Sausage Stuffing

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Sausage Stuffing is the perfect side dish for any holiday spread. Celery, onions, fresh herbs, and seasoned pork sausage are tossed with bread and broth and baked until golden. 

This easy sausage stuffing recipe is full of flavor and perfect served with Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce!

Baked Sausage stuffing - an easy dressing recipe for Thanksgiving.

Sausage Stuffing

Thanksgiving is always a big family holiday for us! Since I often host a large crowd, I love dishes that I can prep ahead of time (and that everyone raves about)!

As much as I love turkey, I have to admit the thing I love most are the side dishes! From Sweet Potato Casserole to Classic Green Bean Casserole (and of course corn casserole) I could skip the turkey and just have a spread of sides. My absolute favorite side dish is always – stuffing

traditional stuffing recipe has been my go to (and don’t get me wrong, I do love a classic dressing) but this sausage stuffing recipe is next level. Between the juicy chunks of seasoned sausage and fresh herbs this is definitely my new holiday must have! The juices from the sausage add great flavor to the dressing and of course fresh herbs make everything better!

A bowl of dry stuffing ingredients to make the best sausage stuffing of all time!

How To Make Sausage Stuffing

Thanksgiving dressing (or stuffing) with sausage is delicious and flavorful! Made with fried sausage, celery, onion, seasoned with poultry seasoning and fresh herbs.

  1. Tear/slice bread cubes and allow to dry overnight.
  2. Brown sausage and set aside. Cook celery and onions.
  3. Toss all ingredients with broth until moist.
  4. Bake (or cool completely and stuff your turkey).

To save time (and space) on the big day, I like to prep my stuffing up to 24 hours in advance and storing it in the fridge. Then, I can just pop it in the oven when it’s time (you may need to add a few extra minutes bake time if it’s chilled from the fridge)!

A pan of sausage, celery and onions ready prepared to make perfect sausage stuffing.

How to Stuff a Turkey

I love to cook sausage stuffing a casserole dish in the oven but of course it’s fabulous stuffed inside of a turkey too! You’ll need approximately 1/2 cup of stuffing per pound of turkey.

Stuffing Food Safety Tips

  • Stuffing recipe should be completely cooled
  • Do not add raw ingredients to stuffing (like eggs or raw oysters)
  • Stuff turkey before cooking (do not stuff ahead of time)
  • Place stuffing gently in the bird, do not pack it in
  • Centre of stuffing must reach 165°F
  • Extra stuffing can be baked in a casserole dish about 25 minutes (or until reaches 165°F)

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Tips for Great Sausage Stuffing

Stuffing is easy to make but the consistency and flavor can vary based on your ingredients and even the type of bread you choose!

  • Bread
    • Any kind of bread will work.
    • Dry cubed bread on the counter for a day or two or bake at 250°F for 10-15 minutes (do not brown)
    • Replace half of the bread with cornbread for a flavorful option
  • Sausage
    • Any kind of ground sausage will work (Italian/turkey/breakfast)
    • Cool sausage completely before adding if making this ahead of time
    • Cook the celery and onions in the sausage fat for extra flavor
  • Broth
    • Homemade or store bought broth or stock can be used
    • If using store bought, I use boxed ready to use works well
    • The amount of broth needed for stuffing can vary greatly based on the type of bread you use and how dry it is. Eg. dried bread cubes from the store will require much more broth than cubes left on the counter overnight.
    • Sausage and any add-ins (see below) will also add moisture so ensure your stuffing isn’t soggy.
  • Add-Ins
    • Add a handful of any of the following for a festive twist on your holiday stuffing
      • chopped pecans or walnuts
      • dried or fresh cranberries, dried fruit (apricots, raisins, cherries)
      • diced apples, cooked & cooled veggies (mushrooms, butternut squash)
      • cooked wild rice

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Sausage Stuffing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
This sausage stuffing recipe is the perfect side dish for any holiday spread.


  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 8 cups dried bread cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs parsley, thyme, rosemary and/or sage
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

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  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F

  2. Brown sausage until no pink remains. Remove from skillet reserving drippings.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet. Add onion, celery and poultry seasoning and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, add dried bread cubes, cooled sausage, onions and celery, fresh herbs. Toss to combine.

  5. Add broth a little bit at a time while stirring to combine *see note. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Place in a 2.5qt casserole dish and drizzle with 1/4 cup melted butter.

  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Recipe Notes

The amount of broth will vary based on type of bread used.
Add broth to soften the bread (you don't want it mushy). Allow a bit of time for bread to soak up broth between additions if your bread is very dry. 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 274, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 636mg, Potassium: 260mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 10g, Vitamin A: 255%, Vitamin C: 5.3%, Calcium: 55%, Iron: 1.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword dressing, sausage stuffing, turkey stuffing

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