Who says you have to wait to the holidays to enjoy a tasty cherry sausage stuffing recipe? Not me, I say you can enjoy it anytime of the year.
However, the holidays are usually when we typically make a big batch of stuffing so make sure you pin this recipe to your holiday recipes pinterest board!
The family definitely won’t be disappointed when you switch up the traditional stuffing recipe for one filled with savory sausage and sweet cherries.
I decided to give this recipe a test run before the big day to make sure it would be a perfect addition to our family meal. I need recipes that are easy and quick to make so that there is time to take the family to the movies before dinner.
This year its a toss up between Lincoln and Breaking Dawn part 2. If I have my way we’ll be going to see Lincoln.
This recipe ended up being really quick and easy to make.
It is so good. I’m really impressed on how well it turned out seeing that I used fresh Wonder bread instead of dried stuffing mix. This recipe serves 4-6, double or triple as needed.
Cherry Sausage Stuffing Recipe
First, fry up maple flavored sausage until it is well done. Remove cooked sausage from pan and place in a bowl.
Chop up the onion and celery.
Add butter to sausage pan and melt. Once butter is melted add onion and celery and cook for 5-7 minutes until veggies are soft.
That’s right…I used fresh bread for my stuffing and it turned out fantastic! I picked up Wonder Soft 100% Whole Wheat because it doesn’t have any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Plus it’s lower in sodium than other wheat breads and has no trans fat. Love it!
(random fact: did you know that Wonder offer 20 different varieties of bread?)
You’ll need 5 cups of chopped bread.
Add dried cherries to onion and celery
Place bread crumbs in large bowl.
Add seasonings, cooked sausage, cooked veggies & fruit, and chicken broth. Mix well.
Place in a lightly greased 8×8 pan.
Cover tightly with foil
Place in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
Remove foil and place under broiler for 2-4 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Cherry Sausage Stuffing Ingredients
1/2 pound of breakfast sausage, cooked
1/3 of a medium onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 oz dried cherries
3 Tablespoons of butter
5 cups Wonder Whole Wheat bread, cubed
1/2 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
1/2 Tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup chicken broth
Cherry Sausage Stuffing Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using large skillet, fry sausage until cooked through. Remove sausage from pan.
Add butter and melt over medium heat, add onion and celery. Cook for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are soft.
Add dried cherries and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Cube bread and place in large bowl,
add poultry seasoning, parsley, sausage, veggie/fruit combo, including the melted butter and the chicken broth.
If the stuffing seems too dry you can add a bit more chicken broth, but you don’t want the stuffing to be mushy.
Place stuffing in a lightly greased 8×8 pan and cover tightly with foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Remove foil cover and broil for 2-4 additional minutes. Just long enough to lightly toast the top of the stuffing.
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I bet maple sausage is great in stuffing. I always use the sage. And apples. Cherry sounds wild
Ashley - Embracing B says
Ooh, looks yummy! I would have never thought to have used cherries but it looks so good that I may have to give it a try!
looks yummy! I love homemade thanksgiving dishes!
I have never heard of using cherries in stuffing but it looks really good.
Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tir says
This looks really good. I’ve never thought to put cherries in my stuffing but it sounds like it would really add some extra flavor.
Kasandria Reasoner says
We also share what we are thankful for.
What a neat recipe. I love cherries so I’m thinking this would be a perfect stuffing recipe. THANKS!
Liz @ A Nut in a Nut says
I typically don’t like stuffing, but DANG that looks good!
I love going around the table and having everyone say what they’re thankful for!
Emily @ Baby Dickey says
My favorite tradition is making gravy… I know that seems weird, but it was my grandpa’s specialty and something we did together as I got older. He passed away almost 3 years ago so now my mom and I make the gravy together… it’s special.
Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. This sounds yummy!
Beeb Ashcroft says
Oh YUM! No lie, I think eating stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition, LOL! That’s awesome that you used fresh bread. I remember when I was a kid and my parents were preparing Christmas dinner (We’re British so we always have stuffing at Christmas), and they would put out slices of bread on an ironing board overnight to get them stale for the stuffing…LOL!
I never had stuffing with cherries in it. Sounds delicious!
Kristina Vanni says
Love your combination of flavors here. Simple yet packed with a punch! Thanks!
I’ve never tried making stuffing from scratch either, but it looks too easy NOT to try! Thanks for the recipe. My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is sharing what we’re thankful for.
Mrs. Happy Traveler says
My favorite tradition is stuffing my face with delived eggs 🙂
Jenn @therebelchick says
This really looks amazing! I have never tried making stuffing from scratch before!
My favorite tradition is that I get to sit in my old seat at my parents house on Thanksgiving. LOL
THis looks good. I am a big fan of unique, easy recipes. Anything that saves me time in the kitchen is good.