Apple Sausage Stuffing Recipe

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Everyone needs a good apple sausage stuffing recipe that always turns out delicious. This dish would be the perfect side for Thanksgiving. Follow along for all my tips to make a delicious stuffing!

Everyone needs a good apple sausage stuffing recipe that always turns out delicious. This sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!


 

Have you check out our Thanksgiving recipe collection? Our homemade stuffing recipe and spiced turkey are family favorites and we love serving them with garlic mashed potatoes or cheesy scalloped potatoes and top it all with homemade turkey gravy! This sausage stuffing is another favorite that shows up at our Thanksgiving table year after year!

Ingredients

Sausage – I used chicken sausage for this recipe, but you can also use pork sausage if preferred.

Onion and celery – This would be the base of the stuffing. Make sure to chop the vegetables finely.

Apples – Granny Smith apples work best for this recipe because of their slight sourness.

Herbs – You need parsley and thyme to make apple sausage stuffing. If fresh thyme isn’t available, you can use dried thyme.

Croutons – When it comes to croutons, both homemade and store-bought would work.

Stock – You can use either vegetable or chicken stock. Check out this homemade stock recipe if you’d like to make it from scratch.

Instructions

  • Start by cooking the chicken sausage over medium high heat until browned and cooked. Break the sausage into crumbles as you cook it. Transfer the browned sausage to a plate and set it aside.
  • In the same pan, cook onions, celery and apples. Add in the spices, salt and pepper. Add the cooked sausage back to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Add the croutons and stir well.
  • Mix in the chicken stock and transfer everything to an oven safe dish and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F until crispy on top, about 30 minutes.
This sausage stuffing recipe is very flavorful and super tasty.

Serving suggestions

As stuffing is part of a the Thanksgiving meal, it’s usually served alongside roasted turkey or herbed turkey breast. If you don’t have enough drippings, try my turkey gravy without drippings. Of course, you can’t forget the cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole and creamy mashed potatoes. It’s once a year but it’s a good one!

Frequently asked questions

Do you cook stuffing inside the turkey?

I always cook the stuffing separately either in a pan on stove top or in a dish in the oven. Cooking stuffing inside the turkey keeps too long and also might make the turkey a bit dry. Therefore it’s always safer to cook it separately.

Do you cook stuffing covered or uncovered?

I usually cook the stuffing uncovered so it gets that crispy top that I love the most. You can also bake it covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for the last ten minutes.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

You can make stuffing up to two days in advance. Cook the sausage, onions, celery and apples with the spices, mix with croutons and chicken stock. Transfer the mixture to an oven safe dish and cover tightly. Refrigerate until ready to cook and then cook for 30 minutes at 350F.

Can I freeze stuffing?

Yes, stuffing keeps well in the freezer for up to three months. Store stuffing in an airtight container and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Variations

You can elevate this easy stuffing recipe quite simply:

  • Sausage apple cranberry : leave the celery out and add cranberries instead. This one would have a tart flavor that would be perfect with apples.
  • Apple stuffing: leave out the sausage and use sage to add more flavor.
  • Vegetarian : use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
  • Turkey sausage stuffing recipe: Leave out the chicken sausage and use turkey sausage instead.
Best sausage stuffing recipe made with chicken or turkey sausage, apples and croutons.

Notes and tips

  • You can use either store bought or homemade croutons. Store bought croutons are usually smaller and yield a denser stuffing whereas homemade croutons usually make a more sparse stuffing.
  • Any kind of sausage would work in this recipe so go with what you love most. I personally prefer chicken or turkey sausage and award bonus points if it’s spiced.
  • Don’t want to use the oven? Just cover the pan after adding the chicken stock and turn the heat to medium low and let the stuffing cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • I used granny smith apples for this recipe because of the sweet and tart flavor they bring to the dish. Honeycrisp or pink lady apples would work very well, too. The apple should be crisp and not soft.

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Apple Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Everyone needs a good Apple Sausage Stuffing Recipe that always turns out delicious. This recipe is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients 

  • 6 oz chicken sausage
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, optional
  • 6 cup croutons, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, More if needed

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Coat an oven safe dish (9X9 or 9X13) with non stick spray. 
  • Place a large pan over medium heat. Once heated, cook the chicken sausage and break it into pieces as you cook. Transfer the cooked sausage to a plate. Set aside. 
  • In the same pan, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Sauté the onion and celery until translucent. 
  • Add in the diced apples and cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Add in the cooked sausage, parsley, thyme, salt, smoked paprika and maple syrup if using. Stir well so that everything is combined. 
  • Mix in the croutons and stir well. 
  • Mix in chicken stock using a wooden spoon. 
  • Transfer the stuffing to the oven safe dish. Make sure everything is well combined. 
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top. 

Notes

  1. You can use either store bought or homemade croutons. Store bought croutons are usually smaller and yield a denser stuffing whereas homemade croutons usually make a more sparse stuffing.
  2. Any kind of sausage would work in this recipe so go with what you love most. I personally prefer chicken or turkey sausage and award bonus points if it’s spiced.
  3. Don’t want to use the oven? Just cover the pan after adding the chicken stock and turn the heat to medium low and let the stuffing cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. I used granny smith apples for this recipe because of the sweet and tart flavor they bring to the dish. Honeycrisp or pink lady apples would work very well, too. The apple should be crisp and not soft.
  5. You can use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Also, turkey broth would work great, too. 
  6. If you like all parts of the stuffing to be soft and not crispy, cover the dish with an aluminum foil and then bake in the oven. 

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 596mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I don’t really love traditional stuffing so I love the addition of apple and sausage in this one. It’s always a favorite!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my, this apple sausage stuffing was fantastic! I’m glad I tested it out before the holiday season because I am DEFINITELY serving this now!