Thanksgiving Dressing is the Queen of all sides. It's savory, comforting, and packed with extras like onions, sausage and mushrooms.
What's Special About This Recipe?
During the holidays, the dish my family anticipates most is Thanksgiving Dressing. I don't fix it any other time of year, so it's exclusive to turkey day. This makes it a special recipe reserved just for family and friends.
And now, you can make it too!
Over the past few years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. I love how everyone gathers around the table and shares stories, food, and laughter.
Thanksgiving is slower, more mellow, and definitely less stressful than other get-togethers. The focus is on fellowship...which I am eternally grateful to have with my family.
How to Make Thanksgiving Dressing
Like all good southerners, I bake Easy Southern Cornbread ahead of time so it will be ready to crumble into the mix. Once the aroma starts spreading throughout the house, everybody knows what's coming next.
To begin making the dressing, brown a pound of mild sausage in a cast iron skillet for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle a little poultry seasoning over the sausage while cooking.
When there's no pink left in the sausage, remove crumbles and place in a large pan. Reserve the drippings and add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet.
Add celery, onion, and chopped mushrooms to the skillet. (We love mushrooms, but not everyone does, so feel free to leave them out if you wish.) Sauté veggies until tender, then pour into the pan with sausage.
How Much Liquid Should I Add?
Bring chicken broth to a boil and pour over entire contents in the pan. The dressing should be moist, but not soaking in liquid, so pour and stir as you go...making sure to stop when it's just right. I usually need about 4 cups, but sometimes it takes a little less.
The best way to mix everything at this point is to get in there with your hands! Once it's fully incorporated, beat two eggs and mix it into the dressing. Spoon the entire contents into a large serving dish and add pats of butter to the top.
How Long Should I Bake It?
Bake dressing at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown and crunchy on top. Feel free to leave out any veggie or meat you don't like, but this version is definitely our family's favorite.
If you have any leftovers, be sure to try my Leftover Turkey Bake. I like it even better than the sides on turkey day.
Looking for an old-fashioned Southern Cornbread Biscuit Dressing? Try this recipe if you want to make it just like Granny does!
If you're looking for the best sides in one place, visit 15 Best Holiday Sides for a collection of delicious holiday recipes.
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!
Sides to Serve on Thanksgiving
- Creamed Corn with Bacon
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- The Best Squash Casserole
- Cranberry Pecan Salad
- Taylor's Collard Greens
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts
- Broccoli Cheese Casserole
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