Easy Homemade Stuffing

 Easy homemade sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner!


Easy stuffing with all the fixings! www.lemonsforlulu.com

The other day my daughter announced out of the blue that she doesn’t like Thanksgiving because she doesn’t like pie.  The apple did not fall far from the tree there!  The way that she and I differ is that the one thing I do love about Thanksgiving is the stuffing!!!  Every year I stuff myself with stuffing!  Love it!  Especially if it’s loaded with extras!

Homemade stuffing with mushrooms, sausage and artichokes! www.lemonsforlulu.com

I’ve always had an affinity for my mom’s stuffing.  I think it was because she always loaded it up with ground sausage.  Something about how the breading soaks up the juices from the salty  meat always made it absolutely mouth-watering! Which is why I would load up my plate to where it was filled with mostly stuffing.  Sure turkey is great and all, but I would happily forego it in favor of more stuffing!   I would take second and third helpings too if it weren’t sort of rude to take more than my  fair share.  I do believe my family (who also are stuffing enthusiasts) would be rather cross with me if I left only a few crumbs.   So while everyone is eating their Thanksgiving day meal, I mostly pick at the turkey and the potatoes  and move them around my plate so it looks like I ate them.  Then when I see everyone has had second helpings, I go in for the kill and scoop up any remaining stuffing!  What can I say, I’m a calculating opportunist!

This Thanksgiving, as with most, my job is to bring dessert.  So when I found several stuffing recipes in the November issue of Cooking Light, I knew I’d have to make my own for dinner before Thanksgiving!  I toasted up my own bread crumbs and added mushrooms, artichokes, and of course, ground Italian sausage!  It tasted remarkably similar to my mom’s!  My stuffing cravings have been satisfied.  Now I won’t have to fight any family members for the last spoonful this year!


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Easy Homemade Stuffing
  • 6-8 slices sourdough bread, cubed and toasted
  • 2 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Sage
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 11 x 7 baking dish with non stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet brown sausage breaking it up as it cooks. Remove. Saute mushrooms, artichokes and sage in the same skillet for about 6-8 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
  3. Combine bread cubes, eggs, chicken stock, sausage and vegetables in a large bowl. Stir to coat. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake stuffing for 45 minutes or until set and breading has browned.


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34 Responses

  1. I feel the same way about stuffing (but we call it dressing if it’s not actually stuffed in the turkey here) and even eat the leftovers for breakfast the next day. Best breakfast ever.

    • I never remember the difference between stuffing and dressing. I’m all for trying ti for breakfast!

  2. Yummy Tanya! I loooooove stuffing too! I could easily be happy with just a giant plate of stuffing :)

  3. Oh my gosh can you bring this to my Thanksgiving? I also hate the pie. Love the stuffing! I’m seriously drooling!

  4. Why is Cooking Light always so awesome?!
    Also- HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE PIE?! What is going on over there.
    I love love love stuffing — and I have to make it this year because I am doing all the cooking at my sister’s house. Usually my mom makes it. I might need this recipe…

    • I don’t know what it is about pie….we just aren’t that close. This stuffing made me very happy Heather!

  5. I love the stuffing as well, but mine has bacon and pecans. :) I will need to try your Italian sausage version Tanya, it sounds wonderful!!

    • Can’t ever go wrong with bacon Lisa!

  6. I am so on the same page as you…Thanksgiving is all about the stuffing for me! Yours looks gorgeous and just the way I like it, with that crunchy top! I need to try this with the sausage! I’ve never had it that way and it sounds delicious!

    • MMm, the sausage is so good! You have to try it Caroline!

  7. Tanya I’m loving these Thanksgiving recipes you’re sharing this week, this stuffing looks delish!

  8. Ooh! This looks great! I love stuffing, but I have only made one kind before. Maybe I’ll try mixing it up and making this

    • THis is going to be my go to stuffing from now! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I have to say that stuffing is my ultimate favorite thing for the dinner on Thanksgiving. I could pass even on the pies…it’s all about the stuffing! This one is looking great!

    • Thank you Gloria! Who needs pie anyway?

  10. juliemurkerson

    Great stuffing recipe, Tanya! Stuffing is one of my favorite sides and I love to make a good one and try new ones. I made one a couple weeks ago that I’ll be sharing this week!

    I love the sausage and mushrooms in your stuffing. And sourdough bread? HUGE WIN!

    Hope you are having a great weekend, Tanya!

    • Thank you Julie! I can’t wait to make this stuffing for “the big day”! Look forward to yours too!

  11. I love stuffing with sausage….but no one in my family makes it that way! I guess I’ll have to be like you and make a pre-Thanksgiving dinner of our own, complete with this yummy stuffing recipe!

    • I couldn’t go back to plain stuffing again! I’m happy we had our pre Thanksgiving dinner, it was a lot less stressful!

  12. I have had sausage stuffing but never with mushrooms and artichokes – this is a must try! It will be great on a roasted chicken night.

    • I couldn’t have sausage without stuffing, it’s so good!

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