Easy Thanksgiving Dressing

Easy Thanksgiving Dressing

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This Easy Thanksgiving Dressing is one I’ve tweaked based on my mother-in-law’s holiday recipe. Savory dressing with sausage, sweetened with dried apricots, with the crunch of pine nuts.

I always enjoy her dish so much, but my husband doesn’t care for dressing or stuffing. Because of that I came up with my own “easy” version. It’s not as good as the original from scratch homemade dish, but it’s a close second. And in my situation, I’ll take that.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Thanksgiving Dressing

  • bulk ground sausage
  • turkey stuffing mix
  • cornbread stuffing mix
  • water
  • butter
  • seasoning mix (from stuffing box)
  • dried apricots
  • pine nuts

 

A Note About Stuffing Mixes

I’ve noticed that some stuffing mixes offer seasoning packets, while others do not. If the latter is the case, simply ignore the addition of the seasoning ingredient. I like to use the combination of turkey and cornbread stuffing mixes, but you could also use chicken, sage, or even sourdough.

Stove Top Stuffing Mix

As for brands, I’ve used Stove Top (which is always good), as well as store brand versions. Personally, I’d look for sales, and if you can purchase Stove Top Stuffing Mix or Pepperidge Farm on a good sale, I’d go for that.

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Coat inside of baking dish with cooking spray. Using a knife and cutting board, chop dried apricots. Set aside until ready to use.

Brown sausage in a medium skillet and set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine seasoning packets with water and butter. Add in chopped apricots. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, covered.

Remove from heat. Mix in bread crumbs, browned sausage, and pine nuts. Stir to moisten. Cover and let stand an additional 5 minutes.

Fluff with fork and spoon dressing into the prepared baking dish. Place in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes to crisp up the dressing. Cover until ready to serve. Serves 10-12.

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Easy Thanksgiving Dressing

This Easy Thanksgiving Dressing is one I've tweaked based on my mother-in-law's holiday recipe. Savory dressing with sausage, sweetened with dried apricots, with the crunch of pine nuts.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread stuffing, dried apricots, ground sausage, Holiday Meals, stuffing mix, Thanksgiving Dinner, turkey stuffing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting:: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

Knife Set
Cuisinart Cookware
Spurtle Set
Oval Bakers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bulk ground sausage
  • 6 oz turkey stuffing mix
  • 6 oz. cornbread stuffing mix
  • 3 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 packets seasoning mix from stuffing mixes
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup pine nuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Coat inside of baking dish with cooking spray. Using a knife and cutting board, chop dried apricots. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Brown sausage in a medium skillet and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine seasoning packets with water and butter. Add in chopped apricots. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, covered.
  • Remove from heat. Mix in bread crumbs, browned sausage, and pine nuts. Stir to moisten. Cover and let stand an additional 5 minutes.
  • Fluff with fork and spoon dressing into the prepared baking dish. Place in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes. Cover until ready to serve. Serves 10-12.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 847IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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