Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
20 min
1 hr

8 to 10 servings

  • 2 sticks plus 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (14 to 16-ounce) bags of your favorite dried cornbread stuffing mix, recommended: Arnold's
  • 1 pound pork sausage (not links)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 medium apples, cored, sliced
  • 2 to 3 cups homemade giblet stock or low sodium canned chicken broth

In a large pot melt 2 sticks butter in water. When melted add dry cornbread stuffing stirring to incorporate liquid, set aside.

In a large saute pan set over medium-high heat melt 1 tablespoon butter and add sausage. With a wooden spoon break up sausage and saute until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer sausage to paper towels to drain. In the same pan melt remaining butter and saute onions with the garlic, celery, thyme, and sage until onions are translucent and celery is crisp tender. Add walnuts and saute for 1 minute. Add apples and saute for one minute more. Remove from heat. Combine cornbread stuffing with sauteed ingredients and stuff turkey. Roast turkey as usual.

Alternatively: fill a 10 by 15 by 2 inch pan with the stuffing, moisten with the giblet stock, and bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven, covered with foil for 1/2 hour. Remove foil and bake until top is lightly browned, about 15 minutes more.

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Oh my gosh.....I have made lots of different stuffings but this one everyone has to try. It is so yummy. Best ever! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Each year, I pull out all the stops for my holiday dinner and each year I regret my stuffing - until now. Finally, I have the recipe I'll use each year moving forward. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was great, but I found that it needed to be cooked for longer than recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My grandma makes a sausage and apple stuffing but she is old school and just "eye-balls" ingredients. Needless to say the directions she gave me were useless - I need actual measurements. This recipe really saved the day! I omitted the walnuts and celery and was happy to find Jimmy Dean actually makes a sage flavored sausage. Perfect! We stuffed the turkey with stuffing and it came out soggy and gross. I ended up throwing it away. The stuffing cooked in a baking dish however was AMAZING. This will be my only stuffing from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I first made this in 2005. Now the family doesn't want me to make any other stuffing because its that good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I altered the recipe by using spicy vension sausage and 32 ounces of organic chicken stock to moisten the recipe. I used (2) 16 ounce bags of cornbread stuffing. This recipe makes an abundance of dressing, so I put the extra in silicon muffin pans and made individual dressings. Thought I would try it out before Thanksgiving Day. They turned out great. I covered them in the toaster oven for 30 minutes and then uncovered for 15. I think tomorrow for Turkey Day I will make it in muffin pans instead of the large pans it turned out so well. Good luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the cornbread is sweet & buttery and the apples & sausage combo are a great complement to the savory turkey/mashed pot/gravy. I've made it for at least the past 5 years. Can't go wrong with this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't stuff this into a turkey but ohh was it tasty! I used a little more chicken stock to moisten it up. Use different kinds of sausage to make it your own. They don't specify what size both of stuffing to get, I used a really nice organic version and it tasted wonderful though I would have liked the option to make my own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last year and it was such a hit, my family requested again this year!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had to add extra stock, but good none the less. item not reviewed by moderator and published