Traditional Sausage Stuffing

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Looking for the best stuffing ever? This from-scratch stuffing is decadent, delicious, can easily be made ahead and is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner, or any special meal!

Sausage Stuffing

If you’ve never made sausage stuffing before, you’re missing out. Adding sausage takes your flavor and savor to a new level. In fact, you should be warned that it is entirely possible for this stuffing to upstage your turkey. It could literally be a meal of its own. This stuffing is full of textures and flavors. It has savory sausage, toasty bread edges, heady fresh herbs, chewy, sweet craisins, crunchy onion and celery, and creamy richness throughout. This stuffing is the best. You will come back to it again and again!

You’ll start this stuffing by browning the sausage and adding onion and celery. Then, a little bit of a rue is made by adding flour and chicken broth. You’ll set that aside and, in another bowl, you will combine your fresh herbs, egg, cream, craisins and cubed bread. Then these two parts will be combined and ready to bake. You are going to fall in love with this stuffing—it is ridiculously tasty!

  • What kind of sausage should I use?

    For this stuffing recipe you’ll need to use ground sausage (mince). Ground sausage is often sold with various flavors. You can use a mild country sausage Italian sausage, maple sausage,  or even a spicy sausage.  Any sausage that you think would blend well with the flavors here will work.

  • Can I use dried herbs?

    You can use dried herbs, but to achieve the best flavor for this delicious dish, we highly recommend using fresh. If you opt for dried herbs, be sure you use a third of the amount, or about a teaspoon. Also, you can add other fresh herbs of your choice. In fact, if you love the flavor of parsley, throw it in and you’ve got yourself a legendary Simon and Garfunkle stuffing to sing about.

  • Do you need to toast the bread for stuffing or can you skip toasting?

    You can toast the bread if you like, but it isn’t always necessary. The toasting process is meant to dry out the bread to prevent your stuffing from getting soggy, with the bread absorbing too much liquid too fast. Stale bread is already dried out and can be used instead of toasting, saving prep time.

  • What kind of bread should I use for stuffing?

    The best kinds of bread to use to make stuffing are crusty, bakery style loaves. French bread with a hard crust make a great option, as does a country style loaf or even sourdough bread.

Make Ahead Instructions:

Most of the steps involved in making this recipe can be done in advance. For instance, you can make the sausage part beforehand, and you can have your bread cubed in advance and stored in a bag. That way, all you have left is a little combining and baking. Hey, it’s a busy day—every little time saver counts!

 

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Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Traditional Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Looking for the best stuffing ever? This from-scratch stuffing is decadent, delicious, can easily be made ahead and is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner, or any special meal!

Prep Time30 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time1 hr

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Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound stale loaf bakery-style bread* cubed
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in ground sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

  • Add in onion and celery and saute until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes, and sausage is cooked.

  • Whisk in flour until all white specks disappear and cook 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, season with salt and pepper, and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil. Once boiling the mixture will thicken quickly. Once it thickens remove from heat and set aside.

  • In a small bowl whisk together the egg and heavy cream. Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl mix together the stale diced bread*, dried cranberries, and fresh herbs. Slowly pour the cream mixture over it and stir to moisten everything. Then pour the chicken broth and sausage mixture over and stir to combine. Immediately transfer it to the prepared 9×13 pan and spread it out in an even layer.

  • Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, until the top starts to brown. Serve hot.

Notes

*If your bread is not dry and stale, it’s a good idea to toast your bread before using it to make stuffing.

Bread Toasting Instructions:

Dice your bread into 1-inch cubes. Spread them out into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a 225 degree oven for 30 minutes until stale. 

Nutrition

Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 25.2% | Vitamin C: 4.7% | Calcium: 14.8% | Iron: 18.7%

Course: Side Dish, Thanksgiving

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Sausage Stuffing

Sausage Stuffing Recipe

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