Shirley's Old Fashioned Sausage Stuffing

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 25m
Ready In

Recipe: #342

October 09, 2011

"My mom made the BEST stuffing, which always made our holiday dinners complete. Here is her recipe, and mine as well. There is enough stuffing in this recipe to stuff up to a 25 pound bird, and still have some left over to bake in a casserole dish or aluminum foil, the last hour of cooking, so that you have plenty for everyone. Great to use for leftovers along with some sliced turkey and cranberry sauce, for a delicious sandwich, or add it in with your favorite Turkey Soup... Tips: Store leftover turkey and stuffing in shallow containers with covers, and use within 2-3 days. You may freeze but use within 3 months. Avoid pre-stuffed fresh turkeys, and DO NOT stuff birds to cook on a grill or smoker, or if you plan to deep fry. Always stuff a bird just BEFORE roasting. The stuffing should be warm, NOT hot or cold, when you pack it in the bird, otherwise the roasting time will be off, and the temperature of the stuffing will not reach 165 degrees F before the rest of the bird is done. Don't overstuff the turkey, because the stuffing will expand as the bird roasts. Following these simple steps is the safest way to stop airborne bacteria from invading your turkey and stuffing and making you sick."

Original is 10-12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (273.2 g)
  • Calories 692.1
  • Total Fat - 55.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 52.7 mg
  • Sodium - 19244.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 32.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.3 g
  • Sugars - 4.2 g
  • Protein - 16.6 g
  • Calcium - 192.6 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a saucepan over med. heat, boil the fresh pork sausage and gizzards, along with the margarine, onions, and celery, in 1 quart of water, for 30 minutes Strain, saving water.

Step 2

Put the onions, celery, and sausage in a lg. bowl, and set aside. Put the gizzards, and meat picked from the neck, in a blender, and press chop. (Do it quickly, and stop to mix meats, then pulse for 1-2 seconds again. You do not want it to be mushy). When all is chopped fine, put in the lg. bowl, along with onions, celery, and sausage.

Step 3

You may also grind the gizzards, and other meat parts in a meat grinder instead of the blender if you have one.

Step 4

Add to the sausage, onion and celery.

Step 5

When ready to stuff the bird and bake:.

Step 6

In a lg. bowl crumble your bread, crust and all, (I roll the bread between my hands to crumble it).

Step 7

Crush the crackers right in the closed sleeves, (but be careful not to push too fast or you may open the pkg). When crushed, open the sleeve and put in the bowl, along with the bread. Mix up well.

Step 8

Mix the meat mixture with the dry mixture.

Step 9

Add enough liquid from the sausage, gizzards, heart and neck stock (a little at a time), to make the stuffing to the desired consistency, of if not using these parts, use some chicken or turkey broth.

Step 10

Toss with a fork, until well mixed. Gently knead the mixture to distribute the ingredients. (The stuffing should have enough liquid so it holds together in a ball if you squeeze it in your hands, but not mushy, especially if you are stuffing your turkey, as the juices from the turkey make it moist as it is cooking).

Step 11

Add poultry seasoning, tasting as you go, to get it the way you like it.

Step 12

Salt and pepper, to taste.

Step 13

Stuff the bird right before putting it in the oven. DO NOT stuff the bird and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 14

The stuffing should be warm or room temperature when you are ready to put it in the bird.

Step 15

Plan to use 3/4 cup stuffing for each pound of turkey.

Step 16

To stuff the neck, first pack it loosely with stuffing.

Step 17

Pin the neck skin over the exposed stuffing with a skewer, or flip the wing tips up to hold it in place.

Step 18

Spoon stuffing loosely in the main body cavity.

Step 19

Cover exposed stuffing with a swatch of aluminum foil or a piece of bread.

Step 20

Roast turkey using desired method. (I bake mine at 350, and go by the pounds on the turkey label for the hours needed to roast).

Step 21

Baste turkey with pan drippings at least 3 times during cooking time to get nice crispy skin, and help to keep turkey moist.

Step 22

Use a meat thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F before removing from the oven. Keep in mind that a "pop-up" thermometer that comes with a turkey won't tell you the temperature of the stuffing.

Step 23

Place any extra stuffing in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake, NO MORE THAN 8 hours before cooking the bird.

Step 24

Pour 1/2 cup turkey or chicken stock over the extra stuffing, and bake at 350, for 30-60 minutes covered with aluminum foil.

Step 25

After the turkey is done roasting, remove stuffing immediately from the bird, and place in a bowl. (I use an aluminum bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep it nice and hot, until serving time).


No special items needed.

29 Reviews


This stuffing had all of us going back for seconds, and thirds! What flavor when all the ingredients marry together, while roasting with the juices from the turkey! The sausage shines through for sure! No more dressing in a casserole dish for us. This is the only way to go from now on!


review by:
(30 Nov 2020)

Java Joanne

The hardest thing about this stuffing was smelling it while it was cooking inside the bird. I couldn't wait to taste it! It takes a little time to prepare but is worth every minute of preparation. So yummy!


review by:
(1 Dec 2019)

Bevs Best Recipes

Cut the recipe by half, and made it by itself in a casserole dish. I didn't use the gizzards this time but will for the holidays, as this stuffing is the best we have had! I covered it while baking to keep it moist. The top crusted over a bit but it was delicious non the less.


(28 Jul 2018)


Couldn't be better. We love sausage stuffing and this was so easy and delicious! I used the leftovers from Thanksgiving making turkey stuffed sandwiches with cranberry sauce. The bunch of us that were eating loved them too!!


review by:
(6 Dec 2016)


This dressing comes together quite nicely and doesn't take all that much time, not to mention how delicious it comes out each and every time I make it. My go to recipe cause the whole bunch of us love it!


review by:
(12 Dec 2015)


My first time making my nanny's stuffing. It is the only stuffing my family makes because we all love it so much!


review by:
(6 Dec 2015)

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