Pork, Apricot and Pistachio Sausage

Pork, apricot, and pistachio dressing

The Spruce Eats / Teena Agnel

  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: serves 8 to 10
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
219 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 219
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 13g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pork sausage complements the holiday turkey, but it doesn't have to be done as a stuffing—it can be prepared separately and served as a side dish or dressing. In this Gordon Ramsay recipe, the sausage is combined with apples, apricots. and pistachios. It encases a spicy Merguez sausage and is then rolled into a cylinder shape, cooked, and sliced. You can assemble the dressing up to two days ahead, and cook it with the Lemon and Garlic Roast Turkey.


  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 apple
  • 5 or 6 dried apricots (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (finely chopped)
  • 1 lemon (zested and grated)
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 to 18 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 Merguez sausages or Spanish chorizo

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pork, apricot and pistachio dressing ingredinets
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  2. Put the ground pork into a mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix together.

    Put ground pork in mixing bowl
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  3. Using a box grater, grate the apple into the mixing bowl, and combine with the pork.

    Add apple
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  4. Add the chopped apricots and pistachios and mix together.

    Add apricot
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  5. Add the lemon zest and chopped parsley to the mixture and mix until well-combined.

    Add lemon zest
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  6. Lay a 17-inch piece of aluminum foil flat on a work surface and drizzle with olive oil. Use your fingers to spread the olive oil over the foil. Place 2 sage leaves end-to-end on the foil, slightly overlapping each end. Lay 2 more end-to-end sage leaves next to the first 2 sage leaves, and repeat until all sage leaves are used. Sprinkle the sage with salt and freshly ground pepper.

    Leaves on foil
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  7. Divide the sausage mixture in half and shape into a cylinder. Lay the cylinder in the center of the sage leaves, then gently flatten the pork, running your fingers down the middle to make a slight indentation.

    Divide sausage mixture
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  8. Lay 1 Merguez or Spanish chorizo in the indentation, then measure and cut the second Merguez to fit the remaining indentation. Use the remaining pork mixture to cover and encase the Merguez.

    Add sausage
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  9. Pick up the foil at the end closest to you, and roll up the pork, jelly-roll fashion. Keep the foil tight as you roll. Pull the foil back to make sure the sage leaves are now clinging to the pork, and re-position them if needed.

    Add sage
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  10. Re-wrap the pork tightly, molding it into a log. Twist both ends of the foil, pushing the pork together so it's a compact sausage-shape. You can now store this in the refrigerator up to two-days ahead.

    Rewrap pork
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  11. When you're ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400 F and bake for 40 minutes.

  12. Slice and serve.

    Slice and serve
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