I always make 2 kids of stuffing. Regular traditional sausage stuffing made with Sage sausage and then a Apple Cranberry Stuffing made with Maple flavored sausage, fresh apples, dried cranberries and chopped pecans. Once you have the basic recipe you can doctor it up anyway you want.
Here is the basic ingredients for Traditional Sausage Stuffing
1 Lb of Sausage- any flavor you like. I prefer the sage. I really like Jimmy Dean but any kind you like is fine.
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1/4 cup of butter
1 loaf of good sturdy white bread. I like Pepperidge Farm's white sandwich bread cut into 1/2" or so cubes- crust and all.
2 tsp crushed sage- 1 tsp if you are using the Sage stuffing
1/2 tsp ground pepper
Salt to taste.
For the Apple Cranberry Stuffing with Pecans, you'll need these additional ingredients:
2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup of pecans
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- Cube the bread and place it into a large bowl that has a lid, if you are not using sage sausage, sprinkle the dried sausage and pepper over the top of the bread cubes and toss until mixed. Place the lid on and set aside.
- Place the sausage and the chopped onions into a large frying pan- that has a lid.
- Over Medium to Med-High heat, brown the sausage and the onions until the meat is completely cooked through.
- Place the celery, and butter for the traditional and the celery, apples, pecans, dried cranberries and the butter on top of the sausage and onion mixture. DO NOT STIR.
- Place the lid on and turn the heat off. Let sit for 20 minutes. This allows the celery and apples to soften but not get smoochy.
- If you are doing this a day ahead, Place the pan into the fridge at this point. The next day, remove from the fridge and over medium heat stir the ingredients for 10 minutes or until everything is heated through again.
- After the 20 minutes, dump the meat and veggie mixture over the top of the bread cubes and stir until combined. Place into a greased casserole dish and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees until heated through. If the stuffing seems too dry you can use some canned chicken stock to moisten it or pan juices from the turkey.