Earthy flavors combine with slightly sweet brioche bread cubes to create this beautiful brioche and wild mushroom stuffing. One could certainly experiment with other breads—raisin or nut varieties could work well. Homemade challah would also be an excellent choice.–Karen Mordechai

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Why Our Testers Loved This

Our testers are describing this stuffing as “savory and decadent” and “a nice change from traditional flavored stuffing.” They loved that even after baking, the stuffing stayed moist and tender.

What You’ll Need to Make This

Ingredients for wild mushroom stuffing--bread, mushrooms, eggs, butter, cheese, herbs, shallots, garlic, stock, and wine.
  • Wild mushrooms–Use fresh mushrooms, not dried. You can substitute any of your favorite wild mushrooms here, such as shiitake, oyster, or chanterelle. Alternatively, regular white button mushrooms will also work.
  • White wine–Stay away from sweet wine as the bread already lends the stuffing a slightly sweet flavor. Choose a dry variety, such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio. If you need to avoid using alcohol, use additional chicken stock.
  • Eggs–These act as a binder and give the stuffing a custardy texture.
  • Brioche or challah bread–Using brioche or challah is going to give your stuffing a soft, custardy texture with a slightly sweet flavor. If you prefer a more traditional stuffing texture, use a sturdier artisan-style bread.

How to Make This Recipe

Butter melting in a pot, then mushrooms, leek, and garlic added to the pot.
  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots, leeks, mushrooms, and garlic to the pot.
Sauteed vegetables in a pot and a person pouring wine into the pot.
  1. Sauté the vegetables until tender.
  2. Add the wine and thyme to the pot and cook until the wine almost evaporates. Scoop the vegetable mixture into a bowl.
A person whisking eggs, then adding sauteed vegetables and grated cheese to the eggs.
  1. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and beat until smooth.
  2. Combine the eggs, cheese, brioche, vegetables, and parsley with some chicken stock in a large bowl.
A person mixing wild mushroom stuffing in a bowl and adding it to a casserole dish.
  1. Mix until everything is thoroughly moistened.
  2. Scoop the stuffing into a baking dish, cover, and cook at 350°F until heated through. Remove the foil and continue to cook until golden and crispy on top.
An oval casserole dish filled with wild mushroom stuffing and a plate of stuffing and mashed potatoes next to it.


  • Use your favorite mix of herbs. At different times, I’ve used rosemary, thyme, parsley, marjoram, and the star of Thanksgiving herbs, sage.
  • You can bulk up the stuffing by adding sausage–either pork or turkey. While I like Italian sausage, I prefer breakfast sausage in this. The blend of herbs and spices plays nicely with the other ingredients. Just make sure it’s not a sweetened sausage.
  • Nuts (pecans, walnuts, and pistachios) or dried fruit, such as raisins, currants, or cranberries would work here.
  • I find people love the crunchy top bits of this. So consider mounding the stuffing into muffin tins. That way, everyone gets lots of crispy bits and the wonderful custardy bottom.

Storing and Freezing Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Leftover stuffing can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Make sure that your stuffing is completely cooled before freezing it.

Common Questions

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can. Prepare the stuffing through step 3, up to 72 hours in advance. Transfer it to a buttered baking dish, cover it with buttered foil, and stash it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. If baking directly from the fridge, you may need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

What’s the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Stuffing is generally cooked inside a turkey, while dressing is baked separately in a baking dish. So, yes, this wild mushroom stuffing recipe is technically a dressing. (So sue me!)

Can I stuff my Thanksgiving turkey with this?

You can, although my recommendation would be to cook it separately. Cooking it in a baking dish gives you a crisp, golden crust, and avoids the potential for overcooking your turkey while waiting for the internal temperature of your stuffing to reach 165°F. If you do cook it inside your turkey, don’t add any extra stock as the turkey will add extra liquid as it cooks.

What should I serve this with?

Although our testers found this paired nicely with any roasted meat, it’s lovely for Thanksgiving dinner. We recommend serving it alongside roasted and braised turkey, basic pan gravy, make-ahead mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and spicy roasted Brussels sprouts.

Helpful Tips

  • To cut down on dishes, sauté your vegetables in a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet. Mix up the stuffing and place it back into the Dutch oven or skillet and bake.
  • To reheat the stuffing, place it in a baking dish, cover it with foil, and warm it in a 300°F oven until heated through. Frozen stuffing doesn’t need to be thawed before reheating.
An oval casserole dish filled with wild mushroom stuffing.

