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the best sausage stuffing recipe in a baking dish with a spoon

The Best Sausage Stuffing Recipe

There are a lot of recipes that claim to be “The Best”, but this really is The Best Sausage Stuffing! We make it as a Thanksgiving side dish and also during the regular year – it’s so good we just have to get our fix! Made with apples, Italian sausage and bread, we can’t get enough. If you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving stuffing that everyone will gobble down, this is it.

Wondering what to serve with this stuffing? This recipe goes great with Roasted Turkey or Glazed Spiral Ham. Just add another side dish or two and you’ll have a meal fit for a king!

the best sausage stuffing in a baking dish on a wood board

My Absolute Favorite Sausage Stuffing Recipe

I’ve actually run into friends of mine at the grocery store with an oven stuffer chicken in one hand and two loaves of white bread in the other hand. They laugh knowing that I’m going home and hoping the wife will throw together a roast chicken dinner with some of my favorite sausage stuffing that I’m craving.

Luckily for me she usually does.

But things have changed and I want to learn how to make this recipe myself. And with Thanksgiving around the corner I thought you guys could all use a go-to recipe for the best sausage stuffing.

An Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing Made With Sausage and Apples

Seems like most people have a favorite stuffing recipe…but this might just become your family favorite too.

What I really should have called this is the best sausage and apple stuffing recipe. Because for me, it’s the apples that give it that addicting flavor.

Sausage stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving or holiday meals

Also, If it’s a sausage stuffing, I want tons of sausage in there not just a few pieces in every third bite. So there’s no shortage of Italian sausage or apples in our stuffing recipe.

What is the Best Sausage for Stuffing?

In my opinion you want to go with Italian sausage, mild or spicy. Or you can use a combination of both but it’s the flavors and spices in Italian Sausage that really work for this stuffing recipe.

Now I know you guys want to get into it so let’s get ready to make The Best Sausage Stuffing ever.

How to Make This Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Start by browning up the sausage and then add onions, chopped apples and chicken broth.

sausage, apples and herbs in a skillet for stuffing recipe

While that is simmering start toasting a whole loaf of bread. (Or you can toast the bread ahead of time, too. Doesn’t matter if it’s cold) Use regular white bread for this, not sourdough or whole wheat or ciabatta.

Just white bread please, there is a time and a place for white bread and this is it. I’m not saying that you can’t try different types of bread for stuffing. In fact, there are many AMAZING recipes that call for different bread

But for my recipe, my favorite stuffing recipe ever…just stick with good old fashioned white bread. White bread does have a purpose and it’s for stuffing and grilled cheese sandwiches.

All of these ingredients added together is what makes The Best Sausage Stuffing taste the best…

toasted white bread in a bowl for sausage stuffing

Grab the biggest bowl, and I mean the biggest bowl you have and mix together a couple eggs with fresh chopped parsley.

Add in the bread cubes and the sausage mixture and stir it all together, you want to make sure all the bread is coated with the sausage mixture.

Pour into a heavily buttered dish, top with more cubes of butter and bake.

Can You Make This Stuffing Ahead Of Time?

sausage stuffing in a baking dish with butter on top

Yes, you can make this stuffing ahead of time and keep it in your fridge until you’re ready to cook it. You can also freeze it and take it out to thaw before cooking – that’ll be a huge timesaver for those big Thanksgiving dinners!

Since we make this stuffing all the time, I’ve actually have found that it tastes better if you make it the day before. Let it sit in the fridge until you’re ready to get it in the oven. That perfect white bread soaks up all the flavor from the broth and sausage and it really makes the flavor better.

And leftover stuffing (if there is any) usually becomes a main meal for me. Pour on leftover gravy if you have it, but just as is works totally fine.

the best sausage stuffing recipe in a baking dish with a spoon

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The Best Sausage Stuffing Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven/Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

There are a lot of recipes that claim to be “The Best”, but this really is The Best Sausage Stuffing recipe! We make it as a Thanksgiving side dish and also during the regular year – it’s so good we just have to get our fix!


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bulk Italian sweet or spicy sausage
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large green apple, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 16 cups white bread, toasted (*see note)
  • Extra butter for buttering the dish and for the top of the stuffing

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet, then add the sausage, breaking up with a spoon or spatula until browned.
  3. When the sausage is almost all browned add in the diced apple, onion, poultry seasoning and thyme then cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth, salt and pepper and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. After the sausage and broth mixture has simmered, taste for seasonings and adjust if needed.
  6. While the broth is simmering, toast the bread slices until golden brown, cut or tear into large cubes then add to a large bowl.
  7. Let the chicken broth mixture cool slightly, then pour into the bowl on top of the toasted bread and toss gently until all the bread is coated in the chicken broth.
  8. Beat the eggs together with the parsley, add to the bowl then gently mix together with the bread and sausage.
  9. Pour the stuffing into a buttered, 9″ x 13″ baking dish and then top the stuffing with small pieces of butter all around, about 2 tablespoons.
  10. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  11. Take the foil off and bake another 20 minutes until the stuffing is crispy on top.

Notes

If you prefer to not have a crispy stuffing then leave the foil on for the entire cooking time. You can make this stuffing recipe ahead of time, cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Bring the dish out about 30 minutes before cooking to let it come to room temperature first.

You’ll need to buy 2 regular loaves of white bread (you’ll use about 1 1/2 loaves for 16 cups) or you can buy and extra large 24 ounce loaf.

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27 Responses

    1. Thanks Matt! Finally got the recipe down – it took a few attempts to make it taste the same as when my wife makes it! Mine with more sausage though of course…

  1. Robin

    Made this today for our Christmas dinner. It was delicious and everyone loved it. It is now my go to sausage stuffing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re going to LOVE it! We use a granny smith for it’s tartness typically, but any apple will work! Also stay tuned because this week is STUFFING WEEK! A whole week of stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving – it’s going to be crazy!

  2. Debra

    Whoohoo! I FINALLY found a sausage stuffing that Is amazing. I swear I’d eat it out of the garbage it’s that good.!!! My hubby even commented how awesome it was. Thank you a thousand times for posting this. The white bread does make all the difference too. It will now be a staple at my Thanksgiving table. -or anytime, who needs a holiday for this!? I prepared it at 8am and baked it at 4pm. Only 8 hrs of “marinating” but even that short time definately made a difference with taste. We had our Thanksgiving today I’m looking so forward to our leftovers for breakfast! Lol

    1. I have to say, breakfast stuffing is my favorite thing! Especially if you have some leftover gravy laying around! I’m so glad you found our stuffing and like it as much as we do, thanks Debra!

  3. Patti

    My husband is not a stuffing eater, but he loved this. He has gone back for seconds and thirds. My mother-in-law will be super jealous because he never eats hers. This was truly the best stuffing I have ever eaten. Thank you.

  4. Krista Jones

    I want to make this but I don’t have any white bread on hand I have some really delicious homemade Brad that I think may be a wheat but I’m not sure possibly with oats would that be OK since it’s all I have?

  5. Susan

    I love this recipe! I usually use sage sausage and toss in a cup of dried cranberries plumped in the hot chicken broth. That occasional tart bite is perfectly paired with the apples, bread and sausage!

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