, executive chef at Ambassador Chicago says “Don’t overcook it! Follow the instructions and make sure you don’t add too much water” for the best results. $2.48 at Amazon

Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing – this stuffing was the favorite of one of the Huffpost writers that claim it has a heartier texture than Stove Top and holds up well when baking. Manuel Hewitt of The Barrel Room in San Francisco says that “in the past, when strapped for time during the holiday I’ve always grabbed the Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing from the store.” He adds sautéed onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and butter for seasoning and cooks the stuffing in chicken stock instead of water. $2.48 at Walmart

Williams Sonoma Organic Classic French Bread Stuffing Mix – this stuffing uses dried French bread as its base and is full of artisanal ingredients. In addition to the traditional thyme and rosemary, it includes lavender, herbes de Provence, and majoram, making it a unique stuffing choice. $22.95 - $45.90 at Williams Sonoma

Martin’s Potatobred Soft Cubed Stuffing – famous for its sweet, mellow flavor and plush texture, this stuffing is unseasoned and a cult favorite as a black canvas for customization. The addition of cranberries, sausage, fresh herbs, dried herbs, mushrooms, sautéed veggies, Cajun seasoning, and chicken stock are some of the items you might want to consider adding for your Thanksgiving dinner. 2 bags for $25.99 at Amazon

Williams Sonoma Cranberry & Wild Rice Stuffing Mix – this is a rice-based stuffing that’s gluten-free and the addition of cranberries and quinoa make it a unique stuffing option. It also pairs well with duck, quail, or Cornish hen if you decide not to have turkey for your dinner. $18.95 - $37.90 at Williams Sonoma

Trader Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing Mix – TJ’s stuffing has a heartier texture than the choices from Stove Top and the seasonings are subtle with rosemary and sage as the primary flavors. You may want to add fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme to enhance the flavors and it’s a good match for turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Available in-store only

Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix – the bread cubes in this gluten-free stuffing are made from tapioca flour, potato starch, and rice flour which gives it a sweet flavor similar to cornbread stuffing. To enhance the flavor, add chicken or turkey stock, butter, sautéed celery, onions, herbs or plant-based or traditional sausage. Available in-store only

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