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Sausage Stuffing

Homemade Sausage Stuffing is the very best Thanksgiving sausage dressing recipe you can make! Made with fresh bread and tons of flavor, it won't disappoint.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Servings 12 servings
Calories 314



  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon sage (dried or minced fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground )
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes ( or more if you like heat)
  • ¼ teaspoon marjoram ( fresh if you have it)
  • 1 pinch ground cloves


  • ½ cup unsalted butter ( plus 2 tablespoons, divided)
  • 2 cups yellow onion (diced (1 large onion))
  • 2 cups celery (diced (about 8 small stalks))
  • 4 tablespoons fresh minced herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme)
  • 3 cups chicken stock (or turkey if you have it)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • ¼ cup parsley (minced)
  • 16 ounces bread (1 loaf, look for a rosemary round, cut into 1-inch cubes)


To Make the Sausage:

  • In medium sized bowl, thoroughly combine all sausage ingredients. Its easiest if you use your hands to mix.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook until brown and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
    cooked breakfast sausage

To Make the Stuffing:

  • Melt ½ cup (1 stick) butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, and minced herbs (not the parsley). Stir to coat in the melted butter and then saute until they start to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add broth to skillet and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside. Allow to cool enough that mixture is cool to the touch.
  • Meanwhile, beat egg with ¼ cup chopped parsley in a large bowl; add cubed bread and toss to coat. Pour the cooked sausage and cooled broth mixture over the bread and toss.
    ingredients for homemade Sausage Stuffing
  • Transfer to a buttered baking dish and dot with remaining two tablespoons of butter.
    sausage dressing before oven
  • Cover and bake 30 minutes at 375°F. Uncover and bake until golden; about 30 more minutes.
    thanksgiving Sausage Stuffing


  • If you like crispy sausage stuffing, cook in a larger baking dish. If you like it mushy, you can use a smaller deep baking dish.
  • Although I call this stuffing, it is baked and served as a dressing. I don't actually stuff my turkey.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg