Italian Bread Dressing

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Italian Bread Dressing

A simple, delicious, homemade bread dressing. This is a wonderful side dish that is perfect for thanksgiving or anytime of the year. Substitute bread of your choice if desired.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Bread, Dressing, Italian, Side dish, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 280kcal


  • 1 pound Italian bread loaf cubed
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 1 granny smith apple peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Place the cubed bread pieces on a large baking sheet and allow to dry for 1-2 days (see note below for alternative)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Cook ground breakfast sausage in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Set aside
  • In a dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add onion, celery, and apple and cook until soft about 8-10 minutes. Add the poultry seasoning and salt and pepper to taste and cook 2 minutes longer. Mix in the cooked breakfast sausage. Remove from heat
  • Stir in bread bread cubes until evenly coated. Moisten with chicken broth and mix well. Place dressing into a 9×13 inch casserole dish and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes


If you don’t want to dry out your bread for 1-2 days.  Simply bake the bread cubes on a baking sheet in a 200 degree F preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through.  You can store dried cubes in a Ziploc bag until ready to use.  
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