Thanksgiving menus can be tedious and sometimes you want dishes that just jump off the table with flavor. This Chinese Sausage Stuffing is a cure-all for those humdrum, Thanksgiving recipe blues.
Chinese Sausage Stuffing Recipe is a unique blend of sweet and savory making it the perfect holiday side dish for any turkey recipe.
One of my strongest childhood memories is from Thanksgiving are two giant, lime green Corningware casseroles. My mother’s workhorses, these were used to make two heaping helpings of her giblet and non-giblet stuffing.
My dirty little secret is that I didn’t care for stuffing at all. Yes, it’s true, I grew up not liking stuffing. I just couldn’t and wouldn’t wrap my brain around it.
Fast forward and I am now hosting my own Thanksgiving dinners. I am still on the fence about stuffing. That said, I know my guests love it as it is such an iconic part of the traditional spread so I needed to find a recipe that I liked.
Okay, so where did this Chinese Sausage Stuffing come from? I needed a star ingredient and it came from an unlikely place. This dish was inspired by my husband’s recent obsession with Chinese sausage.
He grilled it one night for the two of us and the wheels started turning. I knew it would be the perfect addition to a stuffing; a sweet counterpoint and a savory standout. My Chinese Sausage Stuffing was born.
Chinese Sausage has an arresting red color and you can find it packaged two ways, fresh at the gourmet grocery store or dehydrated at the Asian market. It can also look something like jerky, but it is always a vibrant red color.
Thanks to a blend of sugar mixed with Asian spices, it has a sweet, meaty flavor. It is uniquely delicious and really versatile in the kitchen. Think recipes like used in pork fried rice, dim sum dishes, stir-fry recipes, and more.
What makes this stuffing so great aside from the taste, is the textures. The top of my Chinese Sausage Stuffing is crispy while the base is a bit more tender and moist. This means all camps at my table are happy.
Try some of my other standout Thanksgiving dishes:
- Juicy Roast Turkey
- Wild Rice Pilaf
- Quick Apple Cake with Salted Caramel
- How to Brine a Turkey
- Parmesan Yellow Squash
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Chinese Sausage Dressing
- 1 loaf white bread cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 cups Chinese sausage cooked and chopped, see notes
- 2 small yellow onions chopped
- 1 cup celery thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder*
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 ground black pepper
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, turn and bake until brown and crispy, approximately 3-4 more minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine Chinese sausage through black pepper. Add dried bread and toss to combine. Pour vegetable stock over mixture. Bread should be slightly moist. If it isn’t, add an additional 1/2 cup vegetable stock.
- Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, spread evenly into the dish.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until top is crispy. Enjoy your Chinese Sausage Stuffing!
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know!