Dairy-Free Stuffing with Pecans, Apples, and Sausage


I love classic dairy-free stuffing, but sometimes it’s fun to up your game a notch. This flavorful version is spiked with tart apples, crunchy pecans, and rich Italian sausage (with vegan option). For a shortcut, it uses herb-seasoned stuffing cubes. Surprisingly, many brands are egg-free and dairy-free, like Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing Mix and Arrowhead Mills Organic Savory Herb Stuffing Mix.

Dairy-Free Stuffing Recipe with Pecans, Apples, and Sausage (also Egg-Free!)This dairy-free stuffing recipe with photo was shared with us by americanpecan.com.

Special Diet Notes: Stuffing with Pecans, Apples, and Sausage

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, and optionally soy-free.

For vegan and vegetarian stuffing, you can substitute vegan Italian sausage.

Dairy-Free Stuffing with Pecans, Apples, and Sausage
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 servings
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or pecan oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces dairy-free herb-seasoned cubed stuffing
  • 2 cups tart apples, chopped
  • 1½ cups pecan halves
  • 1 to 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a large casserole dish or 9x13-inch pan.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage, breaking it into crumbles. Drain the sausage on paper towels and discard any excess grease.
  3. Heat the olive or pecan oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onions starting to soften and are fragrant.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sausage, onion mixture, stuffing cubes, apples, and pecans.
  5. Add 1 cup of broth and stir to combine. If the stuffing mixture is too dry, add up to ½ cup of additional broth, but be careful not to add too much liquid. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer the stuffing to your prepared baking dish and cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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