If you are looking for a delicious stuffing recipe for the holidays, this one is perfect. I prepared this sausage and herb stuffing for Thanksgiving this year and it was a big hit. What makes this stuffing so amazing is the use of fresh herbs such as sage, rosemary and parsley and the use of sweet Italian sausage. This recipe uses pre-made stuffing cubes to help save time and makes this dish easy to prepare. Onions, garlic, and celery are sautéed in butter and then added to the bread cubes along with various ingredients. The sausage is cooked in the same skillet as the celery and onion mixture. Once the ingredients are mixed with the stuffing cubes, the dish is placed into the oven and baked until golden brown on top. The top of the casserole should be brown and crunchy. Enjoy.
- 8 cups (14 oz) store-bought unseasoned stuffing cubes
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1–1/2 cups diced the yellow onion (from 1 large or 2 small onions)
- 1 cup diced celery (from 3 large celery stalks)
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage (i.e., sausage with the casings removed) — see note below
- 2–3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter.
- Place the stuffing cubes in a large mixing bowl.
- In a large sauté pan, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Add the vegetables to the stuffing cubes. (Don’t wash the pan but scrape out every last bit of vegetables, otherwise they will burn in the next step.)
- In the same pan, cook the sausage over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a metal spatula while cooking (the largest pieces should be no greater than 1/4-inch). Add the browned sausage and fat to the bread cubes and vegetables.
- Add the chicken broth, egg, rosemary, sage, parsley, salt, and pepper to the bread cube mixture and mix until the bread is soft and moistened. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish and bake for 65-75 minutes, uncovered, until deeply golden and crisp on top.
If you can’t find bulk sausage, simply buy regular sausage and remove the casings.