Turkey may take center stage at the Thanksgiving table, but it’s the stuffing that everyone looks forward to eating. This year, kick up the flavor with a sausage stuffing that will have everyone reaching for seconds. Here are some of our favorite ideas to make your stuffing truly memorable – and with Isernio’s full line of pork, chicken, mild, and hot sausages you can make the dish uniquely yours.
Incorporate the Flavors of the Season
Apples, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and squash are signature seasonal flavors that also happen to pair perfectly with sausage. Incorporate these ingredients to add a hint of sweetness to the traditional savory stuffing. Tip: For recipes that call for “sage sausage,” just add ½ tsp of dried sage to plain sausage while you’re browning it to make your own.
- 5-Star Sausage Apple and Cranberry Stuffing (Wicked Good Kitchen)
- Classic Stuffing with Sausage, Sage, and Rosemary (Frank Isernio)
- Sausage, Fig and Cranberry Stuffing (The Merchant Baker)
- Harvest Sausage Stuffing with Pecans and Cranberries (The Chunky Chef)
- Gluten Free Stuffing (The Movement Menu)
Get Creative with the Plating
Think beyond the casserole dish and find cute, seasonal ways to serve your stuffing. Not only will your dish be delicious, but it will double as table decor, too.
- Sausage, Rice, and Cranberry Stuffed Mini Pumpkins (Inspired by Charm)
- Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce (I Should Be Mopping the Floor)
- Sausage, Cranberry, and Stuffing Pastry (Pepperidge Farm)
- Stuffed Acorn Squash with Apple, Cranberry, and Sausage Stuffing (Happily Unprocessed)
- Sausage Apple and Sage Stuffing Muffins (McCormick) – use chicken sausage instead of turkey
Try Something Besides White Bread
Sure, traditional stuffing is made with dried sandwich bread. But simply swapping it out for french bread, sourdough, or even cornbread can change the taste and texture of your dish. Or, you can do something completely unique and make a rice stuffing, which is perfect for your gluten-free guests. Try brown or wild rice for a more rustic, nutty flavor.
- Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing (Laura Fuentes)
- Ciabatta and Sausage Stuffing (Thomas Keller)
- Sausage and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash (One Sweet Mess)
- Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple & Sausage (Eating Well) – use chicken sausage instead of turkey
Mix Up Your Technique
Chop, saute, mix, and bake. But what would happen if you did something out of the ordinary? Add some extra flavor to your sausage stuffing by browning the bread stovetop instead of baking it, or skip the oven altogether and make your stuffing in your slow cooker, leaving more room in there for the bird.
- Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing (Averie Cooks)
- French Toast Sausage Stuffing (Panna Cooking)
- Instant Pot Brown Rice and Sausage Stuffing (Confessions of a Fit Foodie)
You don’t have to settle for the same old stuffing. With a little creativity, seasonal ingredients, and Isernio’s fresh, flavorful sausage, you can turn it into a holiday show-stopper. How will you make your stuffing unique this year?