Homemade Apple Sausage Stuffing For The Holidays

October 11, 2021

As we head into the Holidays I am brainstorming on what tasty ingredients to add to my traditional homemade stuffing.

I feel like stuffing gets a bad rap.

But in my household I am always searching for a way to kick up the flavor and the presentation of homemade stuffing.

 Making a memorable Thanksgiving stuffing has always been on the top of my list. 

I have never been opposed to adding a secret ingredient to jazz up the flavor.

For several years I added bacon or breakfast sausage

One year I added oysters

This year I am adding apple sausage to my Homemade Stuffing for the Holidays and making my own hearty country croutons.


A couple of Sunday's ago I made a little Thanksgiving dinner for the Hubby and myself. 

I roasted a chicken ( recipe coming for how to roast a perfect chicken) made my famous mashed potatoes, homemade dinner rolls and for dessert we had Banana Tres Leches Cake.

I test my recipes out before I share them with you and this Apple Sausage Stuffing made the cut!


 I really believe toasting your own croutons makes a big difference in the texture of the stuffing.

So, once you have got a tasty combination of homemade country croutons, apple sausage, sautéed onion, garlic and celery with plenty of butter and cream of chicken soup there is just one or two things left to add: fresh parsley, rosemary, pinch of thyme and sage.


The combination of these fresh herbs combined to fresh toasted bread crumbs is a recipe for a top-notch stuffing recipe.

I love the lightness of the apple sausage and the subtle flavor it adds.

*Many Fresh Herbs have health benefits too!*

Not too hearty in flavor or overshadowing the basic flavors of this stuffing and yet interesting to the palette

What I Love About Apple Sausage Stuffing

  • All of the Fresh Herbs.
  • Homemade Croutons.
  • Apple Sausage. 
  • Tender and Moist consistency. 
  • Attractive Stuffing to serve.
  • Simple to make.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • No-Fail.
  • Not too heavy.


One of the neat things about this recipe is that if you are not a fan of meat you can easily eliminate the sausage and the flavor of the stuffing will not be compromised.

Supplies For Making Homemade Apple Sausage Stuffing


Onions, celery and garlic sautéed in  butter have always, always been major players in creating an aromatic fragrance and remarkable flavor for homemade stuffing.

Ingredients For Apple Sausage Stuffing

  • 1 Large Onion
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Butter
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Vegetable Broth
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 (16-18) ounce loaf of rustic bread

Never ever be stingy with the butter-in this recipe we are using one and a half sticks.

It is one of the truly basic ingredients for this recipe.


Thank you ooodles for joining me today and Happing Cooking!

Apple Sausage Stuffing
Jemma Olson
Prep time
20 Min
Cook time
1 Hour
Inactive time
10 Min
Total time
1 H & 30 M

Apple Sausage Stuffing

This tasty combination of cubed then baked country bread, apple sausage, sautéed onion and celery, plus plenty of butter and fresh herbs makes this recipe the best Stuffing Ever.


Homemade Apple Sausage Stuffing
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 8 stalks of celery chopped
  • ½ cup of parsley chopped
  • 6 sprigs of rosemary chopped
  • ¼ cup of chopped fresh sage or 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • 3 apple sausage links diced
  • 1 ½ sticks butter
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (16–18-ounce loaf of rustic white bread cubed cut into 3/4 inch cubes.)


Baking Apple Sausage Stuffing (375 degree oven)
  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375 degrees.
  2. Spread the bread cubes on a large baking sheet.
  3. Bake about 20 minutes or until nicely browned.
  4. Check on them half way through baking and give them a stir.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  6. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  7. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are very soft, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. Stir in the parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme and cook for 2 minutes more.
  10. Remove from the heat.
  11. Place the soup, broth, eggs, salt, and a good amount of black pepper in a large bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.
  12. Transfer the toasted bread cubes and sautéed vegetable mixture to a large bowl and fold to combine.
  13. Drizzle the egg mixture into the bowl and fold until evenly moistened.
  14. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  15. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  16. Dressing can be refrigerated overnight or up to 24 hours.)
  17. When ready to bake, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. 
  18. Bake covered for 25 minutes.
  19. Uncover and bake until the top is lightly browned, about 15 minutes more. 
  20. If you are baking the dressing directly from the refrigerator, expect to add 10 extra minutes baking time. 
  21. Let stand 10 minutes before serving


Make ahead: The assembled stuffing can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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  1. This recipe looks delicious! I think I’m going to make this for one of the holidays. I will have a Hispanic side (My Son-in-law’s family) of the family to entertain this year so this sounds like something they might enjoy. I know I will love it as I’ve had it before but this will be the first time doing my own breadcrumbs for stuffing.


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