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Best Thanksgiving Pickford Stuffing Recipe

This Pickford stuffing is the most amazing sausage stuffing recipe you will ever make! Whether you make it with a smoked bird, our sheet pan turkey or even a spiral ham it’s a family favorite side dish. It’s so good we make it at Thanksgiving, Easter and year round with dinner!

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Every holiday when we’re thinking of what we’re going to make we think of this Pickford stuffing. It is a MUST Thanksgiving side dish Pepperidge Farm stuffing recipe we have made for years. (affiliate links present)

Pepperidge Farm Sausage Stuffing

We first had it about 10 years ago when I had just given birth to my second daughter. It was a few days before Thanksgiving and my neighbor brought dinner over to us.

Bummed that we couldn’t make it to the big feast with our family, it was a yummy surprise on our doorstep for us to enjoy together. We were so happy! If you are preparing your turkey this year but want to make the best Thanksgiving turkey stuffing recipe, here it is!

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Pepperidge Farm Stuffing Recipe

I’m telling you, after we ate this with a piece of roasted duck we just couldn’t stop talking about “that stuffing”. We still do ’til this day.

  • Now when any holiday is around the corner I think back on that amazing stuffing and just had to find out what was in it.
  • I finally asked my friend to share “the secret” with me. If you’re looking for the best Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, this is it!

Ok so it definitely comes along with great memories for me as I flash back to the days when my now 10 year old was an itty bitty thing, but making it again reminds me of just how good it really was (and is).

  • Packed with LOTS of flavor it could almost be a meal in itself, but also perfect along side turkey during Thanksgiving or at Easter time too.

Ok, so really you could make this year round it’s so good, like I did here with my dutch oven whole chicken recipe. It’s really easy to throw together too.

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Best Sausage Stuffing

I do have a few tips you should follow to get it from a good bite to amazing. Whether you should make it, or can, ahead of time and variations on the base.

  • Do not make it the day before, it must be fresh
  • Use a good base (bagged stuffing) that is already seasoned, this Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing is the ONLY type we use to make this Pickford stuffing
  • Load it up with (diced) vegetables you love, and onions
  • Add some meat to your stuffing, if you’ve never done it you’ll love the addition – we always use a roll of spicy ground sausage (must be spicy in our opinion for the BEST stuffing ever)
  • Make it separately, not inside the bird
    • if you just must have some inside go for it, but cook the majority of your stuffing on the stovetop as I show in the video I’ve included in this post

Season after you’re done! The dry herb stuffing mix suggested here + the spicy sausage gives it a TREMENDOUS amount of flavor.

Therefore, I usually don’t add any seasonings. If you normally do wait until it is done. Taste it and then decide whether you want more so you don’t over-season it.

The Best Stuffing

Of course you first need to decide how to cook a turkey this year. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without that.

You might want to try something new there too so here are a few suggestions. Note: we never stuff the turkey cavity, it’s better cooked separately in our opinion.

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  1. Celery
  2. Onion
  3. Mushrooms -baby bellas are best
  4. Sausage – Jimmy Dean (spicy is best)
    1. Italian sausage can be used if you can’t find the above
  5. Chicken broth

What is the best boxed stuffing?

  1. You MUST use this Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing for it to be out of this world. Do NOT substitute for a cheaper brand.
  2. Butter
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When I asked my friend Valerie if I could share this recipe she said “yes if you call it the Pickford Stuffing”. Why?

Because that’s where this recipe came from. Pickford was the last name on her Mother’s side. The best recipes are always passed down from our Grandmas or Moms right. 😉 Now that “the secret” is out I can make it at every holiday from now on and remember those days at home with my newborn.

The sweet neighbor who thought of us on that holiday I’m still friends with, and now I can pass it on to my kids to make when they’re older too.

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Can I make stuffing the day before?

Because it uses vegetables in it, and broth, your stuffing will have a very wet texture if you prepare it beforehand.

BUT if you are okay with that it is perfectly fine to make ahead of time and refrigerate for the big day. Keep in mind though that stuffing with raw eggs should not be stuffed inside the turkey, and should be made fresh.

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We have a bunch of Thanksgiving sides to share. These are our favorites and can’t be forgotten on that special day with family!

Here are a bunch of leftover turkey meat recipes too for the next day/week. You can make SO many other things beyond sandwiches, speaking of those though this is a great 2nd layer with your meat and bread!

Can homemade stuffing be frozen?

Take it off the Thanksgiving table immediately when it’s done being eaten. Transfer to freezer bags and suck all the air out so it stays really moist for up to 3 days. Refrigerate your leftover savory stuffing in airtight containers. Reheat in a pan on low heat or in the microwave for about 45 seconds or so.

Here’s the printable recipe for the best sausage stuffing on your stovetop!

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Pickford Stuffing

This Pickford stuffing is the MOST amazing sausage stuffing recipe you will ever make! It’s so good we make it at Thanksgiving, Easter, and year round! Super easy. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, sausage, side dish, spicy, stuffing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 59kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 1/2 c celery chopped
  • 1 1/2 c onion yellow , diced
  • 1 1/2 c mushrooms baby bella style , cut into 4ths
  • 1 pkg. ground sausage Jimmy Dean spicy is the very best 16 oz.
  • 2 1/2 c chicken broth may need extra 1/4 c. at end depending on how moist you like it
  • 1 pkg herb stuffing Pepperidge Farm , don’t substitute for any other brand or style, 14 oz.


  • Cook your ground sausage in a pan until no longer pink on the outside and set aside. 
  • In a large pot melt your butter. Add onions and celery, cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly softened. 
  • Add mushrooms, cook for another 2 or so minutes. 
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
  • Add cooked sausage and stir. Bring to a slight boil again and then add bag of stuffing, turn heat off and fold together very gently to ensure breading is wet. Put lid on and let sit for 5 minutes or until stuffing mix is tender and has soaked up the liquid.
  • If you want it a bit moister add more chicken broth, usually only another 1/4 c. is necessary. Let it rest for about 5 minutes and serve!


Nutrition Facts
Pickford Stuffing
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 269mg12%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 212IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Would there be any way to make this a day ahead of time?


Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Could I bake this in the oven and if so, for how long and what temp?


Tuesday 17th of November 2020

I can't seem to find the video, can you explain where to locate it?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

It is near the top, if you have an ad blocker it wouldn't show up


Thursday 28th of November 2019

Making now!


Saturday 30th of November 2019

Made it exactly per directions but did not do the spicy sausage. It was delicious - everyone loved it and it’s so dang easy! Thank You!

Carmen brown

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Could I stuff this in my thanksgiving turkey? Sorry, first year cooking a turkey and I’m curious!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 21st of November 2019

I do not like soggy stuffing so I don't stuff my turkey ever. I assume this would be just fine but havnen't done it.

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