Once you take a bite of this savory apple sausage stuffing you’ll think you went to Thanksgiving heaven! This is not your ordinary sausage stuffing. It’s one of those scrumptious recipes that’s truly memorable. As time moves forward you’ll find yourself turning to this special side dish recipe again and again. When I was creating this deliciousness I was thinking about family. I feel so incredibly grateful to have wonderful parents, a loving husband, and two beautiful daughters. My sister, brother and their two families bring everyone so much joy. Who in your life are you thankful for?
What you’ll absolutely love about this scrumptious recipe for sausage stuffing is how easy it is to make. Once you chop up the veggies and spices everything goes very quickly from there!
Ingredients for Apple Sausage Stuffing
These are all the ingredients you’ll need to make yummy apple sausage stuffing from scratch: salted butter, yellow onion, celery, one large Granny Smith apple, one roll of pork breakfast sausage, two eggs, fresh thyme, fresh sage, fresh parsley, salt, pepper, chicken stock. The final ingredient is good-quality stale bread that’s been cubed or cut into short thin strips and lightly toasted in the oven.
How to Make Apple Sausage Stuffing
Here’s how to make delicious homemade apple sausage stuffing: Generously butter a large baker or casserole dish and set it aside. Cut up the stale bread into very small cubes or strips. On a baking tray, spread out the bread into a thin layer. Broil the bread in the oven just until it’s lightly browned on all sides. If you’d like, you can do this step a few days in advance and then store the bread pieces in two large Ziplock bags.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium skillet, cook the breakfast sausage over medium heat until it’s fully cooked and browned. As you’re cooking it, use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage into very small pieces. Drain off the fat, and set the skillet aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand whip to mix the eggs. Add the spices to the bowl and whip again briefly until mixed. Set the bowl aside. In a large, deep saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion, celery, and apple. Saute for about 6-7 minutes or until the ingredients are tender but not limp. Turn the heat off.
Add the cooked sausage to the large saute pan with the veggies and apples. Add the toasted bread pieces on top. Pour the chicken stock over the bread and veggies. Pour the egg/spice mixture over the bread and veggies. With a wooden spoon or spatula, gently toss and fold the ingredients together until everything is well combined.
Transfer the sausage stuffing to the buttered baking dish. Cut up the second cube of butter. Dot the sausage stuffing with the pats of butter. Cover the baking dish with a piece of foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes covered. Uncover the dish and gently toss and fold the stuffing. Continue to bake it uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, or until your apple sausage stuffing is a beautiful golden brown. The top of the sausage stuffing should be slightly crisp, while the interior should be slightly moist and yummy.
This fabulous sausage stuffing recipe produces a fluffy satisfying side dish that’s filled with delightful Thanksgiving flavors. It’s slightly crisp on the top, but deliciously moist in the middle.
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Apple Sausage Stuffing Recipe
- 1-pound of breakfast sausage (not sausage links)
- 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh sage leaves, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 cups chicken stock (or chicken broth)
- 16 cups good-quality stale bread, cubed and lightly toasted in the oven on a baking tray
- Generously butter a large baker or casserole dish. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium skillet, cook the pork sausage all the way through. As you cook it, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the sausage into small pieces. Once the sausage is cooked and browned, drain off the fat and set the pan aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk the two eggs. Add in the thyme, sage, parsely, salt and pepper. Briefly whisk again until combined. Set the bowl aside.
- In a deep, large saute pan, melt one stick of butter over medium heat. Add in the onion, celery, and apple. Saute for 5-7 minutes or until the ingredients are tender but not limp. Turn off the heat.
- Add the cooked sausage to the deep saute pan and mix it together with the veggies and apples. On top of that, add in the toasted bread cubes. Pour the egg/spice mixture on top. Drizzle the chicken stock over everything. Gently fold all of the ingredients together until combined.
- Transfer the apple sausage stuffing to the buttered baking dish. Slice up the second cube of butter. Dot the top of the stuffing with the slices of butter. Cover the baker with foil and put it in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes with the foil covering. Remove the foil covering and gently toss the stuffing. Bake the stuffing uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, or until it's a beautiful golden brown on top. The sausage stuffing should be lightly crisp on top and lightly moist in the center.
MAKE-AHEAD STUFFING RECIPE: For a make-ahead side dish, after dotting the top of the sausage stuffing with pats of butter, cover the baking dish and refrigerate the stuffing until the next day. Two hours before serving time, remove the apple sausage stuffing from the refrigerator and set it on the countertop for one hour to bring it to room temperature. Then bake this Thanksgiving side dish according to the recipe instructions.
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Apple Sausage Stuffing Recipe > Your Thoughts
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