Turkey Dressing Recipe

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Caroline Reznicek


Every year , I would cook a turkey for the holidays, and every year the dressing would just get sort of picked at and ended up in the trash. I tried a lot of different types and ways of making it but it just never seemed to quite do the trick. Then I began just making the boxed Stove Top dressings and they did somewhat better but were still not quite what we wanted. I began adding a few different ingredients to the boxed mixes and finally, three years ago, ALL of the dressing got eaten with a few compliments thrown in. This is the recipe I ended up with that everyone seems to love.

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about 15
20 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


3 c
diced celery
1 large
diced onion (sweet or vidalia)
1 (4oz) box
wild rice. (do not use the kind with white or brown rice mixed in.)
1 lb
roll of sage sausage
1 lb
roll of hot sausage
3 box
turkey stuffing mix: stove top or store brand. or about 18oz. seasoned dried bread cubes.
3 stick
1 c
water for sausage cooking
4 1/2 c
liquid (***see below***)



  • 1Cook wild rice according to box directions for about 1 hour.
  • 2While wild rice is cooking, crumble both sausage rolls into a large pot and cook with a cup of water to soften and mash. Cook thoroughly, but NOT to browned or crispy stage.
  • 3When sausage is nearly cooked, add diced onion and celery and continue cooking with sausage until onion is clear and celery is soft.
  • 4Add the 3 sticks of margerine.
  • 5Add cooked wild rice and any liquid left in the rice, and stir well.
  • 6NOW ***Either estimate the amount of liquid you end up with from cooking sausage and rice mixture, or drain, save, and measure liquid and set aside. You will need 4 1/2 cups total liquid. You may add some of the juice from your turkey as part of the liquid(best)or just add chicken stock or plain water.***
  • 7Add the liquid back to your sausage mixture, bring to a boil again, and remove from stove.
  • 8Add seasoned bread cubes to sausage and toss well.
  • 9Spray large baking dish with cooking spray to make removing easier and add dressing mixture. (I like to use those disposable aluminum oven pans you can buy at the supermarket.)
  • 10Brown top of dressing in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes and serve hot with your turkey.
  • 11NOTE: This recipe makes a lot of stuffing for a large group of 15 or so. I have never tried to cut it down, but I'm sure it can be done at least into thirds. You can also freeze any leftovers.

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Course/Dish: Turkey, Other Side Dishes