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This paleo sweet potato sausage stuffing is the perfect holiday side dish or seasonal one-pan meal! This recipe is paleo, whole30, gluten-free, and AIP.

Sweet Potato Sausage Stuffing

What is Sausage Stuffing?

We all know the traditional stuffing made with dried bread, vegetables, and herbs, and are stuffed into a turkey to enjoy as a flavorful side for the holidays. Sausage stuffing as it’s more hearty, and is an extra helping of protein at a holiday meal!

Though I do have a paleo option for a “cornbread” stuffing here on the blog, I wanted to make a more veggie-forward stuffing that also adds in sausage for extra flavor and protein. This recipe is whole30, paleo, and can be made AIP-friendly.

 

How to make this Sweet Potato Sausage Stuffing Recipe

  1. Cook the sausage: Using a large pan set to medium heat, brown the sausage, using a wooden spoon to break it into small crumbles. Once cooked, set aside and reserve 2-3 tbsp of fat in the pan.
  2. Cook the sweet potato: Add the sweet potato to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, rotating often, until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender and lightly crisp.
  3. Cook the vegetables: Add more fat to the pan if needed, and saute the onions and garlic for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Pour in the celery and chopped apple and cook for 5-6 minutes or until fork-tender.
  4. Combine: Add the sweet potato and sausage back. Season with thyme, sage, salt, pepper, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar and stir well to combine. Saute for another 2-3 minutes to reheat. Serve topped with dried cranberries.

 

Sweet Potato Sausage Stuffing

Can you make this sweet potato sausage stuffing ahead of time?

Yes! I would reheat it in a pan for a few minutes and maybe add a bit of fat if needed.

Can I also eat this as a one-pan meal or breakfast?

Heck, yes! This is seriously such a good one-pan meal or breakfast, regardless of the holidays. Hold onto this one for after the holidays.

 

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Sausage

You can either use pork or turkey sausage for this recipe. Personally, I love turkey and love how it pairs with these flavors, but a pork sausage is a great option as well. Keep an eye out for added sugars! For an AIP sausage, you can easily make your own with ground meat, and seasonings with sage, rosemary, thyme, and salt!

Sweet potato

The sweet potato is a great starch for a grain-free stuffing. I find it best to keep the sweet potato unpeeled and to just scrub the skin very well.

Onions, garlic, celery, and apple

These are classic stuffing ingredients that pair well with the sweet potato.

Dried cranberries

I like these dried cranberries because they have no oils or sugars!

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Paleo Sweet Potato Sausage Stuffing


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This paleo sweet potato sausage stuffing is the perfect holiday side dish or seasonal one-pan meal! This recipe is paleo, whole30, gluten-free, and AIP.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground sausage (see notes for AIP)
  • 4 cups sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 honey crisp apple, diced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (omit for whole30)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Using a large pan set to medium heat, brown the sausage, using a wooden spoon to break it into small crumbles. Once cooked, set aside and reserve 2-3 tbsp of fat in the pan.
  2. Add the sweet potato to the pan and cook for 12-15 minutes, rotating often, until the sweet potatoes are fork tender and lightly crisp. Add more fat (like coconut oil or avocado oil) if needed as you go. Set aside.
  3. Add more fat to the pan if needed, and saute the onions and garlic for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  4. Pour in the celery and chopped apple and cook for 5-6 minutes or until fork tender.
  5. Add the sweet potato and sausage back. Season with thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and maple syrup and stir well to combine. Saute for another 2-3 minutes to reheat.
  6. Serve topped with dried cranberries.

Notes

To make an AIP compliant sausage, simply use 1 lb of ground pork (or turkey) and season with 1 tsp each of rosemary, sage, thyme, and 1/2 tsp of salt.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: stove top

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 355
  • Fat: 9.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.9g
  • Fiber: 7.3g
  • Protein: 24.5g

Sweet Potato Sausage Stuffing