Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing Recipe
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Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing Recipe

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Coming from an Italian family, I like to use lots of herbs and seasonings in my cooking. This treasured stuffing features Parmesan cheese, apples and walnuts.—Pamela Hewitt, Laguna Niguel, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 5 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 16 cups cubed day-old bread
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 358 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 785 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute the celery, onions, sage and thyme in butter until vegetables are tender. Transfer to a very large bowl; cool slightly. Stir in the cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add to celery mixture. Add the bread cubes, apples, broth and walnuts; toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish (dish will be full). Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through and lightly browned. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p116

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I love this recipe!!! I have made it for about three years now and the only thing that I have changed is cooking the apples with the vegetables at the beginning of the recipe. My entire family loves this stuffing!! Thank you for this excellent recipe!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"We've made this stuffing for years and years and love it! It makes a huge amount and often, we've frozen half of it (we have a small gathering) and it freezes well also. I do slice my apples as directed, but can see the point from the reviewer who suggested dicing them. I may try that this year as well. The flavor is amazing and so moist!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"I made this for Thanksgiving this year and everyone loved it. The only thing I think I'll do different is to cut back on the walnuts and cut the apples into small bite size pieces instead of slices but I'll definitely make this again next year."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"For a lighter version I made it without the cheese and sausage and it was still wonderful. The seasonings are marvelous and it makes enough for the whole family and lots of left overs!"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I made this last year and my son in law said I make the best stuffing he ever had. Of course I am making it again this Thanksgiving"

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