Thanksgiving Dutch Oven Classic Sage Sausage Dressing Camp Recipe! (2024)

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How to avoid World War III: Don’t mess with the family favorite camping Thanksgiving dinner recipes!This Dutch oven classic sage sausage dressing recipe is a blend of holiday flavors … sage, poultry seasoning, onions, celery … but as our family tends to do, we add a little extra to the classics!

For this Thanksgiving favorite, we added a little garlic and rosemary and have not changed our recipe since.

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How To Make Dutch Oven Classic Sage Sausage Dressing

When we make this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe at home, it bakes in a casserole dish in the regular oven. But, when we make it at the campsite, it’s one of our favorite Dutch oven camping recipes that we cook using charcoal briquettes or campfire coals.

Preheat Dutch oven to 325 degrees (for a 12 inch Dutch oven you need 23 coals total = 16 Top/7 Bottom). See my Dutch Oven Temperature Chartfor more information and tips.

This recipe can be made in a Dutch oven, camp oven, solar oven or RV oven. (Obviously, I prefer a camp Dutch oven … he he.)

If you want to cook this in a regular oven, you’ll need to:

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet (a cast iron skillet or non-stick will work over a regular stove) then sauté the onions and celery.
  • Then, you’ll add the sausage to the pan and break it up as it browns.
  • Lastly, you’ll add the garlic and rosemary to the skillet.
  • Now, you’ll transfer the ingredients to the large bowl that contains the dried bread cubes, poultry seasoning, chicken broth and eggs.
  • You’ll mix everything so it is combined well, then, just spoon the combined mixture into a greased 2-quart or 13-inch baking dish and you won’t have to stir during the baking process.

NOTE: Baking times vary depending on outside air temperature, elevation and humidity so be ready to make adjustments as necessary.

Prep To Make This Recipe

You’ll be chopping a bit of onion, celery, garlic and fresh rosemary for this recipe. You only need a pinch of the chopped fresh rosemary and it really does provide a ton of unique flavor to this dish. If you want to substitute dried rosemary, use it sparingly (a “half pinch” or less) so it doesn’t overwhelm the flavors.

For Easier Cleanup

Thanksgiving dinner clean-up at the campsite can be challenging. If the people I am camping with are willing to pitch in to help with cleaning after dinner … GREAT!

If they are more of the “I’ll keep the campfire going while you do the dishes” type, then I try to use disposable gear like disposable foil Dutch oven liners (make sure you get the right size liner because it is not easy to fit a 14″ liner in a 12-inch camp-style Dutch oven!) Oh, one more camping tip … I try to avoid camping with “campfire tenders” unless I am doing my only-once-a-year hot dog and canned beans menu. LOL

Dutch Oven Stuffing Cooking Tips

Always prep your ingredients and cooking equipment before you start the cooking process.

If you are using charcoal briquettes with your Dutch oven, a Rapidfire Chimney Starter is great because it is a fast, efficient and clean way to light your charcoal. Alternatively you can just steal a pile of hot charcoal from your campfire. Just make sure you are using hardwood to provide nice even, long-lasting heat when cooking with campfire coals.

If you’ve never used a charcoal starter, we have an entire blog post to show you how to use a charcoal chimney that includes a VIDEO.

What To Serve With Stuffing In Dutch Ovens

I bet you have some classic recipes that your family and friends expect to be on the table at specific holidays.We certainly do!Some of them are not my favorites but I partake because it is part of our tradition.Others, I am happy to help myself to second (and sometimes third) portions!

If you are making this for your Thanksgiving meal, make sure you include the classic pairing. This is my favorite Camping Turkey Recipe but I share 3 different cooking methods so you can choose the best option for your trip.

You can get my entire menu with recipes for a Traditional Camping Thanksgiving Dinner: Easy Recipes For Turkey Dinner With All The Trimmings.

For smaller crowds, you can pair this stuffing with this yummy Grilled Dijon Chicken With Garlic And Jalapeno recipe.

Beef is an great alternative to poultry. Try this Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe to go along with this dressing.

A few great side dishes to serve with a homemade bread stuffing include these yummy Campfire Glazed Grilled Carrots which are really nice if you want to serve cooked vegetables. If you’d rather have an assortment, try these Campfire Veggie Packets that include broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and garlic.

Leftover Ideas

If you have too much food on your holiday table after the meal, you probably need some ideas.

For breakfast, melt butter in a pan and drop in a big spoonful of stuffing, cover pan so the dressing heats through. In another pan, fry an egg and serve it on top of the stuffing for a satisfying meal.

For lunch or dinner the next day, combine some of your favorite dishes from your Thanksgiving table. Pile slices of turkey on bread or a bun, then add a layer of stuffing and slather with leftover cranberry sauce. This is one of the best turkey sandwiches you’ll ever eat!

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Thanksgiving Dutch Oven Classic Sage Sausage Dressing Camp Recipe

Camping For Foodies Sides Camping Recipes: This Thanksgiving Dutch Oven Camp Meal Classic Sage Sausage Dressing Recipe has all the rich flavor you want in a classic stuffing side dish.

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Course: Sides Camping Recipes

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 Servings

Calories: 614kcal

Author: Kim Hanna


  • 1 pound loaf day old bread cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter use unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) package bulk sage sausage
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Pinch fresh rosemary chopped


  • Pre-heat 12-inch camp Dutch oven to 325 F degrees (for a 12 inch Dutch oven you need 23 coals total = 16 Top/7 Bottom).

  • Combine in a large mixing bowl: bread, poultry seasoning, chicken broth and eggs.

  • Melt the butter in the Dutch oven.

  • Sauté the onions and celery until the vegetables are soft.

  • Add and lightly brown the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks.

  • Add the garlic and rosemary to the pot and stir to incorporate.

  • Add the bread mixture to the Dutch oven and stir to completely combine all the stuffing mixture ingredients.

  • Cover with the lid and bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes.Occasionally stir the mixture throughout the cooking process. Because this dressing is being cooked directly in the Dutch oven (and not in a separate baking dish) it will get crispier (which our family loves) but it will also have a tendency to burn so keep stirring to avoid that.


Camp Cooking Tip: Thanksgiving dinner clean-up at the campsite can be challenging. If the people I am camping with are willing to pitch in to help with cleaning after dinner … GREAT! If they are more of the “I’ll keep the campfire going while you do the dishes” type, then I try to use disposable gear like Disposable Foil Dutch Oven Liners (make sure you get the right size liner because it is not easy to fit a 14″ liner in a 12″ Dutch oven!) Oh, one more camping tip … I try to avoid camping with “campfire tenders” unless I am doing my only-once-a-year hot dog and canned beans menu. LOL

Here are a few more useful links:

Dutch Oven Temperature Chart

Camping For Foodies Recipes List

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Serving: 1g | Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 755mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 8g

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Is it OK to make stuffing a day ahead of time? ›

No matter where you fall, getting a head start on what can be prepared before the big day is essential. One question that always crops up: Can you make stuffing ahead of time? The short answer to whether you can making stuffing ahead