croissant dressing

Croissant and Sausage Dressing with Apples

Chunky, buttery croissant pieces will take your dressing next level.

Let’s be real about holiday feasting. For a lot of people, myself included, the stuffing/dressing is just as exciting as the turkey. And if I’m being completely honest, it’s often even better than the bird. I usually make a cornbread stuffing loaded with dried cranberries and nuts, but wanted to try mixing it up. Enter the croissant. It’s already buttery and soft, with a distinct ability to turn crispy and flakey when baked that liiiiiitle bit longer. Spoiler alert – croissants make for a seriously good stuffing foundation.

And if you already have a family favorite stuffing, no worries – you can make BOTH of them. The best part about having a whole second pan of stuffing or dressing is not merely that you can eat your fill, but that you can try different styles and flavors. I guarantee you that no one will be complaining.

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croissant dressing

Croissant and Sausage Dressing

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  • Author: Jess Pryles
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10 1x


Units Scale

6 large croissants
1 lb breakfast sausage
3 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
2 granny smith apples, cored and diced into 3/4 inch cubes
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped sage
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons Hardcore Carnivore Fried Turkey seasoning
1 cup chicken broth
4 oz butter, melted


  1. Preheat an oven to 375f
  2. Place a skillet over high heat, and add the breakfast sausage. Break sausage apart with a wooden spoon, and cook until the sausage is thoroughly cooked through, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove sausage from skillet, leaving the fat and set sausage meat aside.
  3. Add the onion to the fat in the skillet, and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until softened. Add the celery and cook the mixture a further 2-3 minutes until celery has softened.
  4. Use a serrated knife to cut the croissants into large chunks at least 1″ thick, then place them into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the cooked sausage, browned onion and celery, apples, sage, pecans, seasoning, chicken broth and melted butter to the bowl.
  6. Gently toss with a large spoon or your hands to ensure everything is evenly coated and distributed, then pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish or pan.
  7. Place into the oven uncovered and cook for 20 minutes until brown on top.


This recipe can be prepared a few hours in  advance and held in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

1 thought on “Croissant and Sausage Dressing with Apples”

  1. Thanks Jess for this great dressing recipe. The croissants really give this dish a unique texture and buttery goodness. I tossed in some diced roasted green chilies for a touch of heat and it was perfect. This one is a keeper!

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