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Wild Mushroom Stuffing

5 / 4 votes
Earthy flavors combine with slightly sweet brioche bread to create this beautiful brioche and wild mushroom stuffing.
David Leite
Servings6 to 8 servings
Calories492 kcal
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 4 cups sliced leeks, (white and light green parts only, 1/2-inch-thick [12-mm] slices)
  • 1 pound king trumpet or cremini mushrooms, chopped or sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Comté or Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 6 cups cubed brioche or substitute challah, (or, for a less squishy and less sweet stuffing, substitute a hearty artisan loaf of white or walnut bread)
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup homemade chicken stock or canned chicken broth, plus more if needed


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, leeks, mushrooms, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the wine and thyme sprigs to the pan and cook until the wine has almost evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and discard the thyme sprigs and scrape the vegetables and any liquid into a bowl.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, a generous pinch of salt and pepper, and the cheese. Add the cooked vegetables, brioche, and parsley, and toss to combine. Mix in 1/2 cup stock. Continue to add as much of the remaining 1/2 cup stock, a couple tablespoons at a time, as needed until the stuffing is moist but not wet (there should not be any liquid in the bottom of the bowl). Transfer the stuffing to a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish and cover with buttered aluminum foil.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) or, if you've been roasting a turkey, when you remove the turkey from the oven and set it aside to rest, adjust the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C).
  • Place the covered baking dish in the oven and bake until the stuffing is warmed through, 25 to 30 minutes. Then uncover the stuffing and bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.


  1. Make in advance–Prepare the stuffing through step 3, then cover and stash in your fridge for up to 3 days before baking. If cooking directly from the fridge, you may need to add a few extra minutes to your baking time.
  2. Use other mushrooms–Swap in your favorite wild mushrooms.
  3. Cut down on dishes–Use a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet to sauté your vegetables, then bake the stuffing in the same cooking vessel.
  4. Storage–Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 1 month.
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Serving: 1 portionCalories: 492 kcalCarbohydrates: 38 gProtein: 20 gFat: 29 gSaturated Fat: 16 gMonounsaturated Fat: 5 gTrans Fat: 0.3 gCholesterol: 217 mgSodium: 491 mgFiber: 3 gSugar: 5 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2014 Karen Mordechai. Photos © 2023 David Leite. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This Thanksgiving mushroom stuffing(really a dressing) could be served with turkey, chicken, or even beef. It’s also an excellent accompaniment to roasted pork loin, which is how I decided to serve it.

Be sure to season the vegetable mixture well, taste it after it cooks for a while, and adjust the seasoning to your taste. I used challah instead of brioche, which worked well. I added the full cup of stock to the mixture before I baked it. The dressing was perfectly moist, even after baking.

This wild mushroom stuffing is phenomenal, and I’m so pleased with the final result. The stuffing is savory and decadent and has all the flavors I love—and it’s a nice change from traditional-flavored stuffing.

I had fun with this recipe and deviated a little from the cooking instructions with fantastic results. I used challah bread, 2 medium leeks, and 2 shallots and got all of that wonderful oniony flavor. I used a large 12-inch cast iron skillet to sauté my veggies and after I was done mixing all the ingredients in a large bowl I plopped the stuffing back into the cast iron skillet, covered it with foil, and in the oven it went.

I will be making this again as my family gave this a 10.

This wild mushroom dressing was a hit. We liked the flavor, and we enjoyed the way it looked. It made the house smell great.

I’d add more cheese simply because we like cheese. I’d use a minimal amount of stock if I were putting this wild mushroom dressing into the bird and go for a smaller cut of mushroom.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    This stuffing is an absolute winner – our guests raved about it and devoured every bite!
    I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about the use of Challah as opposed to a more traditional bread. Would it be too sweet – how would it hold up etc? Well, the Challah combined with the herbs, leeks, and mushrooms (I used a variety) resulted in a moist and delicious stuffing / dressing. So delicious that all our guests asked for the recipe. Perfect for your vegetarian guests.

    As an alternative I also made it with a pound of sausage. I sautéed it up and added it to the mix before baking. This worked out very well and made the stuffing a little more “traditional” for our meat loving friends.

    1. Thanks, Alan. We’re delighted that you and your guests loved it, and I love the idea of making a sausage alternative. That was a great idea. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience.

  2. Hope to find Trumpets at Farmers Market from the shroom vendor, looks delish.Since this dish is not actually being stuffed into a bird,isn’t this a dressing? Would like to stuff the bird with this but it has eggs in it, would it be safe?

    1. It is delicous, lowandslow! You are correct, this is technically a dressing, but you can stuff your turkey with it. We generally recommend cooking it separately as you can end up overcooking your turkey while you wait for the stuffing to get to temperature, but you can do it as long as you make sure that the stuffing cooks to 165°F (74°C).