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sausage bacon apple stuffing

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Didi Dalaba
Greece, NY

We emigrated here when I was a little girl. Our first Thanksgiving was explained to us by an amazing American family. Aunt Fran showed my mom the spices, the bread cubes, etc. The next year my mom replicated and added a little of "her" in it. She made her own bread and then cubed it, toasted it in the oven (I've so taken a short cut on that)! She found the spices (with some help from Aunt Fran) the rest is history... This stuffing is filled with memories! I remember sitting in the kitchen watching my parents make the meal and saying "America, such a good country and people"! Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This sausage bacon apple stuffing recipe will be a full-flavored holiday side dish. It's filled with sausage, bacon, apples, dried cherries, sauteed onions, and an assortment of herbs and spices. This fluffy stuffing is super moist and almost a meal in itself. So good!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 8 -10
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sausage bacon apple stuffing

  • 1 lb
    bacon diced
  • 3
    links Johnsonville Italian sausage (or your choice), casings removed
  • 1 lg
    loaf Italian bread (16 cups toasted and cubed)
  • 1 c
    diced onion
  • 4 - 5
    stalks celery diced
  • 1 1/2 lg
    apples, diced with peels on (I used Granny Smiths)
  • 1/2 c
    dried cherries (or dried cranberries if you prefer)
  • 2-3 c
    chicken broth (depending on how well you toasted the bread)
  • 1/2 tsp
    sage, dried
  • 1 tsp
    poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp
    fennel seeds
  • 1 pinch
    red chili flakes
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
    salt & pepper

How To Make sausage bacon apple stuffing

  • Toasted bread on a baking sheet.
    Heat oven to 350F. Cut your loaf of bread in half and place on baking sheet to toast nicely golden.
  • Bacon cooking in a skillet.
    As bread is toasting, in a skillet saute your bacon till crisp.
  • Cooked bacon draining on a paper towel.
    Remove to a paper-lined plate, and reserve your drippings.
  • Browning sausage in a skillet.
    Add your sausage to the same skillet and break apart. Cook until all pink has disappeared.
  • Sausage draining on a paper towel.
    Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Onions in a skillet with bacon drippings.
    Return the reserved bacon drippings to the skillet and add your diced onion.
  • Sauteeing onions until soft.
    Saute until onion is just starting to soften.
  • Toasted bread cut into cubes.
    Bread should be toasted nicely. Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle, cube the bread and add the cubes into a large bowl.
  • Adding diced apples.
    Add your diced apples.
  • Adding in the remaining ingredients.
    Add the rest of your ingredients including your spices, and mix well until all ingredients have been incorporated.
  • Slowly adding chicken stock.
    Add your chicken broth. Depending on your size bread, it could take either 2-3 cups.
  • Stuffing mixture spread into a baking dish.
    Using a 13 x 9 pan spray with nonstick spray. Pour the stuffing mixture and spread evenly.
  • Baking dish covered in aluminum foil.
    Bake at 350F for 45-55 covered. Uncover the last 20 minutes or so to crisp a little ontop.
  • Sausage Bacon Apple Stuffing on a cooling rack.
    You can serve from the pan, or place in a pretty bowl to bring to the table. Sit back, and get ready for compliments!!