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Simple Dressing With Sausage and Sage

Emeril Lagasse's Special Thanksgiving Recipe

Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril's special Thanksgiving recipes come just in time for the holidays.


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 stalks celery, small dice
  • 2 medium yellow onions, small dice
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 3 tablespoons sage leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 3/4 to 1 pound roasted chestnuts, peeled and roughly chopped, optional
  • 6 cups bread cubes (Tuscan bread with the crust removed), lightly toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey stock or chicken stock, or as needed to soften the bread
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-by-11-inch baking dish; set aside.

    In a large skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the celery and onions, cook until almost translucent. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the sausage, stirring frequently and browning on all sides, about 6 minutes. Stir in the sage, thyme, chestnuts (if desired) and cubed bread. Combine the stock and the heavy cream and season lightly with the salt and pepper. Add the liquid, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring gently to combine. You may need to add a bit more stock, depending on the bread that you use, to achieve the desired consistency.

    Arrange the stuffing in the baking dish. Cut the remaining butter into small pieces and place on top of the dressing. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. If the top gets too brown, cover with aluminum foil.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, courtesy Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Inc

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: sausage, sage, thyme, celery, onions, bread, cream

    Course: Side Dish

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