This stuffing is the real star of the show with tangy cranberry and sweet apples who even needs the rest of the meal!
Our house, like so many, have the stuffing vs dressing debate. Do you or do you not stuff your turkey? Now I don’t know about you but I feel like people feel strongly one way or the other. We always had both to satisfy everyone as well as to make sure there is enough because in our house the stuffing is the star!
Now I’m calling this recipe stuffing but really it’s dressing. What I love so much about dressing is that you can really have it any time and you don’t need a turkey present. I know that no one in my family would attest to stuffing over mashed potatoes with just about any meal.
Now for another debate - do you add sausage? Traditionally our house is not a sausage stuffing house but, sometimes you need to branch out and try new things and with this recipe, I might be converted. Though if you are not sold on the idea just leave it out and I promise you no one will complain.
The other great thing is you can make this up a day in advance and have it all ready to go for the big meal. Just bake and enjoy!
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 1 hour
total time 1 hour 30 minutes
servings 6-8 people
1 loaf white bread
3 tbsp butter
1 white onion
5 stocks celery
1 cup cranberries
3 links Chicken Apple Sausage
5 sage leaves
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp dried sage or poultry seasoning
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Cube bread and place in a large bowl.
In a large frying pan melt butter then add chopped onions and celery and sauté for 5 minutes of until onions are soft and translucent. Add in chopped apples and cook another 5 minutes adding in cranberries for the last minute. Remove from heat and pour over bread.
In the same frying pan cook sausage that has been removed from its casing for 8-10 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked and is crumbled. Pour into the same large bowl as the bread and vegetable.
In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, stock sage leaves, dried sage, salt + pepper. Pour mixture over bread and mix thoroughly until it is all combined.
Pour mixture into greased casserole dish and bake for 1 hour.