And here we are, into one of the busiest times of year. Thanksgiving is an especially busy holiday, what with cooking that big feast, hosting out of town guests, and entertaining the kids during their fall school break. That’s why I am always looking for short cuts and ways to make Thanksgiving just a little easier – but no less fabulous (see my tips for having a low-stress Thanksgiving, plus my easy Thanksgiving menu and shopping list, in this post). Today’s recipe is the perfect example of finding that balance between easy and delicious for a Thanksgiving side dish.
This recipe is a hack on boxed stuffing – so easy but so good that your guests will think you made it from scratch! Yay for short cuts!
I developed today’s Halloween recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars Tastemakers program. Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Easiest Sausage Stuffing on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.
Ground sausage with sage adds an especially nice flavor, but you can make this with any mild ground breakfast sausage. The recipe starts by browning the sausage with the vegetables so that the oil from the sausage helps cooks the veggies. Combining the sausage browning with the vegetable sautéing is not only super easy, but also a time saver.
I always drain sausage, bacon, etc. on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil.
The stuffing mix is prepared according to package directions, then the sausage and vegetable mixture is mixed in.
No kidding, guys – the taste and texture make this seem 100% homemade. And who needs to stress over stuffing anyway, especially when the boxed stuff tastes pretty darn good? I say save the effort, and put it towards one of your specialty or high-impact dishes instead. Your guests will love this one, and won’t care how little fuss it took you to make it.
Serve it up with a simple turkey gravy, like this one from Allrecipes.
Here’s the recipe. You’ll want to pin this one for when you need a holiday meal short cut!
- 1 (16 ounce) package ground breakfast sausage
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 (6 ounce) packages dry bread stuffing mix
- Combine sausage, celery, and onion in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is browned and crumbled, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer cooked mixture to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil.
- Pour water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in butter until melted.
- Add stuffing mix, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
- Add cooked sausage mixture and stir to combine.