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Stuffing Recipe

A homemade stuffing recipe made with brioche bread, savory sausage, and fresh herbs for a delicious stuffing recipe perfect for any holiday.

This stuffing recipe is made with brioche bread, savory sausage, and fresh herbs for tons of flavor. It is cooked in the oven and not in the turkey, so it may be considered “dressing” to some.

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The combination of rich brioche bread with fresh herbs, sausage, mushrooms, celery, and shallots gives an amazing flavor. Toasting the bread before baking gives crisp edges with a just soft enough center.

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What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Technically, stuffing is usually cooked or stuffed inside the turkey while it is cooking, whereas dressing is cooked in a casserole dish in the oven and not inside the turkey. This recipe is not cooked inside a turkey. If you choose to cook the stuffing inside the turkey, make sure it is cooked thoroughly and reaches a safe temperature.

Why make a homemade stuffing recipe?

It will taste so much better. It’s not that hard to make your stuffing instead of using a box mix. By using up any stale bread you may have around and cooking up a few vegetables with some herbs and sausage, you will have a homemade stuffing that will blow any box mix out of the water.

You can use any of your favorite kinds of bread or a combination of breads. I have tried many different kinds and combinations and like using brioche bread best for its rich texture and flavor. The key is toasting the bread cubes only for a few minutes which makes a huge difference in the texture of the stuffing.

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Homemade Stuffing Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of brioche bread
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage or pork sausage
  • 2 cups diced mushrooms
  • 3 large diced celery stalks
  • 1 large shallot finely diced
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 large eggs

How to make Homemade Stuffing

Begin by combining all of the spices in a small bowl, stir, and set aside.

Prepare the bread by slicing it tearing it into 1-inch chunks and spread onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the bread with a little bit of the spice mixture. Place the bread in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F., or until lightly toasted and golden.

In a large skillet begin to brown the sausage and cook until done according to package instructions. Once done, remove from the pan and drain any excess grease. (leave any grease in the pan)

Once the sausage is done and removed, add the shallots, celery, and mushrooms along with a tbsp of butter and about 1/2 of the remaining spice mixture to the skillet without wiping out the grease from the sausage. Saute the vegetables for about 5-7 minutes on medium/low heat until they are soft and caramelized. Once caramelized, add the sausage back to the pan and stir.

Once the bread is done toasting add it to the casserole dish and add the cooked vegetables and sausage for the pan in with the bread and give a good stir.

In a small bowl whisk 3 eggs with 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth and pour over the combined bread mixture, add the remaining herbs and stir well.

Place the casserole in the oven and bake at 375 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden and crispy and the enter is bubbly.

Can you make this stuffing ahead of time?

Yes, the best way to make this recipe ahead of time is to prepare the bread, saute the vegetables, sausage, and herbs, mix, and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to a day or two. When you are ready to cook the stuffing, place the stored mixture in the casserole dish, whisk the eggs and chicken broth stir into the mixture, and then bake as directed.

How to store leftover stuffing?

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2-3 days.

Can you freeze leftover stuffing?

You can freeze leftovers, although I have never tried it, they should keep airtight in a freezer frozen for a couple of months. When using thaw completely and reheat in the oven to help the bread toast back up.

Can you make this vegetarian stuffing Recipe?

Yes. Omit the sausage, add about an extra cup of mushrooms, and use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock. If you don’t want to use eggs, add either a 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1/2 cup butter, or 1/2 cup extra vegetable broth in place of the eggs.

If anyone out there knows a good vegan/vegetarian substitute for eggs drop a comment below.

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Stuffing Recipe

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A homemade stuffing recipe made with brioche bread, mushrooms, shallots, and sausage that's full of flavor and perfect for any holiday.
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes


  • 1 loaf brioche bread
  • 1 lb pork sausage breakfast sausage works well
  • 3 diced celery stalks
  • 2 cups diced mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 1 tsp parsely
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 TSP dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • In a small bowl, combine parsley, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Slice the brioche bread into 1-inch slices or rip into 1-inch pieces and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the spice mixture and place it in the oven at 350 degrees F. for 5-10 minutes to toast. Once done, remove from oven and set aside to let it cool.
  • In a medium skillet brown the sausage on medium/low heat until cooked through following packaging instructions. Once cooked, remove from the skillet and let cool on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess grease. (do not wipe skillet).
  • In the same skillet add a tbsp of butter and add shallots, celery, and mushrooms. Cook on medium/low heat until softened about 5-7 minutes. Once done add the cooked sausage back to the skillet, top with a little bit of the seasoning mixture, and stir.
  • In a small bowl add eggs and 1/2 cup chicken broth and whisk well.
  • Place toasted bread into the casserole dish, add the sausage, vegetables, and the remaining spices, pour the egg mixture over it, and stir it all well.
  • Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are crispy and the center is bubbly.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffing recipe
Servings: 8
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