Elegant Turkey Stuffing


The distinctiveness of this fancy turkey dressing comes from the orange-flavored liqueur, spicy Italian sausage, apples, and pecans. It's also very easy to prepare. This recipe makes enough to stuff one 18- to 20-pound bird. If you prefer, this dressing can be made with thyme instead of sage.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
14 cups


  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 ½ cups orange liqueur

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed

  • 1 (16 ounce) package herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and chopped

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh sage

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place raisins in a small saucepan and cover with 1 cup of liqueur. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Sauté celery and onion in butter for 10 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  3. In the same skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until crumbled and evenly brown. Drain.

  4. Combine sausage and stuffing mix with celery and onion mixture. Stir in raisins and liqueur, pecans, and apples. Mix in melted butter, chicken broth, 1/2 cup orange liqueur until stuffing is completely moistened. Season with sage, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
15g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 203mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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