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Apple, Sausage, Bacon, and Mushroom Stuffing

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This old-fashioned holiday stuffing has it all! I have perfected it over my 21 years of marriage, and it can't be beat!

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  • Calories:
  • 305 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.8g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 12.5 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 883 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large baking dish.
  2. Place the beef, sausage, and bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix in the onion, celery, and mushrooms. Season with parsley, sage, and thyme. Cook and stir until meats are evenly browned. Mix in apples and water chestnuts, and continue cooking 5 minutes. Drain grease.
  3. Mix butter, broth, soup, and applesauce into skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the bread cubes until evenly moist. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake covered 45 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
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I was SO excited to try a new dressing recipe and chose this one. We were all very disappointed. None of us LOVE bacon and the bacon flavor is overwhelming. If you LOVE bacon, go for it!


Haven't made this recipe but it sounds a lot like the one I make. Instead of the cream of chicken soup - I use cream of mushroom soup. Instead of the bread cubes I buy a packaged unseasoned stuffing mix and use the seasoning packet sparingly (I believe the spices are similar to yours). Also,for the meat portion I use Hawaiian Portuguese Sausage and add golden raisins. Instead of the applesauce I dice Fuji apples. A retired firefighter gave me this recipe a long time ago - I have never made any other stuffing and am always asked to make more!

mom of two

I am not a stuffing fan, but when I found this recipe I thought it was worth a shot. I, along with my entire family LOVE this stuffing. It is so full of flavor. It could be a meal in itself. My kids even like this. HINT: I used a 14 oz bag of dry bread cubes, once with plain and once with seasoned and BOTH were great.