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Nana Bessie’s Famous Crock Pot Stuffing With Sausage (Video)

When it comes to mouthwatering Thanksgiving dishes, few stuffing recipes hold a candle to Nana Bessie’s Famous Crock Pot Stuffing With Sausage. This delectable creation boasts the perfect blend of flavors and herbs, elevating the holiday feast to new heights of culinary delight. What sets this particular dish apart is the ideal blend of herbs and sage sausage, infusing every bite with a rich and aromatic essence that lingers on the taste buds. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey as we unravel the secrets behind this beloved family recipe and share the steps to recreate this gastronomic masterpiece in your own kitchen. I can honestly tell you that this is THE BEST Stuffing Recipe I have ever tasted, in fact, I didn’t even like stuffing until I tried this particular version of the dish.

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About this recipe

**The best part about this recipe is that you can make it a little ahead of time so it frees up space on your stovetop for your other dishes because you use a Crock Pot slow cooker to finish cooking it.**

Some history about Bessie and this recipe:  

This recipe comes all the way from England.

It was my ex-husband’s grandmother’s recipe. She and her husband relocated to Utah (in the United States) some time after World War II, and settled in the Salt Lake Valley.

Years ago, my now ex- Mother-In-Law, Diane gave me this recipe to share on this blog and now I keep it here so that my kids will have it for when they are older and can continue to pass it down for generations to come.

This recipe was actually lost when Bessie passed in the 1980’s and Diane (Bessie’s daughter) spent hours and hours (and a couple of years to get it just right) in the kitchen re-creating this recipe because it was that important to her.

I am so thankful that Diane took the time to do that so that my children will have their great-grandmothers stuffing recipe and it will also mean even more to them to know that Diane had a hand in it as well (Diane also passed away the spring of 2019).

Recipes are probably one of the most important things to me when it comes to family heirlooms, so I am excited to be able to pass it down from generation to generation for my babies.

What does it look like when prepared?

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This recipe calls for dressing, what is that?

If you are wondering what I’m talking about when the recipe calls for packages of “dressing”, this is typically what you need to be looking for.

Apparently dried stuffing and dressing are pretty much the same thing…please disregard my old crappy photo of it. 😉

what is dressing when a stuffing recipe calls for it?
How do you keep stuffing moist when cooking?

As we do with this recipe, you can mix in additional chicken broth each time your stuffing gets a little dry.

You also have the option of adding plain water as well, just mix well.

Free printable recipe card and video found here

Nana Bessie's Famous CrockPot Stuffing With Sausage

Nana Bessie's Crockpot Stuffing With Sausage (Video)

Yield: 24 Servings

The best and most yummy Stuffing/Dressing recipe. Even if you don't typically like stuffing, you need to give this one a try and it will soon become a favorite family recipe.


  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Bundle of Celery
  • 2 Lbs Sausage (Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sage
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 2 Packages Mrs. Cubbison's Seasoned Dressing (stuffing mix works too)
  • 1 – 2 (14.5 oz) Cans Chicken Broth
  • 1 Dozen Eggs


    1. Slice Celery and chop the Onion, set aside.
    2. Melt Butter in large pan. Add Onion and Celery and saute until Onion starts to become translucent.
    3. Add Sausage and Seasonings. Continue to cook until the Sausage is browned.
    4. In a large bowl, beat the Eggs.
    5. Add Dressing and stir until it is all moistened.
    6. Add the Sausage and mix thoroughly.
    7. Add 1 can of Chicken Broth, a little at a time, while mixing.
    8. Stuff turkey and/or put in a large, greased, CrockPot on low.
    9. Cook on low for 4 hours stirring occasionally.
    10. Add the second can of Chicken Broth, just a drizzle at a time while mixing, over that 4 hours to keep the stuffing from drying out.


I use Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage for this recipe.

This recipe makes enough to stuff a large turkey and pretty much fill a 6-Quart slow cooker.

It can easily be cut in half. You can add extra chicken broth as needed to counter drying out.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 127mgSodium 468mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 8g

These caloric amounts are automatically estimated by a plugin on my site and should be treated as an estimate only.

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Like I said before, Nana Bessie’s Famous Crock Pot Stuffing With Sausage is super tasty, and even better, it can easily be enjoyed any time of year, not just at thanksgiving.

It has so much meat and bread in it, it’s basically a chopped up version of the tastiest meat loaf that you could possibly imagine.

I especially like that even though you start it out on the stove-top to make this recipe, you transfer it to the slow cooker to continue to cook so that it is perfect when the time comes that you need it.

AND that frees up the stove top so that you can make any other elements of your meal that are a little less easy to budget your time with.

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This post was originally share to this blog in September of 2013 but was in need of a refresh. It now has a free printable recipe card and much better photography.

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