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Upgrade this year’s holiday stuffing with my Herby Mushroom Croissant Stuffing. Buttery croissants, cozy herbs, caramelized wild mushroom, kale, and Gruyère cheese take classic stuffing from bland and boring to flavorful and completely delicious. Even stuffing haters love this casserole. It’s just as good as a holiday side dish as it is a meal. Prep this stuffing in advance and then bake up just before you’re ready for dinner for super easy holiday entertaining.
Stuffing has never been a highly cherished Thanksgiving side dish for my family. I know that sounds crazy, since stuffing is one of the most classic Thanksgiving sides there is. But for whatever reason my family has just never been all that into it. In the last few years however, I’ve had to cook Thanksgiving for a lot of non family members. And because I love to please all, I knew that my Thanksgiving menu needed to include a good stuffing.
I’ve tried more classic recipes, but never found anything I absolutely loved.
Until this year. When I had the idea to swap out dry bread for buttery croissants, my views on stuffing changed immediately. Stuffing can be good, delicious actually. You just need to make it with croissants. Oh, and cheese…
When I was thinking up this year’s Thanksgiving menu, and brainstorming stuffing concepts, I had just made a recipe that used croissants as the base. I had a ton of day old croissants left over, so I decided to do a quick stuffing test run with the ingredients I had on hand.
Pretty much immediately, I knew the recipe was going to be good. I mean? Croissant stuffing? With wild mushrooms and kale and Gruyère cheese?
It’s basically a meal on its own, and it’s all things delicious.
Like most stuffing recipes, you want to be using dry bread.
The key here is to toast your croissants up in the oven to dry them out a bit before adding any broth to them. This helps them hold up while baking, and gives them a nice crispness.
While that’s happening, caramelize the mushrooms with butter, fresh sage, thyme, and a good amount of kale. I love using a good mix of vegetables in my stuffing to give it color, flavor, and texture. The warming sage and thyme pair perfectly with the earthy mushrooms and kale. It’s one of my favorite fall combos and perfect for a Thanksgiving meal.
Once your croissants are toasted, toss them with the mushroom mixture, add cheese, and then bake.
Nothing too fancy, but the use of croissants is such an upgrade from the classic stuffing. And I have to say, everyone loved this dish. I ended up serving the leftovers to my family and they ate it multiple nights in a row. The verdict was two thumbs up all around, and everyone agreed that the croissants are a game changer.
Already excited to serve this pretty stuffing on Thanksgiving next week for the family we have coming into town.
Also, I’m not a stuff the stuffing inside the turkey kind of person. I much prefer to bake my stuffing separately.
One of the most delicious details of this recipe are the crisp, cheesy croissants on the top layer. They’re mouth-watering and so good, and my favorite part of the dish. For that reason, I’m not advocating placing this stuffing inside your bird.
Got it? OK. Cool.
PS. If you’re looking for a little different stuffing option, check out this oldie but goodie…Buffalo Cheddar Beer Bread Stuffing.
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Most delicious stuffing I have ever had! So savory!
Happy Sunday!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you making it! xT
I’ve made this now for two years and plan to do so again – absolutely love! This year I wanted to make it in a crockpot… thoughts? Possible?
Fantastic!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Sorry, I’ve never done this in the crockpot, but let me know how it turns out! xx
We made this recipe and though we loved the flavors, we found it too heavy for a dressing. We like to put gravy on our dressing and this one didn’t need it. It was much more like egg casserole in our opinion. If making it again, I would use much less butter, cheese, and egg-broth mixture as I missed the crunch the top of my dressing usually has. On a side note, we served a leftover pan of stuffing for breakfast with coffee and cranberry sauce. It was fabulous that way.
Happy Sunday!!☃️ Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xT
This is the only dish I look forward to at Thanksgiving every year. It’s my favorite! So delicious and unique. Is there any way to make ahead and freeze? I see your notes about prepping a few days ahead but wondering about a freezer option?
Happy Wednesday! I am so glad to hear that this recipe is always enjoyed, thanks so much for making it every year! Hmmm, I’ve never tried freezing it, I don’t think that would be the best option:) xxT
We baked one and froze one for two weeks before baking. The frozen one cooked up just perfectly.
I have made this stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving the last three years, and it is always everyone’s favorite side. DELICIOUS!
Happy Sunday!!⛄️ I truly appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xxT
This was a new addition to our Thanksgiving meal, and by far a favorite by everyone. Thank you. I have been looking for a “go to” recipe and this one was it. I did substitute spinach for kale, and will make this again.
Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:)
I made this recipe for thanksgiving this year and I followed your week prep guide. I went grocery shopping on Monday, and by Wednesday my mushrooms went bad! I used a zucchini instead since it has a very similar texture. I was very pleased and it wasn’t weird at all! I will be making this for Christmas and will be using zucchini again because mushrooms have been recalled.
Happy Friday!!☃️ I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and your comment! xT
The hero of my thanksgiving!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 My father-in-law is such a picky eater and he LOVED it! My husband and I are vegetarian, so he wasn’t anticipating enjoying our dishes so much 🤣
Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx