Dress up (pun intended) that premade stuffing mix with spicy sausage, tart cranberries, and pecans and be a Holiday Hero!
I still haven't quite figured out the difference between stuffing and dressing when it comes to holiday food, but I do know that I have always loved Stove Top stuffing. But it seemed like most times when it came to stuffing/dressing on the holiday spread, I wasn't a fan. One of my food aversions is wet bread/crackers. I don't dip breads in anything that will make it soggy. No crackers in my soup. No way.
When I moved to Tennessee, my aunt had made cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving and I fell in love. It was the perfect texture and tasted amazing. I decided to try my hand at a stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving and could not have been more happy. It has spicy sausage, a sour green apple, pecans, and tart dried cranberries. You can choose what type of stuffing you want to use, but I reached for the cornbread stuffing because it's my favorite and honestly, why wouldn't you pick cornbread stuffing?! I am happy to report that everyone who tried it enjoyed it immensely and it will definitely be a go-to side dish recipe for the holidays.
What you need:
- 1 lb. hot Italian sausage
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 5 to 6 cloves minced garlic
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and grated
- 1 pkg. (14 oz.) cornbread stuffing
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat, crumbling as it cooks.
- Add celery, onion, and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.
- Add grated apple and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.
- Add stuffing mix and toss to combine.
- Then slowly add chicken broth and toss to combine.
- Fold in pecans and cranberries.
- Transfer mixture to a greased or buttered 9x13-inch pan and cover with foil.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree for 10 minutes. Remove foil from pan and bake for another 10 minutes.
This Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes is one of my favorite things to make for holidays because it's all in the crockpot, which is a lifesaver. If you are interested in a homemade stuffing recipe, try this Best Ever Stuffing from Chef in Training.
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