Unstuffing Side Dish Recipe
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Unstuffing Side Dish Recipe

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With sausage, mushrooms, celery and the perfect blend of seasonings, this moist dressing is irresistible. I like to call it "Unstuffing" since it bakes separately from the turkey, which I do on the grill. -Ken Churches, Kailua-Kona, HI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes or dry cubed bread
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups chicken broth

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 259 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 951mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain. Add the butter, mushrooms, celery and onion; cook for 3-5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in the poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl; add stuffing cubes and enough broth to moisten.
  2. Place in a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until browned. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Unstuffing Side Dish in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p31

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crysmitchell User ID: 5044355 8795
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I made this stuffing for Thanksgiving. I thought using the sausage would make it a unique side dish. I was disappointed. It was rather bland."

BusyMom1961 User ID: 973432 9347
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"This is the best stuffing that I have ever fixed. The flavors blend so nicely together. My family always makes sure that I make this at the holidays."

BusyMom1961 User ID: 973432 8730
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"I have been using this for my holiday stuffing since it first came out in Taste of Home. There is no better stuffing recipe. I love it."

ktownsend User ID: 1135074 8446
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I have been making this recipe for several years now. I smoke or grill my turkey and have never stuffed one, so Unstuffing is the way to go! This is so savory I could eat it as a main dish. This is a keeper!"

OneMsBrooke User ID: 4268896 200242
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009

"My Mom has kept this recipe and has been preparing it during the holidays for about 5 years. This is definitely a winner. My husband eats this dish by himself if left to his devices."

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