Crispy on top and just soft enough underneath, no one will guess this Shortcut Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing started with a store-bought mix.
This stuffing recipe was originally published November 2014 and republished with new photos in 2021.
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This boxed stuffing mix upgrade results in a savory stuffing with just the right amount of tart from the dried cranberries.
No more guessing if your bread is dry enough to make stuffing or if the seasoning is right. All the guess work is done for you in the mix!
This easy shortcut stuffing makes the perfect side dish to your Thanksgiving turkey!
- Stuffing or Dressing
- Why you'll love this easy stuffing recipe
- Equipment needed to make this easy stuffing recipe
- Ingredients for Shortcut Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing
- How to make this Shortcut Stuffing
- What else to serve with your Shortcut Stuffing
- Popular Substitutions
- Shortcut Stuffing FAQ
- What to do with Leftover Stuffing
- Shortcut Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing With Cranberries - Printable Recipe
Stuffing or Dressing
This is technically a dressing.
Stuffing is stuffed into the turkey.
Dressing is baked and served alongside.
That being said, growing up, my mom called it stuffing and it stuck. I can't break the habit, so I'm still calling it stuffing. Let's just agree I'm wrong and move along, shall we? No need to send me a message about it.
Why you'll love this easy stuffing recipe
- it's easy (obviously)
- you can prep the sausage ahead of time
- easy to find ingredients
- no drying out bread for days on the counter
- it's delicious
Equipment needed to make this easy stuffing recipe
Ingredients for Shortcut Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing
- store-bought stuffing mix
- bulk sausage - preferably the sage seasoned, you can find this around the holidays
- dry cranberries / craisins
- stock - vegetable, turkey or chicken
- salt & pepper
How to make this Shortcut Stuffing
Step 1: Brown the sausage.
Step 2: While sausage is cooking, prepare stuffing mix by heating stock and stirring it into dry stuffing mix.
Step 3: Soften celery and onion in butter.
Step 4: Combine everything. Place in a prepared baking dish and bake in pre-heated oven.
If you want to go all out and forget calories, toss a few pats of butter over the top before baking. We don't count calories on Thanksgiving anyway, right?
What else to serve with your Shortcut Stuffing
- Roast Chicken
- turkey giblets
- green apple
- pumpkin cubes
Shortcut Stuffing FAQ
What to do with Leftover Stuffing
Use your leftover stuffing in recipes like:
Shortcut Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing With Cranberries - Printable Recipe
- 1 pound bulk pork sausage sage seasoned variety
- 14 ounce bag seasoned stuffing mix
- 2 Cup vegetable stock or chicken or turkey stock
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 small sweet onion diced
- 2 ribs celery diced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ½ Cup craisins dried cranberries
- Butter for coating baking dish
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large skillet, cook sausage until browned and cooked through over medium-high heat. Drain sausage and set aside.
- While sausage is cooking, bring 2 C vegetable stock to a boil. Remove from heat and gently stir in stuffing mixture. Set aside.
- Wipe out skillet with a paper towel and return to stove over medium-high heat. Melt 1 T butter in skillet and add onions and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Turn off heat. Stir sausage back into skillet with vegetables. Next, stir in craisins. Finally, gently fold in stuffing mix.
- Prepare a large baking dish with butter. Pour mixture into baking dish and cover. Bake 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until top is crunchy.