One of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving themed dishes in stuffing. It is versatile, filled with all the carbohydrates and flavors, and you can truly customize it with any ingredients that you like. For me, that means using chicken sausage instead of pork sausage, and adding a little bit of sweetness to accompany it. That’s where my idea for this chicken sausage apple stuffing came from! I absolutely love chicken sausage and love how it secretly lightens up one of the dishes on your festive table.
For this stuffing, I used breakfast chicken sausage as it typically includes sage as ingredient. Sage pairs wonderfully with all of the Thanksgiving dishes and adds a really nice flavor. I get my chicken sausage ground in a tube from the butcher and do not recommend using the links. I love the flavor that a nice, browned chicken sausage adds, and I also recommend adding the drippings into the stuffing mixture. Some other things I like to add to the mix include different vegetables like mushrooms, celery, onions and fresh herbs like rosemary and sage. The cooked apples are a really nice touch of sweetness that complements the breakfast chicken sausage.
Once everything going into the stuffing was cooked and prepared, I added the chicken sausage apple stuffing mix to an Ello DuraGlass 9×13 Food Storage Container. These containers are oven safe (up to 425 degrees), so I thought it would be the perfect container to bake the stuffing in. I love that they are portable so that right when you are done baking and cooling, you can transport your creation to your next destination. They are extremely stylish too which is always a plus in my book. You can find their products on their website, at Target, or on the Target online website.
Chicken Sausage Apple Stuffing
- 1 loaf high quality sandwich bread did not use ends; around 14 slices
- 1 lb ground breakfast chicken sausage
- 1 package mushrooms chopped
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 6 sage leaves finely chopped (around 1 tbsp)
- 1 stalk fresh rosemary around 1 tbsp
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil can sub butter or vegan butter if dairy free
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 small apples diced
- 1 egg whisked
- salt to taste amount depending on if using low/high sodium broth
- additional fresh herbs, raisins or cranberries for more sweetness toppings optional
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Cut the bread into one inch pieces and spread out on a baking pan. Bake for around ten minutes. Once done, put in a large bowl.
- While the bread is baking, put 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and brown the breakfast chicken sausage.
- When the chicken sausage is cooked through, add it to the bowl with the baked bread along with the oil and dripping remains.
- Heat up 1-2 tbsp olive oil and the minced garlic in a pan. Once heated, add in the onions and celery. Once they are translucent, add in the mushrooms, rosemary and sage and sauté until everything is cooked through.
- Add all of the cooked veggies, etc. to the bowl with the bread and the chicken sausage. Pour in the chicken stock and the whisked egg and mix until everything is well combined. It is really important to ensure everything is mixed well and fully covered!
- Depending on if you used low sodium or regular (higher sodium) chicken stock, you may want to add salt to taste here! It all depends on how salty the broth you used was.
- Add all of the ingredients to the Ello DuraGlass 9×13 Food Storage Container. Make sure everything is evenly spread and covered in liquid, etc.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes OR until the top is browned.
- 10. Top with additional fresh herbs, optional cranberries or raisins, and enjoy! Best enjoyed straight out of the oven, but it can be kept well in the refrigerator for a few days. You can also freeze any leftovers, but when you heat it up you will want to add more chicken stock.
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If you decide to make this recipe for your holiday festivities, definitely let me know! If you post the final product on Instagram, tag me @matcha_and_margs so that I can share the love right back. I would also love to see if you guys decide to bake with Ello Goods this holiday season. Happy holidays to you and yours!