Italian Sausage Stuffing

Friday, November 12, 2021
Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, and Italian Sausage Stuffing are just a few menu items that truly reminds me of the holidays but you won't want to wait for a holiday to make this easy stuffing recipe.

Mom always made sure she used fresh herbs which makes a huge difference in flavors. along with, homemade chicken broth and stale bread which we had plenty of since dad worked in the bread bakery baked in the 1950s.

The stuffing could also have a variety of additions added if you have some picky eaters or are not a meat lover.

If you need to bring a casserole dish to a holiday dinner party or for entertaining guests at home this is the most flavorful and memorable stuffing your family and friends will ever eat!

Again, this can be super fancy, festive, or plain by simply adapting with mix in's.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card and also read my tips and suggestions to make the best recipe for stuffing you will ever need.


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Easy Stuffing Side Dish For Any Meal



There are all kinds of stuffing recipes and everyone makes them just a little different.


There are so many variations you can use in stuffing but we just love our Italian-style sausage stuffing as a side dish with any meal.


This casserole can be simple or turned into a gourmet stuffing with just a few additions we suggest below that can be dressed up and festive for any holiday table or entertaining guests.


this is a casserole of stuffing with loose Italian sausage



Tips and Additions Suggestions

  1. Add sliced mushrooms, chopped onion, peppers of any kind chopped
  2. brown the sausage until it starts to get a little crispy
  3. add a dash of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for more heat 
  4. always use loose sausage or take out of the casings for whole links
  5. fruits add a sweetness toss in before baking see below for suggestions
  6. dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, fig, dates, or boiled chestnuts can be added 
  7. if the stuffing starts to dry out add more broth or strained turkey juice
  8. add a little turkey juice to the liquid content for extra flavor
  9. any stale bread can be used including artisan, cornbread cubes, leftover stale panettone bread, Italian or French bread, sourdough, or another you prefer
  10. chopped fresh apples can be added in with the bread cubes
  11. if the stuffing starts to dry out add more broth to it
  12. garnish with toasted nuts preferably pistachios and cranberries during the holiday season for a festive look
  13. always whisk the eggs until well blended
  14. for vegetarians use tofu, fruits, and nuts, or vegetables of any kind and omit the sausage


eggs whisked for stuffing


Tools

  • casserole pan  at least 3 quart
  • frying pan
  • fork
  • measuring cups
  • sharp knife
  • spoon
  • bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • aluminum foil to cover the top


crispy fried loose sausage


Ingredients For Italian Sausage Stuffing 

  • bread cubes
  • fresh sage
  • Italian hot or sweet sausage loose
  • fresh parsley
  • salt, pepper
  • chicken broth 
  • celery
  • fresh garlic
  • Optional: sliced mushrooms, cranberries, olives, peppers, or mandarin oranges in the stuffing


loaves of stale bread to make stuffing with


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Holiday Ideas for a Festive Stuffing



One of our favorite toppings would be chopped craisins for the coloring and sweetness for a festive look on your stuffing.


Also, try adding some toasted crushed pistachio nuts for a little green crunchy topping.


Just remember this can be served with any meats besides a whole roasted turkey this is great with any meal as a side dish.


If you're looking for Great Side Dishes try some of our Favorite Potatoe Recipes.


Italian Sausage Stuffing

Italian Sausage Stuffing

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M
This Italian Sausage Stuffing is the perfect side dish for any meal but a must-make on Thanksgiving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or oil spray
  • 1 pound loose Italian sausage sweet or hot (or links out of the casing)
  • 1 stalk finely minced celery
  • 4 cloves of minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 3 cups chicken broth (also you can add a little turkey juice if you make it at Thanksgiving to the broth around 1/4 cup strained)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 16 cups 1/2-inch stale Italian or French bread cubes (1 1/2 pounds)
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons sliced black olives, 1 small long hot or bell pepper chopped, 1/2 cup sliced crimini mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 3-quart baking dish with parchment paper( for easy cleanup ) or use butter, olive oil cooking spray in your casserole then set aside.
  3. Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a large deep frying pan on low heat to melt. (save the rest of the butter for the top when you bake this.)
  4. Place the loose sausage in the pan and brown until all the pink is gone and gets some crispy edges ( you can also leave it a little chunky out of the link casings if you prefer).
  5. Add the celery and garlic and the optional additions listed you may like.
  6. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Stir in the broth sage salt and pepper and bring to a low simmer until it comes to a boil around 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from the heat.
  9. In a large bowl whisk, the eggs then add the parsley and bread cubes.
  10. Stir this into the sausage mixture.
  11. Pour into the baking dish.
  12. Dot with butter, cover with foil. and bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Uncover and continue baking 20 minutes more until the top starts to brown or broil the top for a few minutes.

Notes:

Tips and Additions Suggestions

  1. Add sliced mushrooms, chopped onion, peppers of any kind chopped
  2. add a dash of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for more heat 
  3. always use loose sausage or take out of the casings for whole links
  4. fruits add a sweetness toss in before baking see below for suggestions
  5. dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, fig, dates, or boiled chestnuts can be added 
  6. if the stuffing starts to dry out add more broth or strained turkey juice
  7. add a little turkey juice to the liquid content for extra flavor
  8. any stale bread can be used including cornbread cubes, white bread, Italian or French, Sourdough whatever you prefer
  9. chopped fresh apples can be added in with the bread cubes
  10. if this starts to dry out in the oven add more broth
  11. garnish with toasted nuts preferably pistachios and cranberries during the holiday season for that festive look
  12. always whisk the eggs until well blended then add the parsley and bread cubes
  13. for vegetarians use sauteed tofu, fruits, and nuts, or vegetables of any kind and omit the sausage


Nutrition Facts

Calories

267.85

Fat (grams)

22.83

Sat. Fat (grams)

9.46

Carbs (grams)

6.44

Fiber (grams)

0.74

Net carbs

5.70

Sugar (grams)

1.64

Protein (grams)

9.68

Sodium (milligrams)

663.17

Cholesterol (grams)

74.13
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15 comments

  1. That looks amazing and a perfect way to use up some stale bread!

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  2. This is similar to the stuffing I grew up eating - my favorite kind! Love the fresh sage in here, thanks for the easy recipe!

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  3. Really flavorful stuffing! Great for anytime of the year!

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  4. This stuffing looks delicious. So rich and comforting.

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  5. Your dressing looks delicious and I'll have to try it but not this year. We are going Italian for Thanksgiving but it will be pasta with Sunday sauce containing meatballs, sausage, and pork ribs.

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  6. The bread, the sausage and the seasonings, I'm loving this stuffing. Can't wait to taste it.

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  7. I love sausage stuffing and this one is perfectly seasoned.

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  8. Such a fantastic recipe for the holidays! I love all those flavors and how it takes only fifteen minutes of prep.

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  9. This recipe sounds delicious. I would love to try this stuffing with the Italian Sausage! All of the herbs and spices makes this truly a hit.

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  10. I love stuffing with all roast dinners so this is a great new one to try for me - delicious!

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  11. Lovely dish for festivity and the closest is Christmas. Perfect timing for some awesome stuff. Delicious for sure.

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  12. I am going to make my own stuffing this Christmas and I am going to give this one a try. It looks amazing.

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  13. The sausage gives the stuff SO much flavor. Thank you so much for this recipe! It was a hit!

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  14. I love to add a beat of a kick with red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper as it balances out the fresh apple option =)

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