Sausage and Apple Dressing

Yield: 6-8 Servings

8 Cups Cubed Day Old Bread

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Tellicherry Peppercorns

1 Lb. Pork Sausage

1 ½ Stick Unsalted Butter

2 Large Granny Smith Apples, Peeled and Diced

1 Sweet Onion, Diced

3 Stalks Celery, Sliced

1 Tablespoon Sweet Onion Sugar

1Tablespoon Vermont Woods Seasoning  or

                               Fowlers Poultry Seasoning

3-4 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock

Most everyone has a dependable recipe for stuffing that they use once or maybe twice a year. Many of us have inherited those recipes from our mothers, which is how this version of stuffing came to be. We inherited our recipe years ago, but over time began to ‘tweak’ it so we could use some of the produce from our own garden, and add our own special touch to the seasonings. This recipe is the result. It has taken years to get it to what we feel is the point of perfection, but now that we have, we think it is a guaranteed ‘no fail’ dish. But one warning, once you try this one, you won’t want to save it for Thanksgiving any more. You’ll want to serve it throughout the colder months as a side dish for pork or chicken.   


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place bread cubes in an extra-large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss, and set aside. 


Brown sausage in large sauté pan placed over medium high heat. Once browned, remove from pan and set aside. Melt 1 stick of butter in same pan. Add diced apples, celery, and onion and sauté until vegetables are transparent. Add sausage, sautéed apple mix, and 1 tablespoon seasoning blend to the bowl with the bread. Using your hands, toss mixture together.


Melt remaining butter in the sauté pan placed over low heat. Add stock and stir together until well combined. Pour over bread mixture, gently toss again, and taste for seasonings. If you desire a more pronounced ‘Homestead’ flavor, add more seasoning blend, 1 teaspoon at a time until you have reached the desired taste. Test once more, and add salt and pepper as needed.


Grease bottom and sides of a lasagna pan or 9”x13” casserole with butter. Place stuffing in prepared pan, cover with aluminum foil, and bake on center rack in oven for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until top is golden brown and slightly toasted.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
Click on images below to learn more about seasonings in this recipe
Vanilla Bean
Sea Salt

Sweet, yet salty, our Vanilla

Bean Sea Salt makes a rich and

flavorful addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Try a little on chicken, vegetables, or salads. Use it as a finishing salt to create an extra layer of flavor in breads, pastries – even cocktails!

Vanilla Bean Salt from MorningStar Kitchen

Vermont Woods



With its earthy undertones and

subtle sweetness, your guests

will be delighted by the dishes you

prepare with this unique seasoning. Use it on meats, vegetables, and eggs - and in soups and sauces that are sure to please! 


Vermont Woods Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen

Fowlers Poultry



Savory, with a hint of pepper,

this blend is a must-have for every

Home Chef who desires to create

poultry recipes that are comforting and flavorful at the same time. Use in rubs and marinade, soups, stews, gravies, stuffing, and more.

Fowlers Poultry Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
No Home Chef's kitchen is
complete without Tellicherry
peppercorns, which are
consideredthe finest pepper in the world. Left on the vine longer than other black peppercorns, these berries are given time to develop their complex, robust flavor to develop more fully.
Tellicherry Peppercorn from MorningStar Kitchen
Sweet Onion Sugar
Sugar isn't just for coffee and
 cookies anymore! Use this one
before grilling to add a hint of
caramelized onion to chicken, shrimp,
pork, and vegetables. Or for a savory finishing touch, sprinkle some before baking on top of breads, scones and muffins. 
Sweet Onion Sugar from MoringStar Kitchen
At MorningStar Kitchen we often create recipes using  artisanal breads as side dishes, replacing the old standbys like rice, pasta, or potatoes.
If you'd like to create a wonderful side dish like this, check out some of our recipes, starting with
our recipe for 
Savory Bread Pudding
Savory Bread Pudding Recipe by MoringStar Kitchen