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Sausage and Pear Stuffing

In this post I’m sharing how to make a Sausage and Pear Stuffing for the holidays.

You’re sure to love all of the flavors of fall in this gourmet style dressing side dish. It’s easy to prepare and delicious served alongside turkey or chicken.

We’re a day away from Halloween and many of you are already planning your Thanksgiving menu. Thanksgiving is a holiday meal that we always host and I love cooking the big dinner.

When cooking a big holiday dinner, I plan my days in advanced to make the most of my time to get everything done. This easy sausage stuffing can be made the day before and re-heated.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Dressing Recipes

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ve probably seen my other dressing recipes: Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing, Aunt Betty’s Famous Ham Dressing and Stuffin’ Muffins.

This year I wanted to add a new holiday dressing (stuffing) recipe that was quite a bit different and it was also a request from a long time reader, and so we have this delicious sausage and pear stuffing.

Sausage Pear Stuffing with Pecans

Sausage Pear Stuffing with Pecans in a blue Pioneer Woman casserole dish

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy sausage holiday stuffing: Bread, Pork Breakfast Sausage, Onion, Celery, Fresh Herbs (sage and thyme), A Pear, Pecans, Chicken Stock, Eggs, Salt and Pepper.

If you’ve been cooking a while then you can already tell that the flavor of these ingredients are going to work so well together.

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I had two half loaves of bakery French bread leftover that I pulled from the freezer to make this dish. You can use whatever leftover bread you have on hand or prefer to purchase for this recipe.

I do prefer the bakery style bread over plain white bread so that it holds up well for stuffing recipes.

How to make holiday stuffing

Step 1: Begin by cutting your bread up into cubes and adding to a large mixing bowl.

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage for Thanksgiving dressing with fresh herbs, celery and onion in a skillet

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C)

Step 2: Next, cook the breakfast sausage in a skillet until done then add the butter, onion, celery and fresh herbs. Saute until the celery and onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Pour the sausage mixture over the bread cubes.

Thanksgiving sausage dressing, stuffing recipe with pear and pecans

Step 3: Next, add the sliced pear and chopped pecans to the mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper and give the ingredients a stir to combine everything. Pour the chicken stock over the stuffing mixture and add the beaten eggs. Stir to combine. Add the stuffing mixture to a rectangular casserole dish (13 x 9) and bake for 45 minutes.

How to make stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas

Sausage & Pear Holiday Stuffing

Yield: 1 Casserole

Sausage and Pear Stuffing

Sausage Pear Stuffing for the holidays in a casserole dish

Sausage Pear Stuffing with Pecans is the perfect addition to your holiday menu

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 lb Bakery French Bread Loaf
  • 1 lb Pork Breakfast Sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 c Celery, sliced
  • 2 tbs Freshly Chopped Sage
  • 1/2 tbs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Red Pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c Chopped Pecans
  • 2 c Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Prep Work: Cut the bread into cubes and add to a large mixing bowl. Prepare the fruit, vegetables, herbs and pecans and set aside until needed.
  3. Cook the breakfast sausage in a skillet until done
  4. Add the butter, celery, onion and herbs to the skillet with the sausage and saute until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  5. Next, pour the sausage mixture over the bread cubes in the mixing bowl.
  6. Add the sliced pear and chopped pecans. Lightly stir the stuffing mixture.
  7. Next, add the chicken stock, salt, pepper and beaten eggs and stir to combine.
  8. Transfer the stuffing mixture to a casserole baking dish
  9. Bake for 45 minutes

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 12.7g

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Amy-The Speedy Spatula

Thursday 1st of November 2018

I've never had stuffing like this before but it sounds wonderful!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Amy, It is truly delicious. Julia


Wednesday 31st of October 2018

Stuffing can be a little bland sometimes, but this looks so flavorful! I am going to have to give it a go!

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

Carlee, I hope you do, it's delicious. Julia

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