Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Sausage stuffing in turkey

The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
219 Calories
7g Fat
28g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 219
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 12g 42%
Protein 17g
Calcium 45mg 3%
*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.)

Even if you have a favorite family stuffing, every now and then it's nice to make something new. This delicious sausage stuffing is full of fall flavor, thanks to a combination of sage, thyme, apples, dried cranberries, and whole wheat bread.

You can put this stuffing into a turkey or you can bake it in the oven or cook it in a slow cooker. Just make sure the stuffing reaches 160 F on a food thermometer before you serve it for food safety reasons.


  • 1 1/2 cups day-old whole wheat bread (cubed)
  • 3 3/4 cups day-old white bread (cubed)
  • 1 pound turkey sausage
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup celery, including top (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (cored and chopped)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (minced)
  • 3/4 cup turkey or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Ingredients for sausage stuffing
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  2. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until evenly toasted. Transfer the toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.

    Spread bread cubes
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  3. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring until the sausage is evenly browned, stirring to break up the meat.

    Cook sausage and onions
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  4. Add the celery, sage, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes longer to blend flavors.

    Add celery, sage, and thyme
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  5. Pour the sausage mixture over the bread in the bowl and toss gently with your hands.

    Pour sausage and bread in bowl
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  6. Mix in the chopped apples, dried cranberries, and parsley.

    Mix in chopped apples
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  7. Drizzle everything with the turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly, using your hands.

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  8. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill and roast bird according to turkey recipe directions. If any stuffing is left over, bake in a greased casserole at 350 F for 30 to 45 minutes until lightly browned and crisp on top and the temperature reaches 160 F.

    Spoon into turkey
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Sausage stuffing
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