Apple Sausage Stuffing

I think we all know that Thanksgiving isn’t really about the turkey. It is about the sides! The carb-loaded delicious side options are truly endless when it comes to the Holiday meal. But one of the most classic dishes, perhaps the queen of the sides, is stuffing. It is one of my personal favorites too! So I knew I needed to create my own version this year. Apple Sausage Stuffing is the perfect stuffing recipe. It’s delicious, flavorful, and takes your traditional, and somewhat boring, stuffing a step up without straying too far from it’s classic roots.

Apple Sausage Stuffing is made with a fresh brioche loaf, sweet Italian sausage, apple & celery, and lots of delicious herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme! This simple oven baked stuffing is savory and sweet, fluffy and crispy, and truly everything a holiday side should be. It’s the perfect turkey pairing for this Thanksgiving!

Apple Sausage Stuffing

Ingredients needed for Homemade Sausage Stuffing…

Fresh brioche bread, savory sausage, sweet apple, and lots of flavorful herbs make this stuffing some of the best I’ve ever had! Plus more delicious ingredients of course.

  • Brioche bread: The base of this homemade sausage stuffing recipe is a fresh brioche loaf. You’ll dry out the bread until its nice and crunchy and then it is perfect for stuffing. It creates a fluffy yet crispy texture, and most importantly does not get too soggy! You’ll need 1 lb.
  • Italian Sausage: I think sausage in a stuffing is truly key. It provides an unbeatable savory flavor and juicy texture. Add 1 lb of sweet Italian sausage removed from the casings. You could also use sage sausage!
  • Chicken stock: Chicken stock is used as the main liquid in this recipe! It also adds tons of flavor. 1 1/2 cups is the perfect amount.
  • Eggs: Eggs also provide some moisture here and of course binding. Add 2!
  • Onion & Celery: You will need 1 diced onion and 1 cup of chopped celery for this Apple Sausage Stuffing.
  • Apple: I love adding apple to this recipe! It adds a perfect sweetness to balance out the savory and compliment the other delicious flavors going on. You’ll need 1 apple, I recommend Honeycrisp!
  • Butter: Butter is used in this recipe to sauté up the veggies. It also of course adds that rich flavor we all know and love!
  • Herbs & Spices: This holiday side dish is loaded with herbs and bursting with flavor! You’ll need 1 1/2 tsp ground sage, 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp rosemary, and 1 tsp of garlic powder.
  • Salt & pepper: Add salt and pepper to taste to this sausage stuffing recipe.
  • Fresh thyme: Fresh thyme is an optional, but tasty and beautiful addition.
Italian Sausage Stuffing

How to make Apple Sausage Stuffing…

Oven baked Apple Sausage Stuffing is super simple to make! No actual turkey stuffing needed. Just a casserole dish!

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Then prepare the rest of your ingredients.  Dice the onion and chop the celery & apple.
  3. Next add the onion, celery, and butter to a large pan on the stove over medium heat.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes or until soft and fragrant.
  4. Add in the apple and sauté for another 5 minutes. Then remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, cook the Italian sausage with the casings removed.  Season with salt & pepper.
  6. While the veggies & sausage are cooking, combine the chicken stock, eggs, and salt & pepper.  Whisk until combined evenly.
  7. Once the sausage is browned, remove from the heat and add to a large bowl.  Add the veggies, dried bread cubes, sage, thyme, rosemary, and garlic powder.  Toss to combine.
  8. Then add the liquid mixture on top and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.  The bread cubes should all be coated in the liquid.  Add salt & pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer the stuffing to a baking dish and spread evenly.  Bake at 350 minutes for 30 minutes covered and then uncovered for 15 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!
Homemade Sausage Stuffing

Which bread is the best for this Thanksgiving Stuffing?

I used a fresh brioche loaf in this stuffing recipe and it was perfect!

