This easy sausage cornbread stuffing is so loaded with flavor that no one will ever suspect that it starts with a box mix!
If you think a box mix can’t taste great, think again. By the time you’re done adding sage sausage, onions, and celery you may never go back to scratch!
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My late mother-in-law taught me how to make this crazy delicious stuffing…then stuck me with making it every year!
I didn’t really mind, though. And it was one of her favorite dishes when she came to visit on Thanksgiving. I can’t imagine celebrating without it.
You can stuff your bird with it or do like I do and bake it in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
By the way, if oven space is an issue, I highly recommend a turkey roaster. My turkeys have been better than ever since I started using one.
It frees up my oven for other dishes. And in the summer we use it to finish off our ribs.
Start by browning the sausage. I like a lean name brand because we’re not going to drain this. Cheaper brands tend to have too much fat. If you can’t find sage sausage, just use pork sausage and add about a teaspoon of dried sage.
You can find sage sausage by the breakfast sausage. My favorite brand is Jimmy Dean.
When the sausage is cooked through, DON’T DRAIN IT. The fat will stand in for the butter that you would usually add to the stuffing mix.
Toss the onions and celery in with the sausage. I like mine chopped fine but if you like it chunkier, go for it. Hubby loves sage so I throw in a little extra.
Cook the veggies with the sausage until they’re softened.
Next, add the water called for in the mix. Remember, we’re making 2 boxes so be sure to add enough. I’m using Stove Top so I’ll need 3 cups total.
Bring the mixture to a boil, remove it from the heat, and add the stuffing.
Stir it until it’s just moistened and let it stand a few minutes. Then spoon it into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake your cornbread stuffing, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until it’s nicely browned.
Now see, wasn’t that easy? And it tastes just like scratch, if not better! Can you tell I’m a big fan?
Leftovers are easily reheated in the microwave.
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