I've been making bread dressing for 20 yrs. now, it's the only dressing I know how to make. I recently started adding things like mushrooms, or sausage, and now pecans to it. This is a good basic bread dressing recipe that can be "dressed" up in numerous ways. It is veryyyyyy tasty!!
I usually start drying out bread a week or two in advance, but if not, I warm it in a 200-250° oven for about 30 min - 1 hr. to dry it out. You can cube the bread before or after you dry it out. If cubed before, stir it up a couple times while warming.
Place celery, and onions in a pan with about a tablespoon or two of olive oil and cook on low till tender. A few minutes before turning off heat, add the dried sage to the pan, stir around.
Make a slit in the sausage links and boil for about 15 min., once it's has cooled enough to handle, place under running water and squeeze. This will remove a lot of the fat. Now pop them in your food processor and grind them down. Set aside till your ready to mix together dressing.
If using homemade stock, warm stock, otherwise just use straight out of can or box.
Place dried out bread cubes in large bowl or pot. Add salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, sauted veggies, sausage, pecans, and mix together (by hand is easiest). Now start pouring your stock over mixture. About 1 c. at at time, mix after each time. You want your bread to be moist, but not soggy. Keep doing this until it is nice and moist.
Place in a large baking dish, cast iron skillet or even muffin tins. Bake 375° for about 30 - 45 min. We like ours a little crusty on top. **Muffin tins only take about 30 min.