Rustic Sausage, Herb and Ciabatta Bread Stuffing

I can’t believe how many replies I’ve already had today from my Instagram stories making this recipe! Seeing all of my amazing friends so pumped about this recipe makes my heart so happy!

What have you all said you love most from watching?

  1. The steps are simple
  2. Minimal ingredients
  3. SUPER quick prep and cook time
  4. You can totally make this ahead of time and heat up on Thanksgiving day
  5. CLEAN INGREDIENTS!

Number 5 is actually my favorite reason now that I have become so aware about all of the junk that goes into prepackaged foods! Although I wish i could say that is the reason I created this recipe, I can’t lie to y’all! The truth is- I had a 3 year old and a 4 month old, and was hosting my very first Thanksgiving. I wanted the holiday to measure up to the expectations I had in my head. Well, I’m sure you can only imagine how that went- lol! There I was, Thanksgiving day with almost everything done when I realized that I had forgotten the stuffing! WHO FORGETS THE STUFFING?! It’s a Thanksgiving staple (insert face palm emoji here).

I figured I’d take my chances and whip some up myself. Luckily we had pasta a night or two before and I had a loaf of ciabatta bread on the counter. I had the carrots already from the glazed carrots I made and I had celery, onion garlic already on hand! Also, thanks to buying food in bulk, I had chicken stock in the pantry! I was GOOD TO GO, y’all! The herbs I used were what was left from the “Poultry Pack” of herbs that I used to stuff the turkey.

I whipped it up so quickly and it finished about the same time as the turkey did- my last minute stuffing ended up being starting just in time! The smells in the kitchen were only heightened as the stuffing turned a beautiful golden brown and it looks so beautiful. Something about rustic dishes- to me, they totally steal the show!

After we sat down to eat, my dad declared that it was the best stuffing he had ever eaten. Queue the happy tears.

So, this season, I am so excited to bring the flavors of our favorite stuffing to your Thanksgiving table to share with your loved ones. A stuffing to be prepared with little hands helping by your side and memories being made around the table!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rustic Sausage, Herb and Ciabatta Bread Stuffing

Rustic Sausage, Herb and Ciabatta Bread Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Large Carrots
  • 1 Bunch of Celery
  • 3 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • 1/2 Package of Baby Bella Mushrooms, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Thyme
  • 3 Tablespoons of Chopped Sage
  • 1lb Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 Loaf of Ciabatta Bread, Cut into 1 Inch Cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Stock/Broth
  • Salt + Pepper to Taste (I use pink salt and a pepper grinder)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and coarsely chop all veggies, mince garlic, cube ciabatta
  2. In a large pan or dutch oven brown the sausage, once sausage is browned, transfer to a large bowl
  3. using the remaining dripping from the sausage, melt the butter and add the onion and garlic. Once they are translucent, toss in carrot and celery and cook until they are somewhat soft as well. then add the mushroom and herbs and pour all ingredients into the bowl with the sausage.
  4. Add the cubed ciabatta and pour the chicken stock over the bowl and gently toss. I like to use my hands for this step.
  5. Pour into a baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
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