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Italian Turkey Stuffing Dressing


Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes



  • 20 oz. loaf of home-made bread, sliced, toasted, buttered, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes . . . (you can also buy and bake frozen bread dough for this)
  • 1 Tbsp. crumbled dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. crumbled dried sage
  • 1 tsp. crumbled dried rosemary (or less since it is so strong)
    salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery & leaves
  • 1 stick plus 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 turkey liver, gizzard, and heart — all chopped
  • 1 pound pork sausage . . . plus 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 8 oz. whole milk mozzarella cheese (fresh if possible), cut into 1/4″ cubes
  • 2 oz. pepperoni, cut into 1/8″ tiny, tiny bits




  1. In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the thyme, sage, rosemary . . . salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a skillet, cook the onions, celery, AND celery leaves in 9 Tbsp. of butter over medium heat until softened and tender (about 8 to 10 minutes) stirring occasionally and then add this to the bowl of bread cubes.
  3. In the skillet, cook the giblets in 2 Tbsp. of butter over moderate heat, stirring for 4 minutes or until they are browned . . . adding salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Add this mixture to the bread cube mixture.
  5. In the skillet, cook the sausage, breaking it into pieces, over moderate heat until it is cooked through.
  6. Add 1 tsp. garlic and some salt.
  7. Add this to the bread cube mixture.
  8. Add the mozzarella, pepperoni to the bread mixture….toss completely and let cool completely.
  9. Bake either inside a turkey or in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown on the top.
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until ready to stuff the turkey or bake separately (or both).
  12. The aroma will simply amaze you when you open your refrigerator!