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Turkey sausage and apple dressing is an easy, hearty and delicious side dish made with fresh ingredients — perfect for the holidays!
Who’s excited for Halloween tomorrow?!
I am back from a SUPER fun weekend in Nashville with some girl friends! We just had the best time hanging out, getting good food and drinks, listening to some live music and having girl time.
Gonna need to do that more often! 💕
I also celebrated my birthday with them and was happy to come back home and celebrate again with my family yesterday!
And now that that is all over, I’m all kinds of excited for Halloween. 🎃🎃🎃
M is going to be Shimmer from the TV show Shimmer and Shine (and our neighbor friend is going with her as Shine) and J is going to be Spiderman. He’s been Spiderman all month long. He puts that costume on every single day. And he may or may not wear it to the grocery store on a regular basis…
We’ll get together with our neighbors tomorrow night in the cul-de-sac for pizza, snacks and drinks (and a fire pit!) before we start trick-or-treating. It’s such a fun tradition!
I just need to figure out something quick + easy for a costume for me… but moving right along!
Today’s recipe for this turkey sausage and apple dressing is a newer favorite!
I made it for our family’s Thanksgiving last year and my mom said it was the best stuffing we’ve ever made.
It’s got the traditional vegetables and herbs, cubed bakery bread, chopped apple, and cooked and crumbled turkey sausage spread throughout.
The bread pieces on the top of the casserole get toasted and crunchy, while the ones at the bottom are soft and tender. I love that contrast!
Speaking of contrast, I love using a hot Italian turkey sausage to contrast with the hint of sweetness from the apple and veggies, but you can certainly opt for mild.
(You can also use pork sausage. We actually had to do that last year because it’s all we could find at the grocery store at the beach where we have Thanksgiving.)
Regardless, you will love the fresh herby flavors coming through, the hearty bread and the flavorful sausage. ❤️
A few notes on this turkey sausage and apple dressing:
- As mentioned, you can use mild or hot Italian turkey sausage or pork sausage. Whatever you use, it needs to be cooked ahead for this recipe, so please plan accordingly.
- I use a Gala apple, but any sweet red apple will work.
- I use a 1 lb. loaf of French or Italian bread for this. Any good day-old bread would work here.
- If you need this to be dairy free, you can sub additional chicken or turkey broth for the milk.
- To prep this ahead, cook the sausage and sauté the veggies and store in the refrigerator. Then proceed with the recipe when ready to bake.
- We bake and serve this in a casserole dish on the side, but feel free to use it as a stuffing in your turkey if you prefer.
I hope you give this turkey sausage and apple dressing a try — maybe it’ll be your family’s new favorite too!
Hoping your holiday table is filled with love, laughter and yummy eats!
And hope you have a spooky, fun and safe Halloween!
Turkey sausage and apple dressing
Turkey sausage and apple dressing is an easy, hearty and delicious side dish that's perfect for the holidays!
- 1 lb. turkey sausage (mild or hot), cooked and crumbled
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or sub extra-virgin olive oil)
- 1 large apple, cored and chopped (I use an unpeeled Gala apple)
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup celery, finely chopped (2-3 medium stalks)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups day-old good bread, cubed in about 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup milk (I use skim but any kind is OK)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Melt butter in a large sauté pan. Add apple, onion, celery, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables and apple are tender.
I, a large bowl, combine cooked sausage, apple and veggie mixture, cubed bread and stir to combine. Add broth, milk and eggs. Stir until everything is well coated.
Transfer dressing to the prepared casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, until set.
Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
You can use mild or hot turkey sausage for this recipe. You can also sub regular pork sausage if you prefer. It needs to be cooked ahead, so plan accordingly.
I use a Gala apple, but any sweet red apple will work.
I use a 1 lb. loaf of French or Italian bread for this. Any good day-old bread would work here.
If you need this to be dairy free, you can sub additional chicken or turkey broth for the milk.
To prep this ahead, cook the sausage and sauté the veggies then store in the refrigerator. Then proceed with the recipe when ready to bake.
We bake and serve this in a casserole dish on the side, but feel free to use it as a stuffing in your turkey if you prefer.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 339kcal Calories from fat 108|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 12g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||16%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|