It has a delicious & rich buttery flavor, is great at absorbing the liquids, and does not get soggy when baked. I highly recommend that you use it for this recipe. However, other good stuffing breads are your classic white sandwich bread or challah!

How to prepare the bread for Apple Sausage Stuffing…

To make stuffing you need to use stale or dried out bread. Otherwise there will just be too much moisture and your stuffing will be soggy. Which is of course a big no-no when it comes to stuffing! You’ll want to achieve the feel of those bread cubes that come in the boxed stovetop stuffing. Except, trust me, when it’s fresh bread that is used the results are 100 times better!

You have two options. The first is to leave your bread out uncovered until stale and hardened. The second option is to dry out in the oven. Which I think is much easier and what I did!

Here’s how to dry in the oven!

  1. Set the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Cut the brioche loaf into about 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Spread evenly in one layer on a baking tray. You may need to use two trays to fit all the cubes!
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until crunchy and dry like croutons.

Tip! You can prepare you bread ahead of time to save time on the day you will actually be making your stuffing.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

What type of apple should I use in Italian Sausage Stuffing?

My favorite type of apple for any purpose is Honeycrisp! It’s my favorite to eat on it’s own, use in baking, and is my choice in this stuffing too. It’s just the perfect apple … not too sweet or tart, adding the best flavor to this Apple Sausage Stuffing.

Gala would be another good option!

What kind of sausage should I use in Homemade Stuffing?

I used sweet Italian pork sausage in this recipe! It was the perfect choice and added an unbeatable flavor. It’s juicy, savory, and just downright delicious!

You could also use sage sausage or even chicken sausage if you’re looking for a lighter option.

Holiday Side Dish

Is this Thanksgiving Stuffing made inside the turkey?

No, this stuffing recipe is not made inside the turkey! To be honest, when I was younger I never like the idea of stuffing actually being stuffed inside the turkey so I chose to bake this recipe in a casserole dish.

And it comes out even more delicious than the traditional method in my opinion! The texture is soft and fluffy on the inside, but golden and crispy on the top. It’s the best of both worlds! Plus baking in a dish is less messy, easier, and a time saver.

How to best store this recipe…

You can store Apple Sausage Stuffing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for about 1 – 1 1/2 weeks!

Apple Sausage Stuffing

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Apple Sausage Stuffing

Apple Sausage Stuffing is made with a fresh brioche loaf, sweet Italian sausage, apple & celery, and lots of delicious herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme! This simple oven baked stuffing is savory and sweet, fluffy and crispy, and truly everything a holiday side should be. It’s the perfect turkey pairing for this Thanksgiving!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven Baked

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup butter, salted
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, chopped
  • 1 lb brioche bread, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Prepare the bread cubes: Set the oven to 250 degrees.  Then cut the brioche loaf into about 1/2 inch cubes.  Spread evenly in one layer on a baking tray.  You may need to use two trays in order to fit all the cubes.  Bake for about 45 minutes.  They will be done when they are crunchy and dry, sort of like croutons.  You can also do this ahead of time!
  2. Then set the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the rest of your ingredients.  Dice the onion and chop the celery & apple.
  3. Next add the onion, celery, and butter to a large pan on the stove over medium heat.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes or until soft and fragrant.
  4. Add in the apple and sauté for another 5 minutes. Then remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, cook the Italian sausage with the casings removed.  Season with salt & pepper.
  6. While the veggies & sausage are cooking, combine the chicken stock, eggs, and salt & pepper.  Whisk until combined evenly.
  7. Once the sausage is browned, remove from the heat and add to a large bowl.  Add the veggies, dried bread cubes, sage, thyme, rosemary, and garlic powder.  Toss to combine.
  8. Then add the liquid mixture on top and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.  The bread cubes should all be coated in the liquid.  Add salt & pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer the stuffing to a baking dish and spread evenly.  Bake at 350 minutes for 30 minutes covered and then uncovered for 15 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

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