Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Country Sausage and Sage

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Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Country Sausage and Sage is hands down the best stuffing I’ve ever had.  The flavors are phenomenal, and to be honest, when you’ve got a stuffing like this, you don’t really need the turkey at all!

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Sage

I had to do it, I had to make another batch of that PUMPKIN CORNBREAD just to see  if it could knock it out of the park as a stuffing and man, did it ever.  This was fabulous, and I’m not even a stuffing kind of person.

The appeal of plain stuffing has always been lost on me.  But when you substitute homemade cornbread enriched with pumpkin, molasses and a little brown sugar for those brittle dried breadcrumbs in the bag, then add country sausage and fresh sage, you can’t help but get something special. You could easily make this a vegetarian stuffing, just replace the sausage with some roasted mushrooms, add in a few walnuts, and use veggie stock.  I think dried cranberries would be nice, too.

I cut my cornbread in large chunks so it wouldn’t completely fall apart as the stuffing is mixed.  I crumbled the larger pieces as I added in the liquid to get a combination of textures.  I also cut the onion and celery in relatively large dice, so they are recognizable in the final dish; you can taste them and they still have some crunch..

The peppery country sausage and the fresh sage gives this pumpkin cornbread stuffing so many layers of flavor.

TIP: Fresh sage is well worth it, the flavor is far superior to the dried.  If you have extra leftover, I’ll show you HOW TO DRY HERBS IN THE MICROWAVE, it’s a fabulous technique for preserving extra fresh herbs.


This beats the dried packaged mixes by a mile, I hope you give it a try!

I guess I’m going to have to call myself a stuffing person from now on.


I love all the extras on a holiday menu, and I have lots more side dish inspiration on the blog ~

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Country Sausage and Sage
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Category: side dish

Cuisine: American

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Sage

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Country Sausage and Sage is hands down the best stuffing I've ever had.  The flavors are phenomenal, and to be honest, when you've got a stuffing like this, you don't really need the turkey at all!


  • 1 recipe Pumpkin Cornbread (get recipe here)
  • 8 oz country sausage (the kind that comes in a tube, or from the butcher)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped (2 big handfulls)
  • about 6 inner stalks of celery, leaves included, sliced (2 big handfulls)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves
  • more butter for dotting


  1. Set oven to 350
  2. If you have the time, let the cornbread sit on the counter overnight to dry out. Then cut it in large bite sized cubes. Set aside.
  3. Crumble the sausage into a large heavy bottomed pot. Brown the sausage, continuing to break it up into small bits as it cooks. When it is completely cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in the same pan and sautee the onion and celery for several minutes until the onion starts to turn translucent.
  5. Add the sausage back to the pan.
  6. Turn off the heat and toss in the cornbread cubes and fresh sage. Add salt and pepper, and stir briefly to combine.
  7. Lightly beat the eggs in a measuring cup, and then stir in the stock. Pour this mixture into the stuffing pan, stirring lightly as you add the liquid. Break up any extra large chunks of cornbread as you mix. If it seems dry to you, add a little more stock, but not too much or the stuffing will get mushy. When it is all combined, but not overly mixed, turn into a buttered baking dish or casserole.
  8. Dot with butter, and then bake for about 30 minutes until hot and browned on top.

Make it your own ~

  • You can bake this stuffing in well buttered muffins cups for individual portions…
  • As I said above, this can be made vegetarian/vegan with just a few tweaks. 


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  • Reply
    November 18, 2018 at 9:09 am

    How many days in advance could you make the cornbread?

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      November 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Hey Kara ~ you can make the cornbread way in advance, up to a week I’d say, because it doesn’t have to be fresh.

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    November 15, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Hi! The link to the pumpkin cornbread no longer works. Can you redirect me or is there anywhere else that I can find a comparable recipe to use for this? Thank you in advance!

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    November 1, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Can this be made in advance and baked the next day?

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      November 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      That should work fine.

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    Gillian Halicki
    November 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I am going to make this stuffing as it looks and sounds so good. Really though, I was hoping to be able to tell you how much I respect and emulate your style of cooking. I read a lot of cooking blogs and time after time, I go back to yours! I learn so much from you and Love your photography as well as your shares from your home front/experiences…

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      November 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks for making my day Gillian ~ and I hope you enjoy this stuffing as much as we do ~ happy (almost) holidays :)

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    November 28, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit! Several people asked me for the recipe!

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      November 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Yay ~ that’s the ultimate compliment!

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    November 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I can’t access the pumpkin cornbread link? I have to make this looks wonderful! Can you help?

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    November 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Can this be cooked in a crockpot?

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      November 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

      I can’t say for sure Barbara since I haven’t made stuffing in a crock pot, but I suppose if you make it the way the recipe says, and then instead of the oven, put it in the crock pot, it should work, although the texture would be a lot moister and softer.

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    November 24, 2015 at 6:16 am

    This looks absolutely divine. Can you please tell me roughly how many this will serve? Thank you!

