This Caramelized Onion, Apple and Sausage Whole Grain Stuffing is a sweet and savory, flavor-packed stuffing your Thanksgiving table needs. Everyone will love the savory sausage, sweet apples and buttery caramelized onions.
Would you believe me if I said I never really cared for a Thanksgiving feast until a few years ago? I am not sure what was wrong with my former self…
Every year, my plate consisted of loads of turkey (sans gravy), a warm roll with the perfect ratio of butter to bread; 2:1. And a spoonful of my Mom’s bacon green beans. That’s it.
The mashed potatoes? I passed. The green bean casserole? No thanks. And that boxed stuffing? I will gladly go without.
Fast forward to the late and I still pile on the turkey and bacon green beans (because duh, bacon), but I gladly fill my plate with honey loaded sweet potato casserole, a few rolls and a heaping spoonful of sausage stuffing.
Along with a bigger plate, I need a bigger stomach. Don’t we all on Thanksgiving?
It is beyond me why it has taken me until the young age of 30 to make stuffing and really start enjoying it mostly. I like every component; sausage, bread, onions and endless flavor possibilities. And not to mention how easy it is. One dish dinner is always a great idea.
Rather than boring, boxed stuffing that made my turn up my nose, there is layers upon layers of flavor here. The key to any dish. The first layer? Juicy Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage. The sausage comes loaded with all of the Italian seasonings so you can skip a long list of ingredients here! The sausage cooks up quickly, making it a great start to any weeknight dish! So the first layer is sauteed in a large skillet then remove once cooked. The next few layers build upon the flavor of sausage in the same skillet. Another key to a great dish!
The second layer? The buttery, sweet caramelized onions. Then, crisp celery and tender, crisp apples are added to the mix. Once that is all mixed, nutty whole grain croutons are folded in then baked until heated through and the croutons are golden brown.
I can now see what the rave is all about over stuffing. I mean, it’s practically a well-rounded meal in itself: meat, veggies and your carb. In true Thanksgiving style, please excuse me while I go consume copious amounts of stuffing.
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