Take the stress off the holidays with this slow cooker apple sausage stuffing that can be set aside to cook while you focus on the turkey!
I know the holidays are going to look a little different for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be celebrating what we are all thankful for! The weather is turning and it is getting crisp and chilly. It makes me crave holiday foods, and stuffing is always one of my favorite side dishes. Truth be told, even though we might not be having a huge family gathering, I’m still going to be cooking for my family of four, and I don’t want to be running around like a crazy person – so I’m looking to make things easy where I can, which means busting out the slow cooker!
No matter what the holidays look like, make them EASY on yourself!
I started prepping holiday foods early. One of the upsides, or downsides (it can be a little of both) to being a food blogger, is that we work at least one holiday ahead of time, prepping new recipes, trying fun things to hone and make sure our recipes, like this slow cooker apple sausage stuffing are ready for YOU in time for the holidays.
The best part was that I had a couple of highly descerning individuals taste test this recipe for me. My mom and bonus dad did a socially distanced drop off of some seed garlic for my garden, and I sent them home with a hefty portion of this recipe. They called me that night, right from the dinner table (which was a big no-no to be on the phone at dinner growing up!) to tell me how delicious this was! So I take that VERY seriously!
They even said they will be making this for their Thanksgiving dinner this year, which is a huge compliment.
This slow cooker apple sausage stuffing is wonderfully easy to make, makes a ton, and despite that preconception that it would be soggy from sitting in a slow cooker, the bottom gets perfectly crusty, and the top if deliciously soft. A slow cooker is a perfect vessel for stuffing, and it doesn’t take up valuable oven space, which is always at a premium during the holidays!
Since it will just be the four of us here at home for the holidays, I’m making a full batch of this slow cooker apple sausage stuffing, and freezing any leftovers into individual dinners so that we can enjoy the holidays a little longer. Prolong the joy of the season any way you can!
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Slow Cooker Apple Sausage Stuffing
- 1 pound Pork Sausage
- 10 cups (approx. 1 Loaf) STALE Crusty Bread Cubes cut into 1/2-3/4″ cubes
- 1 Granny Smith Apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup Sweet Onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup Butter, melted
- 1 tsp Poultry Seasoning, I used this one
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 1/4 cup Chicken Broth
In a large skillet, cook the sausage, breaking it apart with a spoon. Drain the fat away from the sausage. Set aside.
Spray the slow cooker bowl with non stick spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes, apples, onion, and sausage. Drizzle with the melted butter, and season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Pour the broth over the top and toss to combine. You may need additional broth, add it in gradually so you don’t over wet the stuffing.
Pour the stuffing into the slow cooker. Set it on low and cook for 4 1/2-5 hours, or on high for 2 1/2-3 hours.