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Do you love stuffing? Make it into a dinner on its own any time of year with this Sausage Stuffing Casserole! With all the classic flavors, it’s also the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table as a side dish. THM XO
Ryan’s comment: “It tastes like my grandma’s stuffing from Lancaster, only with half the butter.” Feel free to add more butter for the full Lancaster, PA, experience. I personally like it just like it is….
The inspiration for this recipe
Credit where credit is due: this recipe was inspired by Bon Appetit’s Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Corn Nuts. I loved the idea of all the classic Thanksgiving flavors mashed together + sausage, because sausage is delicious. Could I make the whole shebang THM friendly and maybe a little easier to make?
Yes, yes I could. And it’s delicious. 🙂
- I used turkey sausage so I wouldn’t have so much grease to contend with. I wanted to keep all that good flavor in the casserole so I didn’t want to have copious amounts of grease to drain off, like pork sausage produces.
- Instead of using cornbread in the casserole, I used sourdough bread because I usually have that in the freezer and it’s easier to find a storebought THM friendly substitute for bread than cornbread. I added some masa flour for cornbread flavor. I’d call that genius if I weren’t talking about myself here.
- I kept all the standards: onion, celery, garlic, BUTTER (although I backed down on that a bit), sage, thyme, you know the drill.
What kind of bread should I use?
Use a bread that is on plan for THM if you follow that plan. I used a homemade artisan style sourdough bread made with mostly white whole wheat flour. (This recipe looks similar to what I used.) 8 cups weighed 1 lb, 6 oz, so it was pretty hearty.
You could also use an on plan sprouted bread (I like Aldi’s) but you may need to use more bread or add less liquid if your bread is not as dense as mine.
To be THM friendly, sourdough bread must be made with mostly whole grain flour and soured at least 7 hours.
Can I bake this stuffing inside a turkey?
I assume this stuffing could go inside a turkey but I don’t know what the texture would turn out like. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!
Can I make this stuffing ahead?
Sure! Make it ahead and bake it, then reheat it covered with foil for a wetter stuffing or without foil for a crunchier stuffing.
How to make THM friendly gravy
Gravy is the perfect stuffing accoutrement! I make mine with 1-2 tablespoons of oat fiber and 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum per cup of flavorful broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Thicken with more oat fiber to achieve the desired texture if needed. Reduce in an uncovered saucepan on the stovetop and make sure to cook out the oat fiber flavor.
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for helpful info and answers to frequently asked questions!
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