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!
    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!
    The flavor was great, but I found that it needed to be cooked for longer than recommended.
    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.
    I first made this in 2005. Now the family doesn't want me to make any other stuffing because its that good.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    I made this last year and it was such a hit, my family requested again this year!!
    Had to add extra stock, but good none the less.
    I personally did not think it was great. I made it for Thanksgiving and I got a lot of good reviews from the guest.
    After reading the other reviews, a lot of people commented that the recipe was too dry. I think they may have missed the last ingredient which calls for 2-3 cups of stock. With this I think the recipe's perfect. Also, use Granny Smith apples and sage sausage!
    I only used two bags of stuffing and a pound and a half of sausage and cooked everything like it said, Until the oven part. We then put it in the crock pot and let it cook on low for an hour and a half then on warm for about two and a half hours. Man it was awsome. My family is still talking about this suasage after one try it made it to the family holiday recipe book.
    the flavors in the recipe are excellent combination. It was a little dry but I think that was my fault. I adjusted some of the ingredients and most likely didn't add enough liquids.

    But without a doubt I'll fix it again and again.
    After reading the reviews, I was prepared for this yummy side dish to need a little extra liquid. I doubled the liquid, but on Thanksgiving Day the stuffing was still too dry. I'd reserved a small casserole-sized dish for a day or so later. When it came time to cook it, I added chicken broth about half way up the pan. Perfect! I cooked it according to directions and the stuffing had terrific flavor and was nice and moist.
    This recipe was easy to make and everyone claims it to be the best they have tasted!
    Way too dry for our group. The recipe calls for large bags. We used 1-lb bags. The sausage, apple, celery mix had a wonderful taste and I'm sure the stuffing would have been great if I hadn't used so much stuffing.
    I wonder if 3 large bags of dry stuffing mix is a typo. 3 large bags is waaaay too much for only 2 cups of water, and waaaay too much to fit in a 9x13 inch dish. By the time I realized this and tried to save the stuffing with more butter and with chicken broth, it still wasn't enough. We threw it away and had Thanksgiving without stuffing. Ingredients are good, but just use maybe 1 bag of stuffing.
    I prepared this dressing also. It was a hit with everyone. It was easy to make and tastes good. This can be made throughout the year, complimenting even my pork dishes. Thank's .
    3 large bags of cornbread stuffing require MORE THAN just 2 C of water total. In fact, the stuffing bag says to use 2 cups for the bag. So, I added 3-4 more cups water; if I hadn't done so, the stuffing would have basically been croutons.
    My husband won't make any other stuffing. At Thanksgiving, I can't get near the stuffing. The entire family enjoys it as well.
    Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly. Thank you!
    Served with rave reviews. Definitely worth repeating-- this recipe will be added to the "must-haves" for our holidays!
    They weren't to fond of this mix. I guess some people are just comfortable with the same old box mix that they grew up with. It certainly is different that what we were used to but I thought it was ok.
    Different than the usual stuffing for holiday meals. Simple, tasty and displays marvelously. The crunch of the apples make it perfect.
    I made Thanksgiving for the first time this year and added this to my menu. It is definitely going to return for many, many years to come. Cornbread, sausage, and apples make this fall side dish super delicious!
    Loved this stuffing-you have to try it.
    VERY GOOD...
    Convinced the family to try this recipe instead of the pre-packaged kind this thanksgiving and it was a hit! Will definitely be making it again.
    I made this for thanksgiving and it was a big hit, first time cooking a big meal, I actually stuffed it in the turkey-I made it again recently with pork chops so good!
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