Homemade Stovetop Sausage Stuffing
This simple and delicious stovetop sausage stuffing is made completely from scratch!
This recipe is sponsored by Go Bold With Butter.
When it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes, there are three factors I look at:
- How easy is the recipe to make?
- Does it require the oven?
- Will everyone love it?
And this homemade stovetop sausage stuffing checks all of the boxes! It takes just 30 minutes to make on the stovetop (freeing up the oven for other things), and it tastes so cozy and satisfying. This is a fairly basic stuffing recipe, but it packs so much great flavor thanks to the sausage, lots of butter, and fresh herbs.
So this year skip the more complicated baked stuffing, and don’t even think about making a boxed stuffing mix. Serve this homemade stovetop stuffing instead!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Salted butter
- Bulk ground sausage
- Fresh sage, rosemary and thyme
- Chicken or turkey broth
- Dried stuffing bread cubes
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Homemade Stovetop Sausage Stuffing
- Cook sausage. Brown sausage in skillet over medium high heat until cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Cook vegetables in butter. Add butter, onions, celery, garlic, and herbs to skillet and cook till veggies are softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add bread cubes and broth. Return sausage to pan along with bread cubes and gently toss. Pour broth over the whole skillet, trying to moisten as many bread cubes as possible. Toss very gently.
- Let sit. Cover skillet and let sit for 15-20 minutes to let the bread cubes soak up the broth.
- Broil. Place skillet under the broiler for 2-4 minutes to brown the top of the stuffing (optional!).
Tips for this Recipe
- You can make this stovetop stuffing in almost any covered skillet or pot, but I chose to use a cast iron skillet as there’s more surface area to brown the sausage, which enhances the flavor in this recipe.
- Both unsalted and salted real butter will work for this recipe, but I prefer the boost in flavor from salted butter.
- Look for stuffing bread cubes at your grocery store (the baking section is where I find them). If you can’t find them, you can make your own. Cut bread (any kind you like) into very small cubes 5-6 cups total and let dry overnight on a sheet pan left uncovered.
- Be sure the broth is warm or hot when you add it, as that will keep the dish warm until it’s ready to serve.
- Toasting the stuffing under the broiler is an optional step, but if you have a few minutes before serving I highly recommend it.
- Using fresh herbs will produce the best flavor, but in a pinch you can use dried.
Can this Recipe be Made Ahead?
One of the things I love about this recipe is that it’s so easy to prepare the day of, without any prep needed ahead of time. However, you can make this ahead. You can cook sausage and veggies up to a few days before and refrigerate, and then warm everything in a skillet and proceed with the recipe. Or you can make the completed stuffing, store in the fridge for 1-2 days and reheat in the microwave or in a 350°F oven.
More Side Dishes to Love
- Easy Classic Stuffing
- Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Casserole
- Buttery Garlic Green Beans
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Sauce
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Homemade Stovetop Sausage Stuffing
- 1 lb bulk ground sausage
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 small onion , chopped
- 4 ribs celery , chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, thyme and sage
- 5 cups dried stuffing bread cubes
- 1 ½ cups chicken or turkey broth , warm
- Brown sausage in skillet over medium high heat until cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add butter, onions, celery, garlic, and herbs to skillet and cook till veggies are softened, about 5 minutes.
- Return sausage to pan along with bread cubes and gently toss. Pour warm broth over the whole skillet, trying to moisten as many bread cubes as possible as you pour. Toss very gently.
- Cover skillet and let sit for 15-20 minutes to let the bread cubes soak up the broth.
- (Optional) Place skillet under the broiler for 2-4 minutes to brown the top of the stuffing. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
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