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    Loretta Reams
    November 28, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I’m making this gluten free and adding apples and cranberries. I am excited to try it. Happy holidays.

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      November 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Sounds yummy—Happy Thanksgiving Loretta!

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    November 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I am going to try this for Thanksgiving this year. Can this be made ahead and reheated without effecting the quality?

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      November 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      I personally think stuffing better when freshly made. You could make it ahead and leave out the liquid, and then mix and bake when you’re ready.

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    Miss Wix
    November 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Going to make this with veggie sausage as our vegetarian main instead of turkey! So excited!

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      Miss Wix
      November 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      oh, and going to add roasted mushrooms as well.

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        Miss Wix
        November 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        One question! If I’m making this as a main for 7 adults, you think this is enough, or should I double it?

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    November 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I was wondering if this could work using part pumpkin cornbread and part ciabatta or other bread? I want a more savory flavor and less sweet. Thanks this looks yummmm.

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      November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      I’m sure that would work, Connie.

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    October 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you, Sue! I was looking for a good gluten free stuffing to make for Thanksgiving and this is will be it, substituting gluten free cornbread, of course.

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    October 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m thinking it would make a great breakfast!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 22, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Hi Mirkat— Thanks for visiting, and you can do this either way. I meant the dish to be baked in the oven, but many people like to have their stuffing inside the turkey. You would put it in before the turkey goes in the oven, and when it comes out, your stuffing should be thoroughly cooked. Some people like to make sure by checking the temperature with a thermometer. The stuffing should be about 160 degrees to be safe. Then, as you slice the turkey, spoon out the stuffing to serve alongside.

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      November 10, 2013 at 3:02 am

      How much fresh Sage are we suppose to add? Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall seeing an amount in the recipe (and I’m making it right now). :-(

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        November 10, 2013 at 3:09 am

        I see it now. I guess I was confused, because it mentioned “Turn off the heat and toss in the cornbread cubes and fresh sage.”, but the sage amount was listed below it (in the following steps). Got it!

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    November 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

    hi! greetings from buenos aires, i’m making your stuffing on thursday for our thanksgiving celebration (it’s a group of us studying abroad here) .. one question.. i’ve never actually stuffed a turkey, so instead of baking the stuffing in the oven, in its own casserole, should I just stuff it in the turkey when the egg is still raw? will it cook? or should I cook the stuffing first in the casserole, and then put it in the turkey. also when the turkey is finished, do i remove the stuffing and serve it fresh out of there?

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    November 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    okay, so in this instance, i might be okay with a little pumpkin action. what a pretty batch of dressing!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    November 16, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I love a bit of stuffing and I would be happy to eat pumpkin every day so this is a great marriage – just have to skip back and find out how you made that cornbread, something we never seem to make downunder.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      November 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Come to think of it, I guess cornbread is a traditional American food, but I hope you try the pumpkin version, it’s wonderful!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    November 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

    That stuffing looks amazing and ever so scrumptious!



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    November 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

    way to go, Sue! I love playing with unusual recipe ideas. I had a cornbread stuffing idea I was thinking about for this year too, but I’m not sure I’ll be that creative after all. I may just try yours instead!

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    November 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Yes! I was hoping you’d go with the option of making the cornbread into a stuffing. I’ve honestly never even had cornbread stuffing before (my family’s is so very traditional and plain), but it looks too good not to try. Although I don’t think I could get away with making it on Thanksgiving, I should try it some other time. Why save stuffing just for one day of the year?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      November 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      We always had plain stuffing, too. I think that’s why it never wowed me. But that’s the thing about Thanksgiving, traditions die hard!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    November 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Mmmmm! This sounds so earthy and comforting. All requests in my house this year are for cornbread stuffing, so this has really given me inspiration. Delicious, Sue. :D

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I’m not even a stuffing kind of person either but my hubs is. This is SO up his alley! Gorgeous pics of it, too!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      November 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      I’m only a stuffing person one day a year, I think. I think of it like bread pudding…maybe good once in a long while, but not for everyday.

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    November 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    No offense, but I really don’t get why people ask if they can substitute the main ingredient in a recipe.. obviously, you can use whatever you want, but what makes this special is the pumpkin cornbread. If you want to use something else, why not just find a standard sausage stuffing recipe instead of butchering this one?

    I am looking forward to trying it, as written. Thanks for the idea!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      November 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I don’t mind when people ask about substitutions because it opens up the discussion to new ideas and variations. In this case, It got me thinking about new directions for it myself. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you try it!

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    November 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I love any kind of sausagey stuffing, I’ve nver even seen cornbread before, I’m intrigued, do you think I could put some other kind of bread in it instead?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      November 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Hey Tabitha—the sausage really makes this stuffing, for me anyway, so I’m sure it would be good with any other kind of bread. But I would try fresh bread cubes, not the dried ones from a package, to get a similar consistency. You just inspired me to imagine this with pumpernickel bread…yum…but without the pumpkin component ;)

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      November 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      How many people does this serve?

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