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Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing

You won’t want to miss my Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing! It has a little sweetness from the apples and apple cider, a little spice from the hot Italian chicken sausage, savory flavors from the leeks, onions and a generous amount of fresh herbs, and a little sprinkle of toasted pecans for crunch!

This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

I’m just gunna throw this out there and you can do with it what you will…

This is the best stuffing that I have ever had.

EVAH

This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

It’s got the trifecta of stuffing goodness: sausage, sage and leeks.

I threw some apple cider in there just to hit the flavors home.

This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

The spicy Italian sausage gives it a little kick but you could absolutely use sweet Italian sausage. My husband disdains sweet sausage, so that is no longer an option around here. You only make those kind of mistakes once.

Or twice but who’s counting?

Whatevs. We can’t agree about everything.

This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

But we do agree that this stuffing rocks. I ate it cold, I ate it straight from the oven, I ate it warmed up, and I mourned it when it was all gone!

 This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing is packed with flavors that all blend together into one amazing, showstopping stuffing. You could probably over cook your turkey and all anyone will talk about is this stuffing. Just sayin’.

This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

A little heat from the sausage, a little sweetness from the apples and apple cider, a lot of flavor from fresh sage, rosemary and thyme, and a little crunch from toasted pecans.

This easy Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe will be a sure hit! The leeks, fresh herbs, apples, and spicy Italian sausage make it incredibly flavorful!

And you’ve got yourself a sensational stuffing!

Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 - 8

Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing

This easy, flavorful recipe for Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing. It is packed with apples, fresh herbs, apple cider, leeks and toasted pecans! It is sure to be a new family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups day old rustic bread cut into roughly ½ inch cubes.
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 small leeks, dark green parts removed, halved, rinsed and cut into thin half-moons
  • 1 ½ cups apples, pealed, cored and chopped (I used granny smith)
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ pound hot Italian chicken sausage, casings removed (you can use sweet)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken or turkey stock (bonus points for homemade!)
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans*

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spread bread crumbs in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisped and some are tinged with gold. Set aside to cool.
  2. While your oven is preheating and your bread is toasting, melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large cast iron skillet or other saucepan,.
  3. Add the onions, leeks, apples, rosemary, sage and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. Place in a large bowl.
  4. While the onions are cooking, cook your sausage in a skillet or medium saucepot over medium heat until brown and cooked through. I tried to keep mine in larger pieces so that it wouldn’t get lost in the stuffing. Drain and add to the onion mixture in a large bowl. Add bread to onion mixture and toss to evenly distribute the onions and sausage.
  5. Pour the stock and apple cider over the top of the bread mixture and toss to coat evenly. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Add the egg and toss to coat.
  6. Spread into a 13 inch by 9 inch baking dish and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  7. Bake in your preheated oven 30-45 minutes until the top is browned and the stuffing is heated through.

Notes:

*Toast whole Pecans on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer for 10 minutes in a preheated 350° oven, or until you can smell them and the light parts of the pecans have turned a light golden brown. Pre-chopped pecans will toast faster!

https://cheflindseyfarr.com/2014/11/apple-sage-sausage-stuffing/

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21 Comments

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    November 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    This definitely looks like the best stuffing, Lindsey! And I always eat stuffing cold, too! For some reason, I like it better that way, especially on sandwiches. I love the apple and sausage in here. Sounds delicious! Pinned!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Do you really? It always makes me feel double guilty if I eat it cold, but I have no idea why! Stuffing has to be cold for sandwiches though. Definitely. Thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    November 21, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    anything with apple cider — count me in!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

      I have been a wee bit obsessed lately with the apple cider!

      Reply
  • Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble
    November 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Evah! You crack me up. Gosh this looks amazing and now I have to make this and the stuffing Dorothy made on crazy for crust. You guys are killing me!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

      No one says you can’t have both this holiday!!

      Reply
  • Alessandra // the foodie teen
    November 22, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Love those amazing flavours! Yum!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, Alessandra

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    November 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Evah? Are you from Boston now? 😉 This stuffing looks amazing…I always make a cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving…but I might just have to make two stuffings this year. All of the awesome flavors in this version are making me super ready for an afternoon of Turkey Day leftovers and football on tv. If you have any leftovers, you are welcome to just swing by and drop them off. Just sayin’. I could trade you some cookies? 🙂

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Maaybe…
      I love me some cornbread stuffing but this one blew me away. I mean, if I do say so myself! This stuffing made for some awesome leftovers. Cleveland isn’t so far from Boston…I suppose I could be so generous. And I never turn down cookies. Never.

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    November 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I could make a meal out of this stuffing alone! You’ve packed so many of my favorite flavors into one dish and I can’t wait to try it!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Shhh I did…and it was AWESOME!

      Reply
  • Becky {Milo & Oats}
    November 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Lindsey, you are killing me with all these AMAZING turkey day recipes!! They look absolutely delicious! I LOVE stuffing and this one looks perfect.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      thanks, Becky! I heart this stuffing!

      Reply
  • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    The stuffing looks delicious, Lindsey! Apple and sage is a fab combination! ! Love it! !

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      It’s my new favorite thing!

      Reply
  • Marcie
    November 26, 2014 at 1:07 am

    One day I need to make stuffing on an ordinary day and just eat a bunch of that. Just stuff myself with stuffing, you know? This looks so good, I could eat that whole bowl full. With no guilt.

    Reply
  • liz
    December 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

    i tend to shy away from recipes that say “the best (thingy) evar”… but this one reeeeeally waaaaaaas. making it forever. and ever. thank you.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      December 2, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Haha! Thanks, Liz! I definitely know that feeling. I’m so glad you liked it as much as me! I seriously could not stop eating it!

      Reply
  • TimedEating
    February 25, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Have you tried making stuffing in the form of crispy pork bonbons – this year for Christmas I made shredded pork belly mixed with cranberries and caramelised onions and then coated them in panko before crisping them up – SO good. Even better with ham hocks. Here’s the recipe if you’re interested, http://www.timedeating.co.uk/fully-loaded-shredded-pork-bonbons

    Reply
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