Skip to content

Homemade Stuffing with Apples and Sausage + Menu

If you’re looking for the most mouthwatering homemade stuffing recipe, you’ll be greatly rewarded for making this sausage and apple stuffing. Friends and family will devour this one. 

Homemade Stuffing with Sausage and Apples in White Dish
Homemade stuffing with savory sausage and sweet apples

Homemade Stuffing with Apples and Sausage

Truth is, I was never a stuffing fan until I tried this homemade stuffing, teeming with savory sausage and sweet apples.  As a kid, our huge extended family usually paired our festive turkey dinners with asian sticky rice, which we still adore.

So one year in my adult life, I got to serious work, exploring homemade stuffing recipes. The first bite of this fabulous homemade stuffing ended the search for stuffing perfection. 

Apparently, it’s everyone else’s too.  This sausage and apple stuffing got rave reviews from both kids and grandparents alike, and even pickiest teens doubled down on this homemade stuffing.  Personally, it’s the only stuffing I’ve ever wanted to pile high on my holiday dinner plate, right next to those cheesy scalloped potatoes.

Homemade Stuffing with Sausage and Apples in Skliet
Delicious stuffing, without being soggy

homemade stuffing with perfect combination of Flavors and Textures

There’s only so much room on one’s dinner plate during a holiday dinner, and who wants to take up limited plate space unless it’s fully worth it?

This sausage and apple stuffing is worth every single flavorful bite. It’s filled with the aroma of wonderful herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme. Fresh herbs are a must, as they taste dramatically better than dried herbs in this dish. The aromatics of herbs, onion, and garlic really shine in this stuffing recipe.

The apples and cranberries give it a toothsome texture. My favorite apple to use here are honeycrisp apples, as they keep shape well and have the perfect balance of sweet vs. tart. However, feel free to use your favorite variety of apples.

The browned sausage lends great flavor to the dish.  I usually opt for Italian seasoned sausage, as its flavor profile fits with this stuffing recipe perfectly. Feel free to use your favorite flavor of sausage or omit it for a meatless option.

Goodbye, Soggy Stuffing

The top and sides of this homemade stuffing emerge beautifully browned and slightly crispy.  The center of the stuffing is deliciously moist and tender, without being overly soggy.

Part of the reason for this is that we use slightly less broth in this recipe, allowing the cubed bread to soak up just the right amount of liquid to keep the dressing ultra-tender, yet still allow the top and sides to brown nicely. Whether it’s browned edges or soft center, there’s something for everyone.

Adjust liquid, if needed

That said, some of you may prefer a texture similar to what you’d get if you cooked the stuffing inside the turkey. If that’s you, simply adjust and add a bit more broth prior to baking. Note that a little liquid can go a long way, so adjust for desired texture gradually.

Homemade Stuffing with Sausage and Apples in White Dish Square

Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Menu (make-ahead Recipes)

Main Dish: How to Brine and Roast Turkey with Homemade Gravy (brine and prep ahead of time, so turkey day is an easy day.) It’s truly more flavorful and moist than any other turkey we’ve had, and that’s coming from major turkey fanatics.

Side Dish (other than stuffing): Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (5 Ingredients) is super quick and easy, while tasting fluffy-delicious. You can also use stovetop method, instructions included. This Sweet Honey Cornbread is every cornbread lover’s dream, especially with a pat of melting butter on top. Each of these can be prepped ahead of time.

Vegetables or Salad: Best Broccoli Apple Salad or Kale Brussel Sprouts Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing both stay extra-crispy even when prepared ahead of time! That means you don’t have to worry about mixing the salad too early; in fact, both these crunchy salads taste better with a bit of time.

Dessert: The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe (Surprise Ingredient) is based off America’s Taste Kitchen’s version, which is so darned good. And this Best Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe rivals Cheesecake Factory’s version, at a fraction of the cost…it’s so popular, it makes an appearance at our table every Thanksgiving gathering.


Print
Homemade Stuffing with Sausage and Apples in White Dish Square

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

5 from 16 reviews

This sausage and apple stuffing is the winner, out of all the ones we’ve tested. It is highly aromatic and flavorful. Slightly crisp on the outside, tender on the inside. It just might be everyone’s favorite side dish this year!

