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Thanksgiving Sausage Dressing with Pears

  • Author: Jessie
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 1x


Sausage Dressing with Pears is hands down my favorite Thanksgiving side dish for 5 years and counting! You’ll never make another recipe after this one.


  • 1 large loaf day-old sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 12 cups)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (affiliate), cut into pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped (about 3 c)
  • 2 small leeks, trimmed, thinly sliced into half-moons, and rinsed well (about 3 cups)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 firm-ripe pears, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth (affiliate)


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spread bread cubes around baking sheets and bake until dried out.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage in 2 tablespoons butter. Break it up into small pieces and brown.
  • Remove the sausage from the pot, drain off most of the fat, and melt the remaining butter. Cook onions, celery, and leeks until soft and translucent. Add salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the pears and herbs, add back the sausage. Add ½ cup chicken broth and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add in the bread cubes and stir in the remaining chicken broth until the desired texture is reached.
  • Heat oven to 425. Grease a 9×13 deep casserole dish with butter and add the stuffing. Place pats of butter on the top. Bake for 30-45 minutes until the edges are crispy.


**Recipe slightly adapted from WITH A PLUM

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  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins