Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? This year has gone by exceptionally fast. Before we know it, we will be ringing in the New Year.
We alternate between having Thanksgiving at our house with my family and traveling to Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. This year we will be home so I am in charge of the menu.
The turkey may take center stage on the Thanksgiving table, but in our family it is the stuffing that is most anticipated. There are obviously strong regional variations in the ingredients that are used to make stuffing. In the South, corn bread stuffings are very popular. This Andouille Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing is one of my favorites. It’s loaded with sausage, both Andouille and breakfast sausage. It also has lots of red bell pepper, onion, and celery. Thyme and sage give it that unmistakable Thanksgiving flavor.
This Andouille Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing recipe was originally published in Bon Appetit Magazine in 1999. That was the year my daughter was born! It’s been a part of our Thanksgiving meal quite a few of the intervening years.
The recipe calls for packaged corn bread stuffing mix, such as Pepperidge Farm, but you can also make it with homemade corn bread. I’ve done it that way too, using a slightly sweet cornbread to contrast the spicy sausage. If you make your own corn bread, be sure to bake it a few days in advance to give it some time to dry out.
- 1 pound andouille sausages, cut in half horizontally and then cut into half-moon shapes
- 1 (12-ounce) package breakfast-style bulk sausage
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
- salt and pepper
- 1 (12-ounce) bag dry corn bread stuffing mix
- 1½ cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
- Add all sausage to a large nonstick skillet and cook sausage over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, breaking up bulk sausage with a wooden spoon. Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage to a plate and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan with sausage grease and add onions, celery, and red peppers. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in green onions, hot sauce, thyme, and sage. Season with salt and pepper. Add sausage back to skillet and stir to combine.
- Transfer sausage mixture to a large bowl and stir in stuffing mix. Season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13×9-inch baking dish. Add enough broth to stuffing mix to moisten well (3/4 to 1½ cups). Transfer to baking dish and scatter butter pieces across top. Cover with foil (butter the side that will face down so the stuffing will not stick) and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 more minutes.
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Bon Appetit