- 1 loaf fresh bread (I used a rosemary and olive oil loaf!), or cornbread chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1 14oz (414ml) can chicken broth
- 1 cup (236ml) half-and-half
- 2 large eggs
- 16 ounces (450g) uncooked breakfast sausage
- 3 medium onions, finely chopped
- 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tbsp minced fresh sage leaves
- 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1-1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- Make room for two racks in your oven and heat to 250F (120C).
- Spread bread pieces on 2 baking sheets and dry in oven for about 40 to 50 minutes.
- Whisk together broth, half-and-half, and eggs in a medium bowl
- Place bread chunks in roasting pan lined with foil (optional) and lightly coated with oil or cooking spray. Pour broth mixture over the bread and toss to coat thoroughly.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, until hot. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until sausage is not raw. Remove sausage to a bowl, leaving behind the fat.
- Add half of the onions, celery, and carrots to the sausage fat in the skillet and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl with sausage.
- Return skillet to heat and melt 2 tbsp butter. Add the remaining veg mixture and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the herbs and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add this second mixture along with sausage and onion mixture to the bread pieces and fold gently to combine.
- Cover pan with foil and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
Two methods for baking
To prepare with a turkey, bake at 450F (230C) until brown. I placed my turkey on a rack immediately on top of the dressing, and baked for 80 minutes, turning the pan halfway through. Then I removed the turkey and baked the dressing for an additional 10 minutes.
To prepare without a turkey, cover with foil and bake at 350F (180C) for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes to brown the top.