Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

This Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing is delicious served as a side for a roasted chicken or turkey dinner for the holidays, or any time of year!

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

In our house, stuffing is quite possibly the most anticipated Thanksgiving dish. That and my Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Move over, turkey and all the fixin’s!

Stuffing is just so … warm, comforting, friendly, and cozy.

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

I also love to set a cozy table, so with the help of my friend, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), I tied in her beautiful teal goblets, teal salad plates, and a few of my favorite things! Besides Ree’s touch of “teal and aqua” on the table, I also love my Q Squared NYC dishes for a large dinner party (made with melamine).

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

When we bought this house 6 months ago, many of the items in the kitchen were left for us, so I kept a few things that I fell in love with.

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Like this DRU Cast Iron Tulip baking dish (made in Holland), which I can tell had plenty of use over the years.

I often think about the hands in my kitchen, what types of meals were made, what was served at holidays in our house, before we moved in … I did look up the original owners of our home (now in their 80s) and it was endearing to read about their lives.

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

The spirit lives on … this time with my Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing recipe, served in this lovely Holland crock.

Starting with a dried cornbread, it’s super-easy to make!

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

My recipe has small chunks of chicken sausage (I buy at Costco), apples, onions, shallots, celery, and garlic. Of course there are cranberries, and always butter really adds to the flavor!

It’s Thanksgiving, friends, so don’t limit the butter!

Dice the ingredients into very small pieces, follow the easy instructions, bake, TOP with butter, and serve! The most delicoius cornbread stuffing!

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Whether you’re serving a chicken, turkey, Cornish game hens, or a vegetarian option, here are a few favorite side dishes that we love!

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Don’t forget this Layered Holiday Kale Berry Salad (watch the easy video, don’t forget the butternut!)

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes or Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes!

Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots.

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Cilantro Chive Greek Yogurt Dip with all the yummy vegetables you can fit on the platter!

Dessert? Simple Apple Tart Recipe or Sweet Potato Cheesecake – YUM!

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken sausage, cut into bite-size chunks (I buy Organic Sugarhouse Maple Chicken Links from Costco)
  • 2 apples, finely diced (you can leave the peel on)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely diced
  • 10 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, leaves finely chopped
  • 10 cups stale cornbread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat a large saute pan with olive oil, add the onions, shallots, and celery, and saute over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. Add the sausage and apples and cook until the sausage begins to brown, another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sage and rosemary and cook for another minute, then remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the cornbread, cranberries, and the sausage and apple mixture. Add apple juice and chicken stock and knead with your hands until the bread is very moist, actually wet. Taste to check for seasoning, and season with salt, if needed, and transfer to an ovenproof dish.
  5. Drizzle with butter.
  6. Bake the stuffing until it is hot all the way through and is crusty on top, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Chicken Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

1 comment

  1. Oh my! I love stuffing and this sounds wonderful. Just pinned it for later!!!

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