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb seasoned ground sausage (no casings)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 tsp fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 3 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 3 cups wheat bread, cubed
  • 2 1/4 cups white bread*, cubed
  • 1 firm apple, peeled and chopped (granny smith, fuji, or honeycrisp work well)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup parsley, minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 TB melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish, or one of similar size. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet, brown the sausage and onions together over medium heat. Stir and break up lumps evenly, until fully cooked through. Add sage, rosemary, and thyme, and stir another 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Combine all bread cubes and place in single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake about 6 minutes, or until cubes are evenly toasted.
  4. In a large bowl, combine and toss together the toasted bread cubes, cooked sausage mixture, and all remaining ingredients except for chicken stock. Add 1 cup of chicken stock, and toss. Depending on desired moistness, add up to another 1/2 cup and toss again.
  5. Place stuffing mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake 30 minutes covered. Stir once or twice during the middle of baking, and add more broth if stuffing looks dry. Uncover, and bake another 15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  6. Note: Stuffing can be assembled the night before, up to the point of adding broth. Add the broth only when ready to bake.

Notes

You can use entirely wheat or white bread, if preferred. If opting for all-white bread only, choose a loaf with more robust texture. 

For a meatless version, simply omit the sausage. You can also opt for vegetable broth in lieu of chicken broth. 

If you prefer a texture more similar to stuffing that’s been cooked in a turkey, add a bit more broth until it’s to your liking. (See note in original article.)

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating 🙂  ♡

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 258
  • Sugar: 13.1 g
  • Sodium: 115.9 mg
  • Fat: 5.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.5 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 13.1 mg
  • Category: side
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sausage and apple stuffing recipe

Did you make this?

Leave a comment below and tag @chewoutloud on Instagram


Spotlight on Holiday sides

Add a comment

Recipe rating

50 comments

    • Sagar Sahay

    It is the perfect time to try this recipe at home, thank you for this innovative idea

    • Nicole

    I’ve never tried anything like sausage and apple stuffing before but this looks really good! I’ll have to give this recipe a try for the holidays this year. Thanks for sharing!

    • Chris Hoov

    Sounds interesting,I had never imagined these two stuffed together. Gotta try this out.

    • Ceci Rey

    I always make stuffing with Italian Sausage, but never with apples. I will have to give this a try!

      • chewoutloud

      Apples give it that bit of sweetness and texture 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Jackline A

    This looks yummy. I love stuffing and I am excited to try this.

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you love it, Jackline!

    • Arunas

    I like apples still I don’t eat sausage so this recipe is definitely not for me.

      • chewoutloud

      You can opt to leave out the sausage 🙂 Thanks for coming over today!

    • Samar

    My partner tried the same thing, I must say, It was wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.

    I loved it.

      • chewoutloud

      Oh, so happy you guys loved this recipe 🙂 Thank you for coming back to let us know!

    • Mudpiefridays

    I’m not sure I should have read this post while my husband is cooking dinner – now I want to send him back to the supermarket and get the ingredients for this!

      • chewoutloud

      LOL, this happens to me all. the. time. 🙂 🙂

    • Norma

    This looks like the most mouthwatering homemade stuffing recipe. I like the main ingredients, sausage and apple. I’m sure that family and friends will love this stuffing.

    • Kiwi

    I never had stuffing in this matter. This would be interesting for thanksgiving.

    • tweenselmom

    I haven’t tried cooking stuffing for turkey or chicken but it surely is interesting to try this Christmas.

    • Berlin

    This recipe is something I see myself as doing at home as well. Thank you for the recipe as I will surely serve something like this to my family. My husband and two little ones live apple so much while the rest of the family are sausage fanatics.

    • Karen

    This looks so delicious . I kinda want some now!

    • Celebrate Woman Today

    I was saving a few stuffing recipes yesterday. And here you are, with a new recipe. I am going to add it to my collection to choose from for this year’s dinner.

      • chewoutloud

      So glad it’s perfect timing!

    • Angela

    This stuffing looks delicious. It would make a nice change from plain stuffing.

      • chewoutloud

      It’s so easy and fun and tastes amazing! 🙂 Thanks for coming over, Angela 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you like it, Laura!

    • Stephanie Stebbins

    Yum, I am definitely going to try this. It sounds delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Stephanie!

    • Searcy

    Yum!!! This looks incredible. It’s the perfect time is the year for stuffing. We’ll be adding this to the family menu.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you like it! 🙂

    • trixpin

    Lovely looking stuffing, and very festive with the dried cranberries 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Trix! 🙂

    • Sinead

    This looks really delicious, I must try it out 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for coming over, Sinead! 🙂

Get our free email series: 5 Easy Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

Plus our newest recipes each week