Unique stuffings can be Thanksgiving standouts

Food writers Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs recently launched food52, an online community that is, in essence, a virtual kitchen for cooks and food enthusiasts. And just in time for Thanksgiving, the duo shared these recipes for two kinds of stuffing: challah, mushroom and celery stuffing, and ciabatta stuffing with chorizo, sweet potato and mushrooms.

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Serves 12


    • large loaf of challah or brioche
    • celery, diced
    • onion, diced
    • cremini mushroom, diced
    • 8-10 sprigs thyme, chopped
    • rosemary, chopped
    • chopped flat leaf parsley
    • vegetable stock, preferably homemade
    • butter
    • melted butter
    • salt
    • black pepper, freshly ground


Baking Directions:

1. Cut the challah into 1-inch cubes. Leave the cubes out on a parchment lined sheet pan on the counter to get stale, at least overnight, and preferably 2 days.2. Melt 3 oz. of butter in a large heavy saute pan. Saute the onions until wilted, add the herbs, celery and mushrooms and cook until just slightly cooked through.3. In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, vegetables, melted butter and vegetable stock, and salt and pepper. Test for seasoning and adjust.4. Press stuffing into a large buttered baking dish. Cover with buttered parchment, and then foil. At this point, the stuffing can be held for several hours, but should be at room temperature before baking.5. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, the last 10-15 minutes without the foil and parchment to crisp the surface.


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