This sausage, quinoa and wild rice whole grain stuffing will be the hit of your Thanksgiving. The sausage ensures you get a moist stuffing every time, and the quinoa and wild rice are suitable for your gluten-free family and guests.
The first time I had a sausage stuffing was at a Friendsgiving our first year of marriage. I remember thinking: Sausage in stuffing is BRILLIANT!
The sausage adds so much flavor. I buy the bulk sausage to save myself the time of removing it from the casings. If you happen to live near a Sprouts Farmers Market, they make the best sausages. Plus, you can buy a chicken sausage instead of pork if you don’t eat pork products.
Using quinoa and wild rice in the place of a bread crumb adds a great texture as well as nutritional value to this whole grain stuffing. You can use it to stuff your turkey, or just bake it in a greased baking dish.
I’ve included a short video to show you exactly how easy it is to whip up this recipe.
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By the way, this recipe can be made ahead! Prepare the recipe up to the point where you transfer the ingredients to a greased baking dish. You can then refrigerate your stuffing, tightly covered, up to two days ahead. Then, bake right before serving, adding 10 minutes to the bake time.
Need a printable version? Here it is:
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups cooked wild rice
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Brown the sausage, onion and thyme in a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Once brown, stir in the cooked wild rice and cooked quinoa.
- Transfer to a greased baking dish.
- Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Serve hot.
While perfect for Thanksgiving, this dish is also an excellent lunch! Serve with a side salad and some sliced fruit for an out-of-the-ordinary midday meal.