We Tested 4 Stove Top Stuffing Mixes to Find The Best

Growing up I never ate stuffing. My family was largely team-dressing and my mom's crunchy dressing is famous in our household. A part of me always wanted to partake in the nostalgic and classic stovetop stuffing. Kraft Heinz is famous for its Stovetop brand boxed stuffing, which is super easy to make.

The box gives instructions for the traditional stovetop cooking method, as well as the microwave. I made this on the stove and all you need is 1 1/2 cups water, the pouch of stuffing mix, and 1/2 stick butter or margarine. The baking time is only 5 minutes on the stove. A serving size is 1/2 cup, with 6 servings per bag.

Kraft also makes turkey, sage, and savory herb stuffing, however, I was unable to get a hold of them from my local grocery store.

Stovetop Stuffing Flavors, Ranked

4. Stove Top Cornbread Stuffing Mix

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Sarah Abrams

My initial thought was I would like cornbread the most since freshly baked cornbread is delicious. The stuffing was extremely salty and reminded me of the Top Ramen flavor packet.

I think this would pair well with fresh cranberry and pecans to mellow out the salt. The stuffing recipe on the box suggests using this to make savory corn spoon bread. I think The addition of sweet corn would balance this beautifully and make a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish.

3. Stove Top Stuffing Mix Lower Sodium For Chicken

Sarah Abrams

This stuffing mix was mild and had a taste reminiscent of mild chicken broth. It tasted good, but the texture left something to be desired. Even though I cooked it the same way as the others, the mix was crumbly and dry.

I think mixing this with cranberry sauce would amp up the flavor and help the texture. The recipe on the box suggests a bruschetta chicken bake. The additional basil, cheese, and diced tomatoes would help this come together as a full meal.

2. Stove Top Stuffing Mix For Chicken

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Sarah Abrams

The chicken was pleasantly buttery with a mild chicken flavor. The box recipe suggests making an "easy meatloaf", using the stuffing in place of bread crumbs. I bet this would be great served alongside creamy mashed potatoes.

1. Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Pork

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Sarah Abrams

The winner surprised me, as pork isn't what I typically associate with stuffing. The savory herbs like parsley and rosemary really came through. The recipe on the box suggests making apple and pork chops. This stuffing would make a great vehicle to absorb the delicious juices from the pork.

Even though they achieved different flavors, the ingredients are essentially the same in all the stuffing mixes. Each mix contains 100-150 calories of your daily value and 0% cholesterol. If you want your stuffing to have a little less trans fat and total fat, use margarine instead of butter. Each mix has <8% total carbohydrate and <1g of dietary fiber.

All stuffings list high fructose corn syrup as one of the main ingredients. Each stuffing also contains less than 2%: hydrolyzed soy protein, disodium guanylate, natural flavor, turmeric, BHA, and BHT as preservatives.

When you're ready to go Thanksgiving shopping, you can't go wrong with these Kraft Stove Top stuffing mixes. They also make a turkey stuffing mix if you're lucky enough to find it in your supermarket.

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