This Slow Cooker Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing knocks the socks off anything you’d buy from a box at the grocery store, yet is just as easy to prepare. Cornbread, sausage, celery, onion and sage are stirred together are the stars of this Thanksgiving staple that’s cooked in your slow cooker to free up valuable oven real estate.
If there’s one thing that’s a premium while preparing a holiday meal, it’s insuring you have enough oven space to fit in the multitude of main dishes and sides. I learned a few years ago that it makes my day easier – and much more enjoyable! – if I find alternate cooking methods for a few sides so that oven real estate doesn’t become an issue.
Dishes that can be made ahead? Count me in! Making sides in a slow cooker? I’m game! Case in point? This Slow Cooker Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing. Not only is the cornbread made the day before, but the remaining ingredients are simply added to the slow cooker and stuffing emerges a few hours later. The whole process couldn’t be easier and it definitely puts my mind at ease and allows me to focus on other tasks. You know, like basting a 20 pound turkey every 30 minutes throughout the day.
My Simple Sweet Cornbread is the base of this hearty Thanksgiving staple. Sausage, onion, celery and sage act as co-stars as everything is stirred together before taking a two hour sauna in the slow cooker. The end result is a stuffing that knocks the socks off anything you’d buy from a box at the grocery store, yet is just as easy.
- 1 recipe Simple Sweet Cornbread, prepared
- 1 pound pork sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh sage
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Prepare cornbread a day ahead and allow to sit, uncovered at room temperature.
- Cut cornbread into approximately 1" cubes and add to 6 quart slow cooker.
- In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring often until browned and cooked through. Pour over cornbread.
- Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and gently stir to combine as to not completely break up all of the cornbread cubes.
- Cook on HIGH for 2 hours.
Looking for a great slow cooker? I’m in love with this one from Cuisinart that I used for this recipe. Not only is in nonstick which makes clean-up incredibly easy, it also browns and sautes which means you can brown the sausage directly in the slow cooker. No skillet or stove top required!
Do yourself a favor and ease your stress level of preparing your holiday meal by adding my Slow Cooker Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing to your menu. Not hosting the big meal? Volunteer to bring this side and be a hero for the one manning the kitchen!
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