This dressing recipe is the perfect one to use when planning your Thanksgiving meal or any meal! Soft sourdough bread is flavored with sausage, sage, onions, and toasted nuts. An incredibly flavorful side dish and the perfect amount if you’re cooking for one or two.
Here we are on Day 3 of our Thanksgiving For One series and today I’m sharing a single serving version of the sausage dressing I make every year for my family’s Thanksgiving table.
My sausage dressing is requested year after year by everyone in our family and it’s easy to see why.
This simple, from scratch recipe can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it. The dressing cooks quickly so you can pop it in the oven while your turkey is finishing.
If you’re planning a Thanksgiving feast on a smaller scale, this sausage dressing will be the perfect addition to your table.
Next to the turkey, dressing is often the side dish most people look forward to.
I like to think of dressing/stuffing as a savory bread pudding and it’s my favorite part of the meal.
What Is The Difference Between Dressing And Stuffing?
Many times both words are used interchangeably. However, technically dressing is the wonderful bready casserole that cooks separately from the turkey. Stuffing is cooked inside the turkey.
What Ingredients Are In Sausage Dressing?
Scroll down to the recipe box for the ingredient amounts and complete recipe instructions.
For this single serving sausage dressing recipe, you will need:
- chopped onions
- sage leaves
- olive oil
- Italian sausage
- toasted pine nuts *See notes in recipe box
- chicken broth
- heavy cream
- cubed sourdough bread
How To Make Sausage Dressing
Full recipe instructions in the recipe box.
This dressing comes together easily, here’s all you do:
Start by adding a carrot, celery, onions, and fresh sage to a food processor.
Puree the vegetables until they are thoroughly chopped and set them aside while the sausage browns in a skillet.
When the sausage has finished cooking, remove it from the pan and add in the vegetable pulp.
Sauté the vegetables until the water from the vegetables has evaporated and season it with a little salt and pepper.
After this, the dressing really comes together quickly.
Place cubes of sourdough bread, toasted pine nuts, an egg, a little cream and some chicken broth in a large bowl.
Then, gently fold in the cooked sausage and the vegetable pulp.
Pour the dressing mixture into a small baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
This sausage dressing is such a simple recipe and I know you won’t be disappointed. It’s moist and fluffy and filled with such amazing flavors.
The sausage and the vegetables can be cooked a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the dressing, if you choose.
Tips For Making The Best Dressing or Stuffing
- Make sure your bread is dried out. Bread is the most important component of the dressing so make sure the bread is a little stale or at the very least a day old. Fresh, soft bread will give you soggy dressing.
- If you’re watching your sodium intake, use low sodium chicken broth.
- Use fresh sage instead of dried if possible. The flavor from fresh herbs can’t be matched in this dish.
How To Make Vegetarian Dressing or Stuffing
To make a vegetarian dressing, leave out the sausage and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
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Sausage Pine Nut Dressing Recipe For One
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped carrots (about 1 carrot)
- 1/4 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
- 3 fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 ounces loose Italian sausage
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts *See notes
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups cubed sourdough bread
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 5-inch baking dish.
- Place the chopped onions, carrot, celery, and fresh sage in a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped.
- Add the olive oil to a medium-sized skillet and give the skillet a little swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the sausage from the pan and place on a paper-towel lined plate.
- Return the skillet to the stove and add the vegetables. Sauté the vegetables until most of the moisture has evaporated.
- Season with salt.
- Place the vegetable pulp, the sausage, and the toasted pine nuts in a mixing bowl. Stir in the bread.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, chicken broth and cream. Pour over the dressing mix and stir until bread is entirely moistened.
- Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Heat a pan on medium heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add the pine nuts and stir frequently until they are golden brown.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice
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