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Sausage stuffing in a white casserole dish with a beige linen on the side.
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Sausage Stuffing

This sausage stuffing is a family holiday favorite. In this recipe, flavorful sausage, toasted almonds, vegetables and homemade croutons are combined to make the best stuffing.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword holidays, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 390kcal
Author Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 6 Slices of White Bread cut into cubes and lightly toasted
  • ½ cup Sliced Almonds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 2 Celery Ribs diced
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 16 ounces Pork Sausage casings removed (or use bulk sausage) and torn into small pieces
  • 1 Large Egg slightly beaten
  • cup Chicken Broth more or less as needed
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  • You will also need: Cooking Spray or oil to lightly coat the baking dish, Casserole dish – we used a 1.5 quart dish

Make the croutons

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Cut the bread into roughly 1 inch cubes. Arrange them on a large baking sheet. Bake the croutons for 6 – 8 minutes until they’re lightly toasted.

Toast the almonds

  • Place the almonds in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook them gently for 5-6 minutes until golden. Shake the skillet often and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Cook the vegetables

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking add the onions and celery. Cook gently for 4 – 5 minutes until the onions are translucent, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Brown the sausage

  • Raise the heat to medium-high and add the sausage. Cook, about 5 minutes to brown the sausage, stirring frequently and breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the sliced almonds, stir to combine. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes while stirring.
  • Remove the sausage mixture from the heat. You will need to handle it with your hands, so let it cool down. Stir the sausage once in a while to allow the steam to escape, it will cool quicker.

Prepare the sausage stuffing

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Add the sausage mixture, toasted croutons, a slightly beaten egg and a generous pinch of salt to a large bowl.
  • Slowly add in the chicken broth while combining the ingredients with your hands. Continue adding chicken broth until the bread is moist all the way through but not soupy.
  • Spray a medium casserole dish lightly with cooking spray. Add the stuffing to the dish without packing it down.

Bake

  • Bake the sausage stuffing for approximately 30-40 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown color, and the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F. Use an instant read thermometer to make sure.

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Notes

The cooking time will depend on the size of the casserole dish; the thicker the layer of stuffing, the longer the cooking time will be. If you’re using a large casserole dish the layer of stuffing will be thinner so cut the cooking time. Check it after 20-25 minutes and gauge the remaining cooking time from there. As a reference we used a 1.5 quart baking dish and our baking time was 40 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg