Ooh I just love this time of year. I’ve already started planning out my Christmas tree and decorating our house with all types of Holiday goodies, who’s with me? While the decorations are nice, my favorite part about the Holiday season is the hearty, delicious food. And, this Thanksgiving Sausage Apple Stuffing is by far my favorite Thanksgiving side dish.
Thanksgiving Sausage Apple Stuffing
My mom first made this recipe when I was growing up, and it’s been our family’s staple Thanksgiving side ever since. Now that i’m older, I can’t tell you how many Friendsgivings, work thanksgivings and dinners i’ve brought it to since. It’s always the first to run out and such a fan favorite! Trust me, you’ll be the queen of Thanksgiving when you bring this stuffing recipe.
The combination of herbs, sausage and apple make this dish so delicious. So, I’ve sized out the portions below so you’ll hopefully have a little extra to munch on after Thanksgiving is over. Now, let’s get to cooking!
- 24 oz seasoned bread stuffing (corn, white and wheat)
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 3 medium yellow onions
- 2 cups diced celery (6 long stalks)
- 4 cups water
- 2 small bunches of parsley
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
- 2 diced granny smith apples
- Cook sausage and drain. Reserve 3 T. of fat in a container and add diced granny smith apples. Let sit for 30 minutes for flavor.
- Set sausage aside.
- Place seasoned bread stuffing into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a heavy skillet over low heat, melt 1 stick butter until it's foamy (about 5 minutes). Raise heat and add chopped celery and onion. Cook for about 8 minutes.
- Pour onion mixture overtop bread stuffing, but do not combine.
- Return your skillet to the stove, turn heat to medium and add 4 cups of water and the second stick of butter. Boil, stirring frequently.
- Add boiling water to stuffing, sprinkle in parsley, salt and pepper over the surface.
- Using a spatula, mix well. Be sure all stuffing is moistened (add more water of chicken stock if needed).
- Add sausage and apples to the stuffing, mix well.
- Place dressing in buttered 10x15 shallow baking dish (or two), packed loosely.
- Bake in oven at 375 for 20 minutes when ready to serve.
That’s it! Now, you’ve got the perfect Thanksgiving Sausage Apple stuffing. Enjoy and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!