Scrumptious Sausage Stuffing Recipe
This sausage stuffing recipe uses Italian turkey sausage or uncooked breakfast sausage. If you can't find the uncooked breakfast sausage, you can use pork sausage.
My mother likes to add a couple of chopped granny smith apples to her sausage stuffing recipe. It gives the stuffing an added crunch and tart bite.
Also, I choose to bake my sausage stuffing separately from the turkey because if stuffed turkey is not cooked correctly, it could make a lot of people sick. I would feel really bad if people came to my house for dinner and I made them sick. Especially if it could have been avoided.
HOWEVER, if you choose to stuff your bird, please follow directions from the
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
2lbs Turkey Italian/Breakfast sausage
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups green pepper, finely chopped
6 stalks celery, finely chopped
12 cups crumbled cornbread OR bread cubes
1 (16oz) box saltine crackers, crushed
4 teaspoons poultry seasoning, (more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons sage
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon salt, to taste
2 teaspoons black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking pan or aluminum pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour water in large saucepan. Place margarine, onions, green peppers, and celery in pot of water and bring to a boil.
When pot boils, place crumbled sausage in water and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Strain sausage mixture, reserving water for use later.
Take sausage mixture and put it in a big bowl. Using a big spoon or fork, separate sausage (break it down into smaller pieces).
Add crumbled cornbread or bread cubes, and crushed crackers to sausage mixture.
Using a big spoon, mix bread and crackers with sausage mixture.
Add all seasonings and mix again.
Pour water, 1 cup at a time, until mix is easily stirred, but not runny.
Taste the stuffing mixture to see if more seasoning is needed.
If the stuffing gets too watery, add more bread. If it's still stiff after adding all of the water, use chicken broth or chicken stock to loosen it up some.
Pour sausage stuffing mixture into baking pan or aluminum pan and bake uncovered for 40-60 minutes or until done.
You can also bake the stuffing in two separate pans. That way, if you decide to stuff the turkey after it's placed on the serving platter, you will still have another pan of stuffing for the table!
Serve stuffing with cranberry sauce, gravy, or plain!
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