Southern Style Sausage Dressing with Apples and Pecans
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 20
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 14 1x
Cuisine: Side Dish
1x 2x 3x Ingredients
1 (6oz) package dry cornbread stuffing mix (like StoveTop)
6 cups of cubed, bread (about 10 slices), toasted
1/2 pound of hot breakfast sausage (like Jimmy Dean) or spicy Italian sausage
1/2 pound of mild breakfast sausage
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) of unsalted butter
1/4 cup dehydrated onion
2 stalks (ribs) of celery (about a cup), chopped
2 tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used Granny Smith.)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Good Rub Organic Cajun Seasoning), or to taste, optional
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
1 (12 oz) jar of turkey gravy
3/4 cup of chopped pecans
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cups of chicken broth or stock, or more to desired consistency
Toast the cubed bread in 400 degree F oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
While the bread is toasting, saute the sausage in a large skillet until brown; remove from the pan and set aside. Do not throw away the pan drippings.
Melt the butter in the pan drippings over medium heat and saute the onions and celery until it begins to lightly brown and smells aromatic.
Add the apple; cook and stir for about 5 minutes longer
Remove from heat, return the sausage to the pan and season with the salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, sage, thyme, and poultry seasoning. Taste, adjust seasonings, and set aside to cool.
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan; set aside.
In a very large bowl or pot, add the bread crumbs, and cornbread stuffing mix, and toss.
Stir in the sausage mixture.
Add the gravy and pecans; gently mix together until well blended.
Add the beaten eggs, combine well, then pour the mixture into the buttered 9X13 pan. Pat down lightly.
Pour 1 cup of broth evenly over the stuffing, if desired, add more broth to desired consistency. (I don’t like overly wet stuffing, so 1 cup was the perfect amount for me.)
Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through and top is lightly browned.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Deep South Dish recipe Sausage Dressing with Apple and Pecan.
Saturated Fat: 8g
Trans Fat: 0g