Sausage Focaccia Stuffing with Golden Raisins

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The beauty of Sausage Focaccia Stuffing with Golden Raisins is it works for two common scenarios I sometimes find myself in during the holidays. The first scenario sees me calm, cool and creative. The second, crazed with too much to do and too little time to do it! If either of these sound like you, then this stuffing is for you. It not only looks and tastes festive, but features built-in shortcuts so you can assemble it quickly and conveniently, saving time and effort.

sausage focaccia stuffing with raisins

Thanks to the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association for making this sausage focaccia stuffing with golden raisins possible. My comments, opinions and love for holiday cooking shortcuts are my own.

Finding shortcuts to spend more time with my loved ones during the holidays always sounds good to me. This stuffing allows me to make it ahead of time, then reheat it at serving time. Plus, it’s easy to assemble.

stuffing with focaccia, sausage, golden raisins, cranberries and parsley

I especially like stuffings that feature both sweet and savory flavors. The golden raisins and apples beautifully balance the tartness of the cranberries and the savory flavor of the sausages and herbed, focaccia bread.

sausage focaccia stuffing with raisins on table

Doesn’t it look beautiful, too?

The Sausage

I want to mention that I included two types of sausage in this recipe in order to get just the right balance of fruit, vegetables, bread and sausage. Both types are conveniently precooked and seasoned, saving time and effort. 

I used the Jimmy Dean Original Sausage Patties first to balance the fruit I added to the dish myself. Then I added Jimmy Dean Sausage Skillets  to enhance the dish with a nice combination of ready-to-use sausage, potatoes, onion, and peppers.

sausage, apples, pepers

Since they both come so nicely seasoned, I didn’t need to add any more seasonings. Of course, you can add salt and pepper to taste if you like.

One other benefit I want to mention about doing stuffing this way is minimizing food waste. I like the convenience of the frozen products because it gives me the flexibility to use exactly the number of portions I need and save the rest—nothing goes to waste! 

In this case, I used just a few sausage patties, the rest are now in my freezer ready to be served with another dish, like my savory sweet potato waffles, my purple French toast or my huevos rancheros toast, just to name a few.

The Fruit

golden raisins, cranberries and green apples chopped

Favorite Fall fruits find their way into many of my recipes. I especially love apples, which grow well in a valley near my home. I never get tired of sweet, golden raisins or tart cranberries, either. And I just love the festive color they add to the dish.

If you make this sausage focaccia stuffing with golden raisins, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and have the chance to share it as well.

Now to the recipe.

Sausage Focaccia Stuffing with Golden Raisins

10 min prep – Start to finish: 70 min

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 8 Jimmy Dean Heat ‘n Serve Original Sausages Patties 
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • 1 (18 oz) bag frozen Jimmy Dean Sausage Skillets 
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 8 cups artisan focaccia bread cubes for stuffing (you can find this at your supermarket)
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Utensils

  • Big skillet
  • Oven-safe serving dish
  • Measuring cup
  • Aluminum Foil

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees °F (180 °C)

In a big skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Add sausage patties and cook 2 minutes per side. Break the patties in small chunks. 

frying sausages patties in skillet

Add celery and apple, cook for 3 minutes. 

Empty the contents of the Jimmy Dean Sausage Skillets bag and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

Incorporate the golden raisins, cranberries and 1 cup of beef broth, cook for 5 minutes.

sausage, veggies and fruits cooking in skillet

Add bread cubes and the rest of the beef broth, mix until the bread is coated with the broth and sausage mix. 

Transfer to an oiled, oven-safe, bake pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes more or until bread is lightly browned.

Serve with your turkey. 

If you are making this stuffing ahead of time, let it cool down and place in the fridge. 

When time to serve, bring it to room temperature (about 20 minutes), add ¼ cup beef broth and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.

sausage focaccia stuffing with golden raisins and cranberries

More Easy Holiday Meals

I encourage you to check out both your freezer and fridge right now. You might be surprised by how many easy-to-assemble, family meals like this one you can create this holiday season with just a few ingredients. Be sure to come back and share your creations with us. And don’t forget to tag them with the #mamalatinatips hashtag, so we all can see and share your amazing creations, too.

Do you have a holiday cooking shortcut of your own? Share it with us in the comment section below. 

For even more holiday cooking shortcuts and recipes, be sure to check out the delicious ideas at Easy Home Meals, our “Cool Food Panel” board on Pinterest, and follow the #EasyHomeMeals hashtag on social media.

Happy Holidays!

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sausage focaccia stuffing with raisins
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Sausage Focaccia Stuffing with Golden Raisins

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 12 portions
Calories: 261kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 Jimmy Dean Heat ‘n Serve Original Sausages Patties
  • 1 celery stalk thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple chopped
  • 1 (18 oz) bag frozen Jimmy Dean Sausage Skillets
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 8 cups artisan focaccia bread cubes for stuffing you can find this at your supermarket
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Big skillet
  • Oven-safe serving dish
  • Measuring cup
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees °F (180 °C)
  • In a big skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Add sausage patties and cook 2 minutes per side. Break the patties in small chunks.
  • Add celery and apple, cook for 3 minutes.
  • Empty the contents of the Jimmy Dean Sausage Skillets bag and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Incorporate the golden raisins, cranberries and 1 cup of beef broth, cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add bread cubes and the rest of the beef broth, mix until the bread is coated with the broth and sausage mix.
  • Transfer to an oiled, oven safe, bake pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes more or until bread is lightly browned.
  • Serve with your turkey.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sausage Focaccia Stuffing with Golden Raisins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 714mg31%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 42IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy stuffing, How to make sausage stuffing, Make ahead stuffing, Sausage and golden raisins stuffing
Author: Silvia

Notes

If you are making this stuffing ahead of time, let it cool down and place in the fridge.
When time to serve, bring it to room temperature (about 20 minutes), add ¼ cup beef broth and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.

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Peachy
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Peachy

Oh wow! This looks delicious and festive! perfect for a holiday breakfast.

Susan1375
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Susan1375

What a festive/ wintery looking fish that is filling and unusual. Would never think to combine sausages and raisins

leah
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leah

Oh this looks so yummy! I want to try and make this for Christmas this year!

Candace Hampton
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Candace Hampton

Great post!! Looks like a festive dish. It’s nice that its easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

Tara Pittman
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Tara Pittman

I am craving stuffing as I did not get to eat any on Thanksgiving due to my dairy allergy. So I need to make this with my dairy free butter

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