Can we talk about this Super Easy Crock Pot Stuffing? Or do you call it Crock Pot Dressing?
Either way, it’s a staple at any Thanksgiving meal. There are so many options out there, but it’s basically just crusty bread that is smothered in tasty seasonings then baked to perfection.
But wait – if your oven is pre-occupied with a large turkey, when will that stuffing make it’s way in there?
How to cook Crock Pot Stuffing:
I love this Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing recipe because it not only tastes amazing, but it frees up your oven and gives you the ability to spend your attention on more important matters – friends and family.
This Crockpot Stuffing has all the classics in there – celery, onion, mushrooms… but I added some sage sausage to give it just a little bit more of a smokey spice.
It all starts with the bread.
I used about 1 1/2 large french breads from the bakery section. I cut them into small cubes. It’s best if the bread is dried out. So leave the bread cubes out overnight, or toss them in the oven at a really low temperature (225* should work) for about an hour or so to dry them out.
Types of Bread to Use for Classic Stuffing Recipe:
- I love to use French Bread because it’s affordable and easy to find.
- Sour dough is a great alternative.
- In a pinch you can use sandwich bread, but make sure it’s plenty dried out.
- To make it even easier, you can use the pre-dried stuffing bread found during the holidays at most grocery stores.
Brown some sausage (do NOT use maple sausage). I find that just a regular ground sausage or a sage flavored ground sausage works best.
Sauté all the onion, celery and mushrooms in a large skillet.
Combine everything in a large bowl, then pour in the liquids and seasonings. Stir it all up and place it in your lightly greased crock pot.
Set it to Low and get to work on things like Homemade Rolls, or whip up a Pumpkin Mage Cake (it’s all the rage these days).
Sausage Stuffing Recipe made in the Slow Cooker
This stuffing is so easy to make and more importantly – super flavorful!
Even my husband, who is not a fan of stuffing, said this was the best stuffing he had ever tasted!
That’s a win in my book!
So if you’re looking to save room in the oven and still serve one mean side of stuffing this year, then give this super easy Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing recipe a try!
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Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing Recipe
- 12 oz ground sausage
- 8 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 cups diced onion
- 1 1/2 cups diced celery
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 12 cups cubed french bread, dried out and crusty
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp dry thyme
- 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 to 2 cups chicken broth or stock, depending on how moist you like your stuffing
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Return the skillet to the stove top, melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the onion, celery and mushrooms. Sauté until the veggies are softened, about 5 minutes.
- Place the crusty bread in a very large bowl and add the sausage, sautéed veggies, the seasonings, 1 cup of chicken broth, and the lightly beaten eggs. Stir to combine. If needed, add a little more chicken broth to moisten the stuffing to your liking. Keep in mind that the moisture will not reduce much in the crock pot since there will be a lid on it.
- Pour your stuffing mixture into a lightly greased (7 quart) crock pot. Cover and set to Low for 4 hours. When done, stir gently and serve. Enjoy!
What about browsing the sausage and sautéing the veggies the night before, then mixing in the morning and placing in the crock pot? Want to take to a pot luck at work and not have to wake up at 4 am!!!
Sounds yummy! Am I able to bake in the oven for about 30 minutes instead?!
If you wanted to bake in the oven, you’ll want to bake it until the stuffing is set. I’m not sure how long it would take though.
I was wondering if eggs can be omitted from the recipe? Thanks!
Hi Kathy, The eggs act as a binder for the stuffing. If you omitted them it would not bake together, but just be soggy bread. :/
I am thrilled to get this recipe, sausage stuffing is the only kind I ever make on thanksgving. I compared it to how I make it and I see some ingredients I do not use that I know will make it even better, I also like the idea of the crockpot.
Made this for the first time last year….and I had requests to make it again this year!! Its the best!!
I made crockpot stuffing last year and can’t find the recipe I used. I found your recipe and seems close to what I made. I am trying this today and hope it turns out well! My family loved the one I made last year. So easy and gives me more room in the oven! I will be using regular sausage and seasoned bread crumbs and minus the mushrooms…I am the only one who likes them! A hint that I have seen online….cover the crockpot with a dish towel and then put the lid on. Keeps the stuffing from getting soggy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Thanks for the tip Tehani! I hope you enjoy this stuffing! 🙂
Hello! I am really looking forward to making this for Thanksgiving this year (and relieving my mother of ALL the meal items)! However, “dinner” will be served between 2-3pm and I have a Turkey Trot race and will not be back to my home until 11:30am (not leaving.me 4 hours to cook on low). Should I just turn the crock pot on high, or partially cook on low the day before and finish on low for 2 more hours day of, or fully cook and warm on Tday?? HELP!
Hi Lo, I would just cook it on HIGH for the two hours that you have to work with. Hope that helps! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
Thanks for sharing such a great recipe and beautiful photo! I loved featuring it in my Slow Cooker Sides roundup (http://holleygrainger.com/slow-cooker-side-dish-recipes/). This is definitely a recipe I will be trying soon!
Making this recipe for the second time in 3 days! Really easy and delicious~!
My whole family loved this stuffing!! It was so simple and so delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Loved that you just put it in the crockpot and forget about it. Thank you so much!!
Thanks Monica! I’m so happy your family loved it! 🙂 Happy Holidays!
THIS was wonderful! If you are concerned about making a change to your holiday stuffing, DON’T BE!! Your family will LOVE this! I used premade Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix (one cornbread and one seasoned), 1 large breakfast sausage and 1 large sage breakfast sausage. It was amazing and I had the oven space i needed for the rest of the meal! THANK YOU! I will never make stuffing in the oven again!
Thank you Jennifer! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and your modifications of the recipe sound wonderful!! 🙂
I must try this!
Mallory @ Total Noms
I love this! anything to make T-day prep a little easier. I might try broiling the cooked stuffing to get a little crisp on it, too. I love all of the flavors here!