Gluten Free Apple Sausage Stuffing

We always serve stuffing at least two ways at the holidays. Usually one version is my grandmother’s Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe and the other is Apple Sausage Stuffing, which my mother in law introduced me to the first time I attended Thanksgiving at her house. The way my mother in law makes it is delicious. So good, that it was one of the recipes that we just had to adapt so that it could be gluten free and our whole family could enjoy it. Happily, my mother in law was up to the challenge and it was kid tested recently to rave reviews. It makes a fabulous holiday side dish that I highly recommend trying with your family.

Gluten Free Apple Sausage Stuffing

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and soy free and makes about 7 cups of stuffing.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb gluten and casein free pork-sausage meat
  2. 3 large granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
  3. 1 large yellow onion chopped
  4. 1 cup chopped celery
  5. 6 cups fresh chopped bread
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 teaspoon of gluten free poultry seasoning
  9. 1/2 cup gluten free chicken broth

 

Directions:

  1. The day before you plan to make this chop your gluten free bread into square chunks and let them sit out overnight on baking sheets to get dry. We use classic white gluten free bread and sometimes mix it up by also doing another gluten free bread variety.
  2. Cooking day: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large sauce pot over medium heat, cook the sausage until browned, breaking pieces apart with a fork as you go.
  4. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and transfer into a medium bowl; set aside.
  5. Drain the drippings from the sauce pot leaving only 1/4 cup remaining in the pot.
  6. Add the apples, onion, and celery to the sauce pot with remaining drippings and cook until celery is tender, about 10-15 min., stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
  7. Stir in reserved sausage and remaining ingredients, mix well.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to make it moist.
  9. Transfer the mixture into a casserole dish.
  10. Bake in the oven covered for 30 minutes, until you can stick a knife in the middle and it comes out hot.
  11. Remove the cover and let it cook for 5-15 more minutes to brown the top.
  12. Enjoy!

Babyfood Twist: If your little one is too small to eat this level of solid food, take a serving and blend it in a food processor with 1/8 cup of chicken broth. Add more 1/8 cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency.