No matter how it’s prepared, stuffing is an essential part of the Thanksgiving meal. These stuffing ideas from our Recipe Finder will be perfect baked inside or next to your turkey.

Smoked andouille cornbread stuffing. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Turkey Stuffing With Spicy Chicken Sausage. Use the defatted pan juices to get a stuffed-in-bird taste.

Smoked Andouille Sausage Dressing. The grill is not the only way to add smoky flavor to your dressing.

Bread Stuffing With Apples, Bacon and Onions Enjoy a taste of fall with this green apple-studded stuffing.

Brother Timothy's Stuffing This English muffin-based option offers a denser texture than many stuffings.

Chestnut and Thyme Stuffing The smoky roasted chestnuts enhance the flavor of the meat.

Corn Bread Apple "Sausage" Stuffing A great option for vegetarian/vegan diners.

Fruit and Nut Corn Bread Dressing The sage, while not overwhelming, provides a crucial flavor.

Hazelnut and Sausage Stuffing Lamb sausage and hazelnuts are ideal partners.

Herbed Bread Dressing There’s only one word you need to remember here: foolproof.

Mushroom, Fennel and Parmesan Stuffing Olive bread can add a touch of brininess to this savory side.

Nana's Irish Sausage Stuffing Jimmy Dean makes an appearance at the Thanksgiving table.

Oyster Stuffing A good use for your leftover French baguettes.

Prosciutto and Cornbread Stuffing This filling side could almost be the star of your Thanksgiving table.

More Thanksgiving recipes:

Thanksgiving leftover ideas, by ingredient

Turkey: recipes for roasting, smoking and glazing

Mashed potatoes: easy Thanksgiving recipes

Green beans: casseroles and other recipes

Holiday Guide 2011