Farro, a healthy whole grain, adds a nutty bite to stuffing’s traditional flavors with sausage, butternut squash and sage with a sweet taste of dried cherries.
This post and its bountiful Thanksgiving flavors is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm.
At my house it’s called stuffing.
Drunk with chicken stock, brimming with celery, onion, and butter, and perfumed with sage, this bread concoction is always cooked in the bird and comes out supremely moist. Yes, I did say “moist.” Moist. Moist. Moist. It’s how I prefer my stuffing.
At your house you may refer to it as dressing.
To me dressing delivers a dryer bite. Something maybe even a little crunchy. A bit more austere, perhaps even a little stark.
Not like my beloved stuffing. It’s my favorite part of the feast.
When Jones Dairy Farm asked me to contribute this stuffing recipe for their site Stuffing and More, the distinction between stuffing vs. dressing was quickly abandoned at the sidelines. We’re talking stuffing here. All day.
And yes, do go ahead and help yourself and feel free to go back for seconds. You’re totally going to want to.
The site offers up recipe tips, recipe demonstrations and cooking tips. Basically any and all things Stuffing! So if you’re wondering where to start with anything stuffing to serve alongside the bird or holiday ham, it’s a good place to begin your recipe search.
Jones Dairy Farm’s sausage is made up of just six ingredients. The same six ingredients they’ve used 126 years ago. You know what that means? No filler. No byproducts. Just sausage. All-natural and gluten-free, you can tell the difference in their sausage the minute it hits the fry pan.
About the Recipe
This stuffing recipe bridges the gap between stuffing and dressing. Nutty farro, sweet butternut squash, dried cherries and sausage combine with traditional bread cubes to create a stuffing worthy of the dignity of a dressing. And you can decide on your “moisture” level by adjusting the amount of chicken stock to your taste.
It starts with traditional stuffing flavor builders: butter, celery and onion. But instead of dried sage I used a handful of freshly slivered sage leaves for that not-to-be-missed Thanksgiving taste. Don’t skimp too much on seasoning with the salt, it dials in the flavors in a big way.
While I’ve used fresh cut bread chunks in stuffing before, I tend to go with an old fashioned dried bread cubes. It’s probably just because it’s what I grew up with and still crave today.
Instead of nuts or rice, I fortified this side with the ancient, whole grain farro (read more about these good for you grains) gives this stuffing a bit of a bite and an extra dose of health benefits you’d otherwise miss.
Butternut squash and dried cherries add a bit of sweetness to this savory side. I love the play of sweet and savory together. What’s your fave?
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Farro, Butternut Squash, Sausage and Dried Cherry Stuffing
- 1 cup farro
- 3 ½ cups chicken broth divided
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 12 oz Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 stalks about 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 yellow onion about 1 cup, chopped
- 1 ½ cups butternut squash cubed
- 2 tablespoons fresh sage slivered
- 1 tablespoon Italian parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 10 oz box stuffing
- 1 cup dried cherries
Food for Thought
While I love the extra flavors in this recipe, I’ll always be a fan of a super straight forward stuffing with just celery, onion, sage and bread cubes. What’s your favorite flavors to stuff on your plate?
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Without a doubt my new favorite stuffing. The only change I made was to roast the butternut squash for a little extra flavor. This will be on my menu for sure!
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Thanks so much Erin!
I am very grateful you did share your knowledge here. It is an excellent Recipe
Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
Stuffing forever and ever!!!! Love the dried cherries in there.
after seeing this recipe, I think its crucial that fresh sage be in all stuffing recipes ever form now on
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
Mmm I am a huge fan of trying new things with stuffing. It’s like a big ol’ melting pot to throw in all kinds of fun flavors.
Rachel @ Bakerita
This stuffing looks amazing! Stuffing is my favorite dish on Thanksgiving and this version sounds amazing – especially with the sausage, cherries, and squash! So fall festive :)
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
Love these fall flavors, this is my kind of stuffing!
I can taste all the amazing flavours you have in this dish! Sounds wonderful!
xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com
This sounds delicious.. Stuffing is the best part of dinner!
Meghan | Fox and Briar
Yes, I agree, it is stuffing at my house too and it is also my favorite part of Thanksgiving! Can’t get enough of it. I love that you put farro in there, what a great idea!
Thanks for the note Meghan! I have become a HUGE fan of farro and it’s so good in this side.
Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
It’s so funny how stuffing and dressing is so different across the country. Either way, and whatever you call it, it’s hands-down my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. We always have what we refer to as “dressing” that my Grandma grew up eating and then a “stuffing” that changes almost every year. I LOVE that you threw farro in here, it’s one of my favorite grains, and I can just imagine the nuttiness and chewy texture it gives stuffing.
Totally agree Nicole, and how awesome is it that we have our grandmother’s traditions to carry on!
Sarah | Broma Bakery
Love love love the farro in here. Cooking with whole grains for Thanksgiving just feels right. <3
We need the whole grains to balance out the pecan pie! :)
Allson @ ingredients, Inc.
I am totally put this on our Thanksgiving list!