Apple, Butternut and Sausage Dressing

20 servings (3/4 cup each)
I’d heard about using squash in dressing, so I combined four things I love into one dish: apples, butternut squash, bacon and maple sausage. Now, it’s one of the most requested dishes during the holidays. — Brenda Crouch, Ansley, Nebraska


1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled and cubed
3 medium tart apples, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
1 pound maple pork sausage
4 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, shredded
6 cups seasoned stuffing cubes, divided
2 cups crushed multigrain Club Crackers (2-1/2×1 inch) (about 40 crackers)
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cooked long grain rice
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup butter, cubed


Preheat oven to 425F. Place squash and apples on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast until tender, about 25 minutes. Reduce oven setting to 375F.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings.

Add sausage, celery, onions and carrots to pan; cook over medium-high heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.

Transfer to a large bowl. Add 5 cups stuffing cubes, crackers, evaporated milk, soup, eggs, rice, sour cream, seasonings and reserved squash mixture and bacon; toss. Transfer to two greased 13×9-in. baking dishes. Lightly crush remaining 1 cup stuffing cubes. Sprinkle over tops; dot with butter.

Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly and lightly browned, 15-20 minutes longer.

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