Chicken & Apple Sausage Stuffing

I have a picky husband.  He doesn’t like mushrooms (boo), celery (boo) or gizzards (double boo). So, I had to come up with a stuffing that he liked for our Thanksgiving feasts.  This is a little unconventional in some ways, but in other ways is very traditional.  If you have a picky eater who loves meaty stuffing, try this recipe.  It really is good, even without the gizzards and celery!

Chicken & Apple Sausage Stuffing

Serves 12
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
By author Dish Ditty
I have a picky husband. He doesn't like mushrooms (boo), celery (boo) or gizzards (double boo). So, I had to come up with a stuffing that he liked for our Thanksgiving feasts. This is a little unconventional in some ways, but in other ways is very traditional. If you have a picky eater who loves meaty stuffing, try this recipe. It really is good, even without the gizzards and celery!

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Unseasoned Bread Cubes (Or use your own bread cubes)
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Onions (Chopped)
  • 4 Links Chicken & Apple Sausage (I prefer Aidells)
  • 2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored and diced: do this just when needed otherwise be sure to sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)

Optional

  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken (cubed)

Note

You can also use this stuffing to stuff a turkey.  But I prefer my turkey unstuffed.

You can also do all the steps up to the baking one to two days in advance.  Either put it in the casserole dish ready to pop in the oven (increase baking time by 15 minutes if starting with a refrigerator cold stuffing) or place in a plastic bag to place in the casserole dish when ready.

Directions

Step 1
Saute Onions and Sausage
In large skillet (needs to be able to fit onions, sausage, chicken and broth), heat butter and cook onions and sausage until onions are translucent and sausage is lightly browned.
Step 2
Add Seasonings
Add poultry seasoning and cinnamon and cook for about 30 seconds.
Step 3
Add Chicken broth and cool
Remove from heat and add the chicken broth. Set aside to let cool. Wait about 30-45 minutes before proceeding to the next step to make sure that the mixture is no longer hot.
Step 4
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 5
Mix well
In large bowl, add bread cubes, apples and chicken (optional). Pour mixture from above steps over the bread cubes mixture. Fold in the liquid, try to be careful to not crush the dried bread cubes, but instead just try to get it all moist.
Step 6
Fold in Egg
Once the mixture is well combined, in a separate bowl, beat a single egg. Fold egg into the stuffing mixture.
Step 7
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to 1 hour
Spray a casserole dish with pam and place stuffing in pan. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Step 8
Serve!
Serve!

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    Chicken & Apple Sausage Stuffing

    I have a picky husband.  He doesn’t like mushrooms (boo), celery (boo) or gizzards (double boo). So, I had to come up with a stuffing that he liked for our Thanksgiving feasts.  This is a little unconventional in some ways, but in other ways is very traditional.  If you have a picky eater who loves meaty stuffing, try this recipe.  It really is good, even without the gizzards and celery!

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