Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe with Sausage

This Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is very close to my husband’s mom recipe, plus I add fresh herbs to add flavor and aroma to make it extra special.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe with Sausage

Cooking oil spray
12 cups Italian bread cubed into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (1/4 tsp for bread, 1/4 tsp. for vegetables)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound pork sausage
2 tablespoons butter or vegan buttery stick
2 cups finely diced celery
1 medium onion, diced 1/4-inch
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 thyme sprigs
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon finely chopped sage
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
2 cups turkey or chicken stock or broth
1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking oil spray. Spread the bread out on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes.

Brown the sausage in a large sauté pan, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Put the pan back on the heat and melt the butter. Add the celery, onion, garlic, thyme, and rosemary, and cook gently until the onion is translucent and celery is tender, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the bread, vegetables, chopped rosemary and sage, broth, and parsley to the bowl. Taste the stuffing for seasoning and adjust as needed. Add the eggs. Pour the stuffing into the baking inch pan. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 40 minutes, until crispy on top.

Makes: 15 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 1/2 hours

Michelle Dudash, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, author of the best-selling cookbook Clean Eating for Busy Families, and creator of the 4Real Food Reboot, an online meal planning program for weight loss.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe with Sausage

By Team Dudash Published: November 14, 2018

  • Yield: 15 Servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Ready In: 2 hrs 0 min

I recommend stocking up on a variety of fresh herbs to add flavor and aroma to make your Thanksgiving stuffing extra special, like in my Traditional Stuffing with Sausage recipe.

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking oil spray. Spread the bread out on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Brown the sausage in a large sauté pan, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Put the pan back on the heat and melt the butter. Add the celery, onion, garlic, thyme, and rosemary, and cook gently until the onion is translucent and celery is tender, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the bread, vegetables, chopped rosemary and sage, broth, and parsley to the bowl. Taste the stuffing for seasoning and adjust as needed. Add the eggs. Pour the stuffing into the baking inch pan. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 40 minutes, until crispy on top.

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