Easy Sausage Egg Casserole

Easy Sausage Egg Casserole is a family favorite breakfast! This make-ahead egg recipe with ooey gooey Borden® Cheese Shreds and sausage is perfect for your holiday breakfast spread! Sponsored by Borden® Cheese Mom’s Easy Sausage Egg Casserole Growing up, I called this recipe my Mom’s sausage, egg and cheese casserole.  I’ve enjoyed this Easy Sausage […]

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Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Last updated on November 5th, 2018 at 05:48 pm

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious southern Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

 

Easy Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, it’s all delicious! I made up a new recipe for Sausage Apple Cornbread Dressing to try this Thanksgiving and it turned out so amazing! This dressing recipe is a fun twist on southern cornbread dressing.

I’m very picky about cornbread dressing since it’s both my husband and mine’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish. I’m happy to share this dressing (or stuffing) recipe with you because it turned out to be so tasty! I will be making it a lot more often for an everyday dinner, not just on special holiday dinners.

Originally published November 25, 2013

This cornbread dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or dinner recipe! Apples and sausage gives you sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

A Twist on Cornbread Dressing

I have seen savory recipes that called for apples, but never eaten them in my cornbread dressing, so it was the perfect reason to do some test cooking before the big day.

This dressing recipe is not all cornbread. I mixed in some sour dough bread and used spicy turkey sausage, but you could use any kind of sausage you like. My son said I need to use “real” sausage next time. So I will do as he says. Ha! Personally, I thought the turkey sausage was fantastic and like that it has a lot less fat than regular pork sausage.

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Adding something sweet to your savory dressing is perfect!

For the sweet to my savory dish, I used a small amount of apples cooked in white wine. The wine cooked apples gave the apples a nice tart and tangy sweet flavoring which complimented the spicy sausage.

When you’re done, this easy cornbread dressing is ready to be eaten right out of the oven. It goes perfect with your left over white wine!

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Try this Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing for dinner sometime. It’s crunchy, sweet and savory all rolled into one dish… delicious!

More Thanksgiving Recipes to try:

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

 

Do you call it dressing or stuffing?

We had a fun conversation about this on my Facebook page! Come see what people said. I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, let me know if you liked it in the comments below.

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors in one bite.

Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

This Southern Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

  • 4 links spicy Italian turkeysausage
  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 loaf sour dough bread, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled a chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix cornbread, milk and eggs and bake according to the package.
  3. Cook sausage in a skillet. Remove from pan and slice.
  4. Remove cornbread from oven and cut into small squares and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. Cut sour dough bread into cubes and arrange on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake bread for 8 minutes or until toasted.
  7. Reduce oven to 350 degrees
  8. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add celery, onions, apples and brown sugar. Cook for 2-3 minutes until brown.
  10. Add wine and cook 2-3 more minutes.
  11. Add thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Stir until fully heated.
  12. Add bread and sausage to a large bowl and pour the skillet mixture over it all.
  13. Gently toss and add more broth if it seems too dry.
  14. Transfer your dressing mix into a baking dish.
  15. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the top is crispy.

To skip toasting the bread, you can bake and cube your bread the night before, then leave it out to dry.

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Recipe is a mixture from a 2004 Cooking Light Magazine recipe and my family recipe.

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Spicy Garlic Sausage Sliders

We now take a break from my typical fiesta of baked goods and chocolate to bring you, what my husband admiringly declared, “DUDE FOOD.”

Yes, these Spicy Garlic Sausage Sliders are going to be the hero of my big game buffet come this Sunday, but don’t for one second think that my lady-like tastebuds weren’t SIIIINGING when I tasted this:

These sausage sliders are a piece of cake to prep in advance and then warm up in oven when you’re ready to serve. I like things to be easy—and super tasty—so building this recipe around Johnsonville Bratwurst Sausages brought a ton of flavor so that I could add some of our other favorite flavor categories. 

Flavor categories such as…cheesy, garlicy, and juuuuust spicy enough.

Need more big game recipe inspiration using your favorite Johnsonville sausage? Then check out Johnsonville’s new online reality show, The Sausage Dome — a fun cooking competition where sausage loving social celebs and enthusiasts present their sausage-based Big Game recipes to a panel of six Johnsonville employee members called The Sausage Six.

Now…are you ready to see how to create a sausage slider that will bring your big game party guests to their feet (cheering and praising your kitchen ninja skills?)

Let’s do this…

SPICY GARLIC SAUSAGE SLIDERS

Meet your team…

Now, you can use any dinner roll, but I can’t peer pressure you enough into getting your hands on some pretzel rolls. They crisp up so wonderfully in the oven and are chewy and sturdy enough to handle the flavor fiesta that’s coming for you…

Johnsonville Brats Original Bratwurst. RUN DO NOT WALK. You can grill these or cook them in a frying pan. I was pretty set on grilling, but then I stepped outside into the Utah winter and thought. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.

While you’re cooking your brats, you can also sauté your peppers in a separate frying pan. 

When they are soft and sweet, set them aside. 

Grab a pyrex baking dish and set to work slicing your pretzel buns and slathering them with spicy mustard. We used a horseradish variety and think my husband may have finished off the jar with a spoon. 

 Assemble the sliders as follows, from the bottom up:
-mustard
-sliced sausage (2-3 slices per slider)
-sauted peppers
-swiss cheese
-top bun

 Prepare butter sauce by melting butter and combining with crushed garlic and red pepper flakes. Once you’ve assembled all of the sandwiches, give that butter sauce one last stir and pour it over each sandwich. Try not to drool on the sandwiches…

Place in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the butter sauce is nice and bubbly. LIKE THIS. (Warning: your kitchen will smell like buttery garlicy HEAVEN.)

Serve and enjoy! 

 

SPICY GARLIC SAUSAGE SLIDERS
*Makes six slider sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • Johnsonville Brats Original Bratwurst 
  • Pretzel Buns (or dinner rolls)
  • Swiss Cheese (one slice per slider)
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Butter – 5 Tablespoons
  • Crushed Garlic – 2 teaspoons
  • Red Pepper Flakes – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt + Pepper – to taste
  • Oil – 1-2 Tablespoons (I used avocado oil)

Directions:

  1. Cook Johnsonville Brats according to package directions (either on the grill or in a frying pan) and set aside. Once cool to the touch, slice diagonally to get 4-5 slice per brat.
  2. Slice and sauté bell peppers in oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Prepare butter sauce by melting butter and combining with crushed garlic and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  4. Slice buns and place in a 9×13 pyrex baking dish.
  5. Assemble the sliders as follows, from the bottom up:
    -mustard
    -sliced sausage (2-3 slices per slider)
    -sautéed peppers
    -swiss cheese
    -top bun
    (If you’re making these ahead, stop here and cover the sliders, and refrigerate.)
  6. Once you’ve assembled all of the sandwiches, give that butter sauce one last stir and pour it over each sandwich.
  7. Place in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes (15 if refrigerated) until the cheese is melted and the butter sauce is nice and bubbly.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Breakfast is my favorite meal to cook. I love nothing more than filling the bellies of the people I love before they start their day. Kids breakfast ideas can be tricky though.

I want to give them something nutritional, filling, and I need to do it efficiently. School mornings are “crazy bananas” as my sons says.

The last thing I want is a hangry kiddo throwing down in class at 10 in the morning because their breakfast didn’t do the job. When school started last year, my lazy summer mornings came back to bite me. These kids didn’t want to hear that mom wasn’t going to whip up the daily smorgasbord of french toast, chocolate chip waffles, or breakfast burritos that they’d become accustomed to.

So I came up with “Fun Friday.”

Fun Friday is THE day that I surprise them with something extra fun on their breakfast plate. It’s always a surprise. It’s always kid-friendly food. And it’s the glorious meal that I remind them of when I’m dishing up a hearty bowl of steel-cut oats on a Tuesday morning.

But here’s the logistical hiccup for me…IT’S STILL A FREAKING SCHOOL DAY.

I’ve still got to get it on the plate quickly.

There’s no getting around brushing teeth, combing hair, and wearing actual clothes. (“No. You can’t wear your Darth Vader costume to school. Yes, I’m sure.”)

PRO TIP: Fun Friday Breakfast is often made fun by a.) naming the item something fun and/or unique b.) presenting the food in a surprising way.

So, I give you…PANCAKE SAUSAGE STACKS!

You’ll need…
Pancake Sausage Stacks
Pancake mix and the key to making your breakfast dreams come true — Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage Patties! (And butter and maple syrup.)

Then, all you have to do is whip up a bunch of silver dollar pancakes and warm up those fully cooked sausages in the microwave (40 seconds, cooks up like a dream!)
Pancake Sausage Stacks

Assemble your stacks! Pancake, sausage, pancake, sausage, pancake.
Pancake Sausage Stacks

Slather in butter and maple syrup.
Pancake Sausage Stacks

YUM…
Pancake Sausage Stacks

Don’t believe in the power of Pancake Sausage Stacks?

Here they are. Regular old morning…one is finishing up homework, the other is fully committed to his Hot Wheels.
Pancake Sausage Stacks

I made them close their eyes. I do this every Friday. Then I revealed their breakfast.
Pancake Sausage Stacks

Fun Friday, indeed.

INGREDIENTS

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare pancakes on the griddle or frying pan, taking care to keep your pancakes about 2 inches in diameter. (Silver dollar style.)
  • Prepare breakfast sausage according to package directions. (40 second in microwave.)
  • Assemble stacks, alternating pancakes and sausage, starting and ending with pancakes.*
  • Butter and bathe in maple syrup.

*These stacks are sturdy enough to use 3 sausage patties, depending on the appetite of your kiddo…or adult. Fun Friday is for everyone.

One thing I really loved about these Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage was that the package was resealable! Breakfast meats are usually a high-commitment ingredient—more time intensive and more messy than I like to tackle on a weekday. I’m so happy to have a delicious protein source that I can quickly add to our plates any day of the week. I’m also a big fan of the turkey variety…and my kiddos can’t tell the difference.

Come over! I’ll make you breakfast…the more the merrier.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

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