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Grandma’s Poultry Dressing

Every family seems to have their own favorite dressing recipe that becomes a tradition, and this is ours. It came from Grandma, who passed it down to my mother. Now our children have carried it into their kitchens. This is truly a good old-fashioned recipe. —Norma Howland, Joliet, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 cups


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 7 cups coarse dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, brown sausage. Drain sausage, discarding drippings. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. In a large bowl, combine sausage, milk and remaining ingredients.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake until lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 352 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 826mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.


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  • Adele
    Oct 31, 2020

    Who cares what it's called? There are people who have commented here who really need to get over themselves (you know who you are). I make something very similar to this, although, like one other commenter, I like to add chopped apple. I also like to add a lot more onion and celery. Further, I commit the unpardonable sin of sautéing my onions, celery and apples in the sausage drippings. So sue me!

    Oct 31, 2020

    For those complaining about the word "poultry"...perhaps it is means it is a side for poultry. It is a good recipe.

  • Summy
    Jan 6, 2020

    I'm not a fan of meat in my dressing, as some other reviewers commented. But I like this recipe. It this solves the problem for those of us who can never get enough of leftover dressing after the holidays: put meat in it, and call it dinner! Just serve with a side salad and maybe some cranberry sauce. ??

  • johnnacastle
    Nov 14, 2019

    The ingredients call for one lb. of bulk pork sausage. It's the 1st item on the list. I have not tried YET but I thought I would help anyone in the future that can't properly read recipes. It is very similar to mine but I am always looking at ways to change it up. Everyone loves mine but sometimes change is good too.

  • Huszczo
    Oct 29, 2019

    I have not made “this” recipe, but I make a very similar recipe. I use chicken broth instead of milk. I also add 1 chopped apple. I’m getting tired of such negativity. If you don’t like it MOVE ON. Who cares if you feeling mislead by the name. Go scream into a pillow. If a recipe upsets you this much, I’d hate to be your dog.

  • Beverly
    Oct 17, 2019

    The name is a misnomer. Poultry would indicate it has some form of poultry in the ingredients. I know the intent was to show that it is good to serve WITH poultry but actually this dressing recipe would be an excellent side dish with pork. This is a nice, easy, basic SAUSAGE dressing recipe.

  • cabuccola
    Mar 25, 2019

    Sounds like what my Nana used to make except we used all of the above ingredients, minus the eggs, as well as extra stuffing bread, chicken broth and poultry seasoning. Always the favorite dish on the table

  • Ernie
    Feb 6, 2019

    Where did the "poultry" come in? No poultry drippings or seasoning

  • Kathyd7
    Nov 10, 2018

    The picture is misleading....looks more like bread cubes and not crumbs.

  • bjwings
    Nov 9, 2018

    looks good----But the name needs to be corrected to "Grandma's Sausage Dressing".