This Pickford stuffing is the most amazing sausage stuffing recipe you will ever make! It’s so good we make it at Thanksgiving, Easter and year round with dinner!
This. Is. Amazing! Every holiday when we’re thinking of what we’re going to make we think of this Pickford stuffing. We first had it about 10 years ago when I had just given birth to my second daughter a few days before Thanksgiving and my neighbor brought dinner over to us. (originally published 2/17)
We were bummed we couldn’t make it to the big feast with our family but was surprised when on our doorstep arrived 2 plates filled with turkey, sweet potatoes, and this incredible stuffing. We were so happy!
- If you are preparing your turkey this year but want to make the best Thanksgiving turkey stuffing recipe, here it is!
- I’m telling you, after we ate this we just couldn’t stop talking about “that stuffing”. We still do ’til this day.
- Now when any holiday is around the corner I think back on that amazing stuffing and just had to find out what was in it. I finally asked my friend to share “the secret” with me. If you’re looking for the best Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, this is it!
Ok so it definitely comes along with great memories for me as I flash back to the days when my now 10 year old was an itty bitty thing, but making it again reminds me of just how good it really was (and is).
- Packed with LOTS of flavor it could almost be a meal in itself, but also perfect along side turkey during Thanksgiving or at Easter time too.
Ok, so really you could make this year round it’s so good, like I did here with my dutch oven whole chicken recipe.
It’s really easy to throw together too.
The key to making the best stuffing:
- Do not make it the day before, it must be fresh
- Use a good base (bagged stuffing) that is already seasoned, this Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing is the ONLY type we use to make this Pickford stuffing
- Load it up with (diced) vegetables you love, and onions
- Add some meat to your stuffing, if you’ve never done it you’ll love the addition – we always use a roll of spicy ground sausage (must be spicy in our opinion for the BEST stuffing ever)
- Make it separately, not inside the bird
- if you just must have some inside go for it, but cook the majority of your stuffing on the stovetop as I show in the video I’ve included in this post
- Season after you’re done
- The dry herb stuffing mix suggested here + the spicy sausage gives it a TREMENDOUS amount of flavor. Therefore, I usually don’t add any seasonings. If you normally do wait until it is done. Taste it and then decide whether you want more so you don’t over-season it.
Of course you first need to decide how to cook a turkey this year. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without that.
You might want to try something new there too so here are a few suggestions. Note: we never stuff the turkey cavity, it’s better cooked separately in our opinion.
- A pressure cooker turkey saves room in your oven.
- Smoked turkey is our very favorite method.
- Or if you want to cook the whole bird in an hour, try our sheet pan turkey!
- During the week you could just make sheet pan chicken thighs
This is what you need and how to make Pickford stuffing
- Mushrooms -baby bellas are best
- Sausage – Jimmy Dean (spicy is best)
- Italian sausage can be used if you can’t find the above
- Chicken broth
- What is the best boxed stuffing? – You MUST use this Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing for it to be out of this world. Do NOT substitute for a cheaper brand.
When I asked my friend Valerie if I could share this recipe she said “yes if you call it the Pickford Stuffing”. Why? Because that’s where this recipe came from. Pickford was the last name on her Mother’s side. The best recipes are always passed down from our Grandmas or Moms right. 😉
Now that “the secret” is out I can make it at every holiday from now on and remember those days at home with my newborn. The sweet neighbor who thought of us on that holiday I’m still friends with, and now I can pass it on to my kids to make when they’re older too.
Looking for other stuffing recipes cooked using other methods?
- Instant Pot stuffing uses onions, celery and other goodies. Bread stuffing or dressing in your pressure cooker is very possible!
- Bundt pan stuffing uses french bread or dry bread with fresh herbs
- Slow cooker stuffing is a savory stuffing that can be made into apple stuffing with some diced fruit
- Cornbread stuffing isn’t something we normally make, but a great addition to Thanksgiving table for some variety
- Gluten free stuffing may be needed too depending on your company.
Looking for more great Thanksgiving side dishes?
Can I make stuffing the day before?
Because it uses vegetables in it, and broth, your stuffing will have a very wet texture if you prepare it beforehand. BUT if you are okay with that it is perfectly fine to make ahead of time and refrigerate for the big day. Keep in mind though that stuffing with raw eggs should not be stuffed inside the turkey, and should be made fresh.
We have a bunch of Thanksgiving sides to share. These are our favorites and can’t be forgotten on that special day with family!
- Cream corn casserole recipe is a MUST I tell you!! If it’s something you’ve never tried I guarantee it will fly off the table and your guests will ask for the recipe.
- Instant Pot corn casserole recipe and Instant Pot green bean casserole save room in your oven if you have a lot cooking!
- This is the best green bean recipe as far as we are concerned. If you need vegetables that are baked and healthier than others this is a great choice.
- Here are a bunch of leftover turkey meat recipes too for the next day/week
Can homemade stuffing be frozen?
I would just refrigerate your leftovers in an airtight container or freezer bag. Reheat in a pan on low heat or in the microwave for 45 seconds or so.
Here’s the printable recipe for the best sausage stuffing on your stovetop!
- 1/4 c butter
- 1 1/2 c celery chopped
- 1 1/2 c yellow onion diced
- 1 1/2 c baby bella mushrooms cut into 4ths
- 1 pkg. sausage Jimmy Dean regular or hot, 16 oz.
- 2 1/2 c chicken broth may need extra 1/4 c. at end depending on how moist you like it
- 1 pkg herb stuffing Pepperidge Farm , don't substitute for any other brand or style, 14 oz.
- Cook your sausage in a pan and set aside.
- In a large pot melt your butter. Add onions and celery, cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly softened.
- Add mushrooms, cook for another 2 or so minutes.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Add cooked sausage and stir. Bring to a slight boil again and then add bag of stuffing, turn heat off and stir together to fluff.
- If you want it a bit moister add more chicken broth, usually only another 1/4 c. is necessary. Let it rest for about 5 minutes and serve!
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