Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Sausage Apple Stuffing

At my family’s annual Thanksgiving party, what I most look forward to is lots of laughter, wine and aromas coming from all corners of the house. But besides the traditional turkey and pies, casseroles and soups, one of my favorite dishes has been the sausage and apple stuffing.

Though my uncle’s exact recipe is under lock and key, I think this stuffing ranks a pretty sturdy second and I will definitely be making it for my Thanksgiving feast this year! This delicious side dish is remarkably simple and produces a warm and fluffy stuffing with a perfectly crisp yet soft texture.  The sweetness from the apples is nicely complimented by the salty, hearty Italian sausage. Combined with the celery, onion and sage, the whole dish makes for a mouthwatering aroma and an even better taste!

I’ll be making this stuffing plenty beyond Thanksgiving, since it would be delicious with any roasted meat or poultry. I hope, if not for the holidays, you work this simple, scrumptious stuffing into one of your special weekday dinners and get to enjoy it for yourself!

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Yield: Serves 4


1/2 tablespoon olive oil

2 links (about 1 pound) Italian sausage, casings removed

2 Tablespoons butter

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tart apple (such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady), cored and chopped

1/8 cup chopped fresh sage

Kosher salt and black pepper

1 French baguette, torn into 1/2-inch pieces

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 large egg, beaten


Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 13 x 9-inch dish or other large baking dish.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon. Once almost fully cooked, add butter, celery, onion, apple, sage, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in broth and egg.

Add the baguette pieces to the baking dish. Pour the sausage-vegetable mixture over top and toss to combine.

Cover dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned, 20 to 30 minutes more.


Adapted from Real Simple


12 Responses to “Sausage and Apple Stuffing”

  1. #
    london bakes — November 16, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    We always have a similar stuffing at Christmas and it’s definitely my favourite part of the meal!

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    warmvanillasugar — November 16, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Delicious! Love how you used apples. Such a great idea!

  3. #
    thecompletecookbook — November 16, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Fantastic stuffing recipe!
    :-) Mandy

  4. #
    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny — November 16, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Mmm this looks amazing and perfect for the holidays! I’m actually making your cranberry stuffing next week to bring for Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite!!

  5. #
    chefconnie — November 16, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Georgia… Once again another wonderful recipe.

  6. #
    Lynda - TasteFood — November 17, 2011 @ 3:55 am

    There is nothing more perfect than sausage and apple stuffing.

  7. #
    Paula — November 17, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    I love stuffing! We’ve already had our Thanksgiving here in Canada but I’m saving this and going to make it for my Christmas dinner. Actually, I may just make it before then with a nice roast chicken…it looks delicious and I’m anxious to try it.

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    Reem | Simply Reem — November 17, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Looks like a perfect filling, Georgia…
    Apple and sausage goes hand in hand…
    Beautiful recipe dear.

  9. #
    yummychunklet — November 17, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    This sounds delicious. I guess I’ll be skipping the Stove Top this year and making this instead!

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    SJ@afoodieaffair — November 17, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks so delicious! I sometimes make two stuffing’s. One for the ones that want plain stuffing, and one for the adventurer’s that like something different (like me)! I may try this one this year. Thanks for the great post!

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    Reeni — November 18, 2011 @ 1:21 am

    Your sausage and apple stuffing sounds positively delicious! I would love this anytime – it would be perfect with my traditional Sunday roasted chicken!

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    Stephanie — November 22, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    I just LOVE the idea of adding apples to stuffing, Georgia! If this stuffing is half as delicious as it looks and sounds, I’m sure it’ll knock the rest of Thanksgiving dinner out of the park!

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