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Slow-Cooked Sausage Dressing Recipe

Slow-Cooked Sausage Dressing Recipe

This dressing recipe is so delicious no one will know it's lower in fat. And best of all, it cooks effortlessly in the slow cooker, so the stove and oven are freed up for other dishes! —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat bulk pork sausage
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 7 cups seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium tart apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the sausage, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • 2. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through and apple is tender, stirring once. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 201 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 640 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Sausage Dressing

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"I made this for my thanksgiving meal yesterday. My husbands comment was this is the only dressing you are going to make from now on. It turned out perfect. I did subsitite the pecans with dried cranberries because we are now big pecan fans. I cooked it for 3 hrs like some of the other reviews suggested. I didn't change anything else. this is now my stuffing recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"This was an easy and delicious dressing. We eliminated the pecans because they are not a favorite in my household. I do like the suggestion of the dried cranberries though and will try that next time."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"This was great! Very easy. The apples cooked down and just gave an extra layer of flavor without being overpowering. Awesome dish!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"Sounds awesome. This is my 1st Thanksgiving where I am cooking and with my dad being allergic to chicken and turkey its hard to find things without that stuff in there. So instead of chicken broth I am going to use vegetable broth. Thank you for sharing your recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This dressing is excellent and easy. I made it exactly as is, but think I'd replace the pecans w/ dried cranberries when I make it again. Cooked it on low for 4 hours which was too long, so will reduce it down to 3 hours the next time. Very tasty and a great leftover too! Keeper....."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This is very similar to the way I make stuffing, but I use pre-cooked turkey breakfast sausage, chopped, instead of the bulk sausage, and I use poultry seasoning instead of just the sage. I place several paper towels under the lid to absorb some of the steam. They get replaced with fresh ones when they become too wet. You could also use a tea towel."

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"This is sooo good, I made 2 of this recipe one with the apples & the other with Ocean Spray dried cranberries they were both yummy!!"

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving and there was none of it leftover! I made this without the Pecans and the only problem I found was it did end up a little mushy at the end. I would take the lid off for a short time before serving."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Would make this again because it's a great stuffing recipe to make in the crock pot. Prep was quick and end result very flavorful"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"This is my families favorite. If you wish to make this ahead of time I would recommend the following:

1. Precook the sausage and veggies the day before.
2. refrigerate overnite in the crock pot if you like.
3. assemble the bread cubes ( I have used both the packaged seasoned bread cubes and a loaf of day-old bread) with the pre-cooked items, broth, and seasonings in the crock pot on Thanksgiving morn.
If you combine it the day before I think it will break down too much a"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"I wonder if the dressing can be made the day ahead, put in the crock pot, ref. and cooked on Thanksgiving day."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"I wonder if you could use cornbread instead of the bread cubes? Has anyone tried that?"

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