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Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 358 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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Michelle User ID: 8973293 257123
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2016

"Love this recipe and make it every year but always manage to forget to add the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Didn't forget this year."

retling98 User ID: 8120080 173114
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!!!"

worshiplady User ID: 1046028 209613
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!"

Machensmama User ID: 6955561 175793
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."

wmuir2 User ID: 5571712 102585
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!"

427bette User ID: 1008046 157574
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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