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Homemade stuffing is just as easy to make as the boxed stuff, but the results are so much better! Extra savory from pork sausage and veggies, my grandma’s easy stuffing recipe is sure to be a hit. And, it makes enough to stuff the bird and cook some on the side, so everyone will be pleased.

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Savory Homemade Stuffing

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Growing up, my mom and my grandma made the same recipe for homemade stuffing. It takes very little time to prepare, and it always tastes like home and the holidays.

Seasoned bread cubes, pork sausage, and veggies are combined with cream of celery soup and poultry seasoning for a classic flavor combination that can’t be beat!

If it’s your first year hosting the holiday meal, pleasecheck out my post onhow to cook a turkey for all the best tips and tricks. I promiseyou’ll be a pro by the end of the tutorial.

Why You Will Love Oven Baked Stuffing

  • Classic flavors – a savory complement to roasted turkey
  • Easy prep – just mix everything together and bake
  • Serves 10 – plenty for guests or leftovers
  • Make ahead – chill until it’s time to cook
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How To Make Old Fashioned Sausage Stuffing

This sausage stuffing recipe makes A LOT. There is enough to stuff the turkey and cook a whole separatepan at 350 for (about) an hour.

If you would rather prepare your homemade stuffing entirely outside of the bird, you will need to divide the mixture between two large baking pans.

Mix the Old with the New

I am aware that the point of making homemade stuffing is so you don’t need to purchase boxed stuffing. My grandma always added a box of Stove Top to her sausage stuffing recipe, so I did too.

Feel free to leave it out if need be. Just be sure to replace it with extra bread cubes and seasonings.

I typically use Stove Top for Chicken, which would mean more of the poultry seasoning. Dried rosemary and sage is another great combo that’s often used in turkey stuffing.

Make Your Own Bread Cubes

Sometimes, it happens — you can’t make it to the store until the last minute, and all of the bread cubes are sold out!

Don’t stress. It’s easy to make cubed bread for stuffing, and it takes less than an hour.

  1. Grab your favorite loaf (French, sourdough, or even white sandwich slices!) and cut it into small, evenly sized cubes.
  2. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet, then toss with some olive oil and dried herbs.
  3. Bake at 225 degrees F for about 40 minutes, or until dry and golden brown.
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Prep Ahead Tip

I find it best to prepare this easy stuffing recipe a day ahead, that way you just need to stuff it in the bird and go!

There is nothing worse than scrambling around the kitchen and trying to prepare a bunch of different dishes on turkey day. Get as many things prepared in advance as you can, including this old fashioned sausage stuffing, so you have more time to spend with your loved ones.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Is stuffing better with or without eggs?

It really comes down to preference. Eggs can help give homemade stuffing extra structure and a fluffy texture.

I prefer to make my old fashioned sausage stuffing without eggs — the cream of celery soup holds everything together just as well, and the results are plenty fluffy.

Can I make gluten free oven baked stuffing?

If you’re looking for a healthier option with fewer processed ingredients, try my gluten free stuffing recipe! It’s just as simple to make with homemade gluten-free bread cubes, pork sausage, apples, and vegetables.

Keep in mind that my gluten free sausage stuffing recipe is baked entirely outside of the bird, so you’ll need plenty of chicken or turkey stock for moisture.

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Storage and reheating

Allow leftovers to cool before transferring them to a covered container. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days and warm individual portions in the microwave or on the stove.

If the stuffing seems a bit dry, you can add a splash of water or broth for moisture.

Can you freeze leftover stuffing?

Yes! Oven baked stuffing will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Store in an airtight container, then reheat at 350 degrees F until warmed through. No need to thaw it first!

Prepare this easy stuffing recipe as directed, then cover and freeze instead of baking. I recommend storing it in an aluminum baking dish so it can go straight in the oven.

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More Turkey Dinner Side Recipes:

How To Make Turkey Gravy

Blue Bayou Scalloped Potatoes

Curried Cauliflower (my mom always has this as a side dish)

Balsamic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

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Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Homemade stuffing with pork sausage and veggies is moist, savory, and simple to make! My grandma's easy stuffing recipe is a holiday favorite.

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Keyword dressing, homemade stuffing, stuffing, turkey dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 1 hour hour

Total Time 1 hour hour 10 minutes minutes

Servings 10 servings

Calories 315kcal

Author The Bewitchin Kitchen


  • 1 bag of cubed bread crumbs
  • 1 tube frozen pork sausage thawed
  • 1 box of stove top
  • 1 can of cream of celery soup
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1-2 stalks of celery diced
  • 2-3 carrots grated
  • 1 tbsp Poultry seasoning I eyeball this. I usually add it until it smells just right.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

US CustomaryMetric


  • You’ll need either one big bowl, or two medium bowls to mix this together.

  • Add all of the ingredients together and mix well (I find it's best to get in with your hands, it helps mix the pork up).

  • Reserve the amount of stuffing that you will use to stuff the turkey.

For the rest:

  • Put in a baking dish and bake at 350F for one hour. At the half hour mark, take out and give a stir.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1187mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2153IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg

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What does adding egg to stuffing do? ›

Eggs: Two lightly beaten eggs help hold the dressing together and add moisture.

Is homemade stuffing better than store bought? ›

While the instant stuffing was actually a closer contender than most of our testers anticipated, the homemade won hearts (and palates) for its subtle flavor and pleasing texture.

How soggy should stuffing be before baking? ›

The stuffing should be moist but not wet. If there is a puddle of broth at the bottom of the bowl, you've added too much. Add more bread to soak up the excess moisture. If the mix is still dry and crumbly, add more liquid and toss gently until it starts to clump together.

What can you use as a binder instead of eggs in stuffing? ›

16 egg substitutes
  1. Mashed banana. Mashed banana can act as a binding agent when baking or making pancake batter. ...
  2. Applesauce. Applesauce can also act as a binding agent. ...
  3. Fruit puree. Fruit puree will help bind a recipe in a similar way to applesauce. ...
  4. Avocado. ...
  5. Gelatin. ...
  6. Xanthan gum. ...
  7. Vegetable oil and baking powder. ...
  8. Margarine.
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What makes stuffing unhealthy? ›

Stuffing is not strictly a healthy food, because it is typically high in calories, fat, sodium, and refined carbohydrates. 1 But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it, All foods can fit into a healthy diet in moderation.

Is it OK to make stuffing the day before? ›

Absolutely. Most Thanksgiving stuffing recipes can be made at least partially in advance since: A) They're easily assembled a day or two ahead of Thanksgiving Day; and B) They're often baked using a two-step process (once covered with foil to cook through, then uncovered to achieve a crispy top).

Is it OK to make stuffing a day ahead of time? ›

No matter where you fall, getting a head start on what can be prepared before the big day is essential. One question that always crops up: Can you make stuffing ahead of time? The short answer to whether you can making stuffing ahead of time is yes.

Is it better to make stuffing with fresh or dry bread? ›

While you can use almost any bread — cornbread, bagels, or even frozen waffles — to make stuffing, it needs to be dried or “staled” first.

Can you prepare uncooked stuffing ahead of time and refrigerate? ›

If you don't plan on stuffing the bird, but preparing the dressing as a side dish, you can prepare uncooked stuffing ahead of time as long as you freeze the stuffing immediately after mixing the wet and dry ingredients. USDA recommends that you never refrigerate uncooked stuffing.

Can you mess up stuffing? ›

Your Bread Is Too Fresh

There's nothing better than soft, fresh bread—except for when it comes to stuffing. If you want your stuffing to hold up and not end up a soupy, soggy mess, make sure your bread is dried out or staled for a few days.

What do Southerners call stuffing? ›

But for the Thanksgiving side dish in the South, the term dressing was adopted in place of stuffing, which was viewed as a crude term, during the Victorian era. Although dressing and stuffing are interchangeable terms, the signature ingredient of this Thanksgiving side dish in the South is cornbread.

What is the best type of bread for stuffing? ›

#1: White Sandwich Bread

Flavor: We were very happy with the flavor—the white bread acts as a sort of blank, neutral palate with a very mild sweetness that allows the richness of the broth, the sage-iness of the sausage, and the vegetables to really shine through.

What is British stuffing made of? ›

Stuffing consists of a mixture of savoury ingredients such as breadcrumbs, herbs, fruit, nuts, sausagemeat and onion which are bound together with egg or liquid to form a semi-solid mixture. It is usually cooked with roast meat such as chicken, pork or lamb and is served as an accompaniment to the sliced, cooked meat.

What is Thanksgiving stuffing made of? ›

The BEST traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe is easy to make dried bread cubes, sausage, diced vegetables, and chicken broth. It's a great side dish to make ahead of time and it definitely tastes best homemade! Pair this easy homemade stuffing with our popular turkey recipe, homemade rolls, and Thanksgiving pie.

Why do people put eggs in their dressing? ›

Should you add egg to stuffing or dressing? It's a matter of preference, but adding a beaten egg to your stuffing mixture acts as a binder and keeps the bread moist. Moisture is what holds all the ingredients together, rather than turning it into something resembling croutons and roasted vegetables.

Why use an egg as a thickener? ›

Creamy desserts such as crème brûlée also benefit from eggs' ability to emulsify and produce smooth, satiny, hom*ogeneous mixtures. Their ability to hold up to four times their weight in moisture makes eggs a good thickener for sauces, custards and curds. The proteins in eggs coagulate or set at different temperatures.

How do you keep stuffing moist? ›

Typically, baking the stuffing inside the bird helps keep the mixture moist. “I prefer stuffing (in the bird) to dressing (outside of the bird) because all those delicious drippings that come off the turkey gets absorbed right into the stuffing,” Bamford says.

Why do we need to apply egg yolk in some dressing? ›

Egg yolks are especially recommended for their emulsifying and thickening properties in mayonnaise, salad dressings, ice cream, and baked goods, combined with their coloring properties.

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