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Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing

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We transformed a classic stuffing recipe into an easy peasy Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing. Generous portions of flavorful fluffy sausage stuffing in less than 1 hour. #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing 

Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing

We transformed a classic stuffing recipe into an easy peasy Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing. Generous portions of flavorful fluffy sausage stuffing in less than 1 hour.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Italian sausage, removed from casings (I used mild Italian sausage)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 4 medium celery ribs, chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 10 cups (10oz/300gr) plain stuffing bread (Note 1)
  • 2 cups (480ml) chicken or turkey stock, divided
  • 3 large eggs

Directions:

  1. Place the stuffing bread in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Set the Instant Pot* to sauté.
  3. Add the sausage and cook it, breaking it up, until cooked, about 10 minutes. (If sausage is sticking too much, add ¼ cup of water.)
  4. Transfer the sausage onto a plate.
  5. Add butter into the Instant Pot.
  6. Once butter is melted, add onion and celery and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Stir in the seasonings and parsley and cook for an additional minute.
  8. Stir in the sausage. Then transfer the mixture into the bowl with stuffing bread. If possible, cover it, so that bread gets warmed up and softens.
  9. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and chicken stock.
  10. Pour it over the bread and sausage mixture and toss to combine.
  11. Replace the stainless steel insert back into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet and pour at least 1 cup of water.
  12. Divide the stuffing into 2 stackable insert pans and place it on the trivet in the Instant Pot. (If you’re using these stackable insert pans, then you don’t need a special handle, as it comes with one. But if you’re using different pan, make a handmade sling using a foil.)
  13. Close the lid, make sure it’s in sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to Manual, high pressure, 20 minutes.
  14. Do a quick release, and carefully remove the inserted pans.

Recipe Notes:

Note 1: I used a bag of store-bought plain stuffing bread for this recipe. I also tested preparing the bread cubes myself in the oven (10 minutes at 300°F), but the stuffing was a bit on mushy side.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 11 servings, Serving Size: 1 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 246 Calories
  • Total Fat: 20.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.9g
  • Cholesterol: 50.8mg
  • Sodium: 659.3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6.8g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Protein: 8.8g
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimate only. Read full disclosure here.
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Because stuffing is made with dried bread and it soaks up all the liquid in the recipe, we can’t cook it straight in the Instant Pot. Without enough liquid, Instant Pot can’t come to pressure.  This is where we use pot in pot cooking method that we’ve discussed earlier this week.

A bowl of plain stuffing bread waiting for its turn to get transformed into flavorful Instant Pot stuffing. #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing

You’ll need a large bowl to mix the sausage mixture with breadcrumbs before cooking in an Instant Pot.

Though we do use pot in pot cooking, we’ll start with sautéing the sausage and vegetables in the stainless steel inner pot of Instant Pot first.

Then we’ll transfer the mixture into insert pans (we’ll use 2!) after mixing the sausage mixture with bread and egg/stock mixture.

Sausage and vegetable mixture sautéd in the Instant Pot. The most aromatic part of cooking Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing. #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing

We’ll cook the sausage and veggies straight in the Instant Pot. This’s the most aromatic part of cooking!

Hot sausage mixture poured over plain stuffing bread. Flavorful Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing one step closer to be served! #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing

Putting the hot sausage mixture over breadcrumbs softens the bread so it’s easy to mix everything.

Just the right amount of egg and chicken stock to make the fluffy stuffing without getting mushy soggy mess. #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing

Pour the egg/chicken stock mixture and mix well.

These stackable insert pans are perfect for this recipe, because it allows us to cook full portion of stuffing that’ll easily feed 10 people. And if you get leftover stuffing, do make this fabulous leftover stuffing breakfast casserole.

Final step in making Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing - divide the stuffing mixture into 2 stackable pans. #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing #potinpotcooking

Now we’ll divide the stuffing mixture into 2 stackable insert pans.

Stackable pans filled with stuffing mixture are inserted in Instant Pot. Pour 1-2 cups of water into the bottom of IP and cook! #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #sausagestuffing #thanksgivingmenu #stuffing

Pot in pot cooking is a perfect way to cook stuffing.

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