Stuffing on the Thanksgiving table is a must and these Apple Sausage Stuffing Bites are a fun take on a traditional Thanksgiving recipe!
Thanksgiving stuffing can be a holiday lightning rod. We’ve seen family members almost come to blows over their personal stuffing preferences. Take our cofounder Catherine’s family, for example. When she met her future husband and they began merging Thanksgiving traditions, stuffing became a major debate. As their first holiday feast approached, Catherine helped plan the menu and it was apparent that her stuffing might make or break my future in-laws’ opinion of her. Catherine admits that was an insane thought, but she’s not the only person out there who has strapped on crazy pants while coming up with the family holiday menu.
Our kids are less discerning when it comes to stuffing. Cornbread or brioche, they will eat pretty much anything made with bread. This year, we’re starting our own tradition by making these Apple Sausage Stuffing Bites. They’re cute and personal-sized so everybody can have one for themselves. They combine traditional stuffing flavors like celery and onions with two kid favorites, pieces of sweet apple and chicken apple sausage. Because of these bites’ small size, they get golden crispy around the edges in the oven and are perfect for little hands to dip into warm gravy.
We know changing your stuffing can require a big leap of faith and might have the whole family up in arms, but once they taste how scrumptious these special holiday bites are, we bet they will be fighting over who gets the last one!
Apple Sausage Stuffing Bites
- 1/2 baguette cut into 1/2 inch cubes, about 4 cups
- 1-2 tbsp oil
- 2 sweet apple sausage links, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium apple, chopped (gala, fuji, or golden delicious)
- 1 small yellow onion, diced, about 1 cup
- 2 celery stalks, diced, about 3/4 cup
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Preheat oven to 300º F.
- Toast the bread cubes for 8-10 minutes to dry them out. Alternatively, you can use day old bread that is already dried out.
- Increase oven temperature to 350º F.
- Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add the sausage, apples, onions, and celery, and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until everything is heated through and the veggies are tender*. Allow to cool a few minutes before continuing.
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to thoroughly combine.
- Spoon the stuffing mixture into greased muffin tins, filling all the way to the top. Pat the mixture down to pack it well.
- Bake for 45 minutes.