Sausage Apple Stuffing is the perfect easy stuffing recipe. Loaded with fall flavors of apples, apple cider, onion, celery and maple sausage, this sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish. You can use this easy homemade stuffing recipe as a side dish for dinner or for stuffing a turkey.
Sausage Apple Stuffing
If you are looking for the best stuffing recipe then you want to make this apple sausage stuffing. One of my long time childhood friends shared this recipe for apple sausage stuffing with me years before food blogging was a thing. It was the only stuffing recipe she has ever made and has been in her family forever.
My dad has forever been the Thanksgiving chef in our family until I started having Thanksgiving at our house. When I started I stuck with the same recipes and foods that my Dad always made. As time went on I wanted to venture out and change things up and add some new things. This easy sausage and apple stuffing was one of the first things I made that was new for our Thanksgiving meal.
The year I told my dad I was going to change things up and make this apple and sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving. I could tell by his response that it was not exactly what he wanted me to make, but after dinner that Thanksgiving he told me it was an awesome stuffing. Ever since then I make a batch of this sausage stuffing and my dad’s favorite (which eventually I hope to get shared with you all) and if I am feeling extra motivated I also like to make Rosemary fresh bread stuffing.
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
- Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Lemon Roasted Asparagus
- Green beans with bacon
- Cheesy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
- Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce
- Apple Cider Roast Brussel Sprouts
- Whole Roasted Cauliflower
- Oven Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
- Sour cream mashed potatoes
- Homemade gravy
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Why you Will Love This Sausage and Apple Stuffing Recipe
- Easy to make. All you have to do is cook some sausage, chop some veggies, and then you are ready to make the stuffing. Once made the stuffing is baked for a short time in the oven.
- Egg-Free Stuffing. There is no need for eggs in this stuffing recipe.
- Make it ahead of time. You can prep the dish and then bake it the next day if you are worried about prep time during the holiday cooking time.
- Easy to double. You can easily double this recipe if needed.
How to Use Homemade Stuffing
If you want to have an awesome stuffing for turkey, chicken, or pork chops this is it. I love using this homemade sausage apple stuffing when stuffing our Thanksgiving turkey.
Bake on its own. With this stuffing recipe, you can bake it in a dish as a side dish. The best option is a 9×13-inch baking pan or any oven-safe baking dish that is 3 to 4 quarts.
Stuff a turkey. Loosely fill the turkey cavity with the prepared stuffing. Don’t pack it tightly as it needs room to expand during cooking. Bake the stuffing while in the turkey.
How to use this Stuffing recipe to stuff a turkey
If you are a turkey stuffer, you can totally use this recipe to make stuffing to stuff a turkey with. Follow the directions below until you get to the baking step and instead of baking the dressing use it to stuff the turkey and it will cook while the turkey is cooking.
When you are cooking the stuffing in a turkey you must use a meat thermometer to make sure the stuffing gets to 165°F.
Variations of this recipe
While I love this sausage stuffing recipe as it is you can change things up a bit to match with other flavors that you have in your meal.
Add dried fruit. Dried cherries and dried cranberries are great additions to this stuffing.
Use ground sausage. My favorite sausage to use is the maple sausage links but you can also use ground sausage.
Add more veggies. You can also add carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms if you want to.
Change up the sausage. You can also use turkey sausage or apple sausage if you do not like pork sausage.
Different bread. If you are using unseasoned toasted bread cubes then you will want to add spices including sage, salt, and thyme. You can use fresh herbs or dried herbs.
Add more spices. You can add more spices including black pepper, fresh sage, and fresh parsley after you are done mixing the stuffing on the stove.
What type of apple should I use for this stuffing?
Choosing the right apples for sausage apple stuffing depends on personal preference. To be honest I have made this sausage stuffing with whatever apple type I have had in the fruit basket and it always turns out great, so don’t stress too much on the type of apple. Some apple varieties work well due to their balance of sweetness and tartness and their ability to hold up during cooking. Here are a few great options:
- Granny Smith apples. These are popular for their tartness and firm texture, which holds up well in cooking. They add a nice contrast to the savory flavors in the stuffing.
- Honeycrisp apples. Known for their sweetness and crispness, Honeycrisp apples bring a delightful sweet note to the stuffing while holding their shape.
Can I Make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes. You can make this dish ahead of time and wrap it with plastic wrap and then remove the plastic wrap and bake later. It will keep in the fridge unbaked for 1-2 days.
How to store Stuffing Leftovers
Allow the stuffing to cool completely at room temperature before storing. Place it in an airtight container or seal it in a resealable plastic bag. Store it in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking. Properly stored, it will last for 3 to 4 days.
Can I freeze Stuffing?
Yes! If you want to keep stuffing for a longer period, freezing is an option. Again, ensure it cools completely before freezing. Place it in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag, removing as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Label with the date and use within 1-2 months for the best quality.
When ready to eat, thaw frozen stuffing overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat it thoroughly in the oven or microwave until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure it’s safe to eat. Add a bit of extra moisture (like chicken broth or melted butter) if it seems dry during reheating.
Sausage Apple Stuffing Ingredients
- Herb Seasoned Stuffing. If you can not find the Herb stuffing then you will want to add spices to the unseasoned bread stuffing mix.
- Salted butter. If you don’t have salted butter you can use unsalted butter, just add a pinch of salt to the stuffing mixture.
- Apple Cider.
- Apple. Chopped in to small pieces.
- Maple breakfast sausage links. You can use fresh sausage or ground sausage, but it needs to be cooked before adding to the mixture. I personally prefer to use the maple breakfast sausage links.
- Vegetables. Celery and Onion. Add others including mushrooms and bell peppers if desired.
- Poultry Seasoning.
How to Make Sausage Apple Stuffing
Cook the sausage links, you can heat them in the microwave or cook theme according to the package on the stove. Once cooked chop into pieces and set aside.
Wash and chop the apple and set it aside.
Wash and chop the celery and set aside.
Chop the onion and set aside.
Over medium heat in a stockpot, melt the butter.
Once the butter is melted, turn the burner heat to low and add the dry stuffing mix and apple cider. Mix until the stuffing has absorbed the liquid and all of it is well moistened.
Add the chopped apple, chopped celery, chopped onion, cooked sausage, and poultry seasoning and mix well.
Spray a baking dish or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the stuffing mixture into the baking dish.
Bake in the oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. If you are going to stuff a turkey then you can skip the baking step.
Easy Holiday recipes
- The Best Apple pie
- Crustless pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
- Sweet potato pie with marshmallow
- Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce
- Brown Suagr Lil’ Smokies
Sausage Apple Stuffing Recipe
- 14 ounce bag of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 2 Cups Apple Cider
- 1 large apple chopped
- 12 ounces maple breakfast sausage links cooked and sliced
- 2 stalks Celery
- 1 large Onion
- 1/2 tablespoons Poultry Seasoning
- Cook the sausage links, you can heat them in the microwave or cook them according to the package on the stove. Once cooked chop into pieces and set aside.
- Wash and chop the apple and set it aside.
- Wash and chop the celery and set aside.
- Chop the onion and set aside.
- Over medium heat in a stockpot, melt the butter.
- Once the butter is melted, turn the burner heat to low and add the dry stuffing mix and apple cider. Mix until the stuffing has absorbed the liquid and all of it is well moistened.
- Add the chopped apple, chopped celery, chopped onion, cooked sausage, and poultry seasoning and mix well.
- Spray a baking dish or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour the stuffing mixture into the baking dish.
- Bake in the oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. If you are going to stuff a turkey then you can skip the baking step.