This Homemade Stuffing recipe is a fall favorite thanks to ground sausage, savory spices, and quick prep. A classic side dish, this mouth-watering golden brown sausage stuffing is overfilled with all the best flavors.
Coming together quickly and with little effort, sausage and herb stuffing is a flavorful Thanksgiving side dish perfect for the holiday table.
Why you will love this Old Fashioned Stuffing Recipe.
There are so many kinds of stuffing that you could have ten different casserole recipes, with none of them tasting the same!
No soggy bread: Admittedly, stuffing hasn’t always been my favorite. Soggy bread? Um, no thanks. But this recipe has incredible flavor and is so delicious that even a novice can turn it out to perfection.
Making stuffing from scratch can change your opinion, and having this homemade stuffing side dish on your table is a must, especially if grandma is coming into town.
Quick & Easy: You can easily alter the bread with your favorite type of bread, making it a custom bread stuffing recipe. And with only 20 minutes of prep in the oven, it doesn’t take much time or skill to get started.
Bread Stuffing Ingredients
- Unsalted butter: Sausage and chicken broth also carry salt in this dish, so it’s best to use unsalted butter.
- ground Italian sausage: All the flavors in Italian sausage make it the perfect choice, but other great substations are turkey sausage and breakfast sausage.
- onion – White onion has the bite I love to see in a savory stuffing, but if preferred, a sweeter yellow onion is an acceptable substitute.
- Diced celery: slice down celery stalks into bite-sized pieces.
- Bread: The bread type can change the taste and texture of this homemade stuffing recipe. I use a high quality but plain white bread or plain wheat bread, but it’s OK to vary the actual bread as long as it can be cut into bread cubes.
- Seasonings: Season with salt, sage, thyme, and black pepper. I love fresh herbs like sage and thyme sprigs but note that the dried versus fresh measurements are different.
- Chicken stock, also known as chicken broth, can be purchased in a box, can, or homemade. It brings much more flavor than just using water. As a side note, it’s best to use low-sodium chicken broth.
How to make Homemade Stuffing with Sausage
- Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Generously grease a 13×9-inch baking dish or a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.
- Cook the Sausage Mixture: In a large skillet, combine butter, sausage, onion, and celery. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the sausage is thoroughly browned.
- Prepare the Bread: Using a bread knife, cut the bread into 1-inch cubes. Transfer these cubes to a large mixing bowl.
- Mix Ingredients: Add your preferred seasonings to the bread cubes and mix well. Then, integrate the cooked sausage mixture, ensuring an even distribution.
- Assemble in Dish: Transfer the stuffing mixture into your previously greased casserole dish. Evenly pour the broth over the bread, ensuring all pieces are coated. Press down on the bread with the back of a spoon to help it absorb the broth.
- Bake: Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Serve and enjoy this delicious homemade sausage stuffing with your favorite holiday main course – we like this Ninja Food Ham!
Tips: For an extra flavor boost, consider adding fresh herbs or dried fruits according to your taste preferences.
Can this stuffing be used inside a turkey?
Turkey stuffing requires cold or room temperatures and has different preparations.
Can you Freeze Homemade Stuffing?
You can freeze it and warm it up in the oven. You may need extra broth to prevent it from drying out.
Prepping Stuffing the Night Before
You can prepare this homemade stuffing ahead of time.
Just follow the instructions, seal it up with foil, and pop it in the fridge.
One of the main points when you prep ahead is to ensure extra moisture doesn’t get into the dish, so make sure the seal is tight in an airtight container!
Is this sausage stuffing carb-free?
Sorry, everyone, this stuffing recipe is not low carb or keto-friendly!
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Options for Holiday Menu
If you are making stuffing, it is likely holiday time! Many fantastic holiday recipes complement this stuffing as a side dish.
- Don’t leave without homemade green bean casserole and sweet corn casserole to round out a classic Thanksgiving table.
- This sausage and cranberry stuffing is SO good and provides a sweet and savory taste that usually everyone loves.
- Whipped Cranberry Feta is the unique dip that makes a seasonal splash for the holiday appetizer season.
- Do not forget the fun of Christmas hot chocolate bombs
- Lastly, oven-baked candied pecans are perfect to munch on and give as food gifts.
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