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Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing

Cooked low and slow this Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing is combined with herbs, sausage, bread and more to create one of the best Holiday side dishes ever!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 364kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 cups dried bread cubes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage sage flavored or original
  • 1 small onion small diced
  • 4 stalks celery small diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme fine chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary fine chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish optional

Instructions

  • If making your own bread cubes, dice a loaf of French bread into ½ inch cubes. Lay the cubes out on a sheet tray and let it sit out overnight. The bread will shrink overnight while it dries out, make sure you have about 14 cups of fresh cubed bread to make 12 cups of dried bread cubes.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat melt the butter, add the sausage, onion, celery, and garlic. Break up the sausage. Stirring occasionally, cook the mixture until the sausage is no longer pink and the veggies are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper,
  • Stir to combine.
  • Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Measure out 12 cups of the bread cubes and add it to the slow cooker.
  • Add the sausage mixture on top. Whisk 2 cups of the stock with the eggs and pour it into the slow cooker.
  • Mix it well until combined. If the mixture looks dry, add a little more stock at a time until moistened, up to 1 more cup. You don’t want it very wet, just moistened. Stir well until combined.
  • Place a clean kitchen towel over the cooker and place the lid on top, this will help prevent excess moisture from getting into the stuffing.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes, make sure to get the corners well to prevent sticking and burning.
  • If after 4 hours the stuffing seems a little wet, take the lid off and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Garnish with optional parsley and serve.

Notes

  1. You can make your own homemade dried bread crumbs, or purchase from the store.
  2. Any of your favorite breakfast sausage flavors can be used we use either sage or regular.
  3. Dried herbs can replace fresh. To do this for 1 Tablespoon of fresh herbs substitute 1 teaspoon dried.
  4. This should only be cooked on low or it has the risk to burn.
  5. Make sure that you place a dish cloth or paper towel under the lid of the slow cooker to prevent extra moisture.
  6. This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  7. If you want to bake this, I have included the recipe and substitutions to do this above.
  8. You can double this recipe if you have a large family, I recommend using 2 8 quart slow cookers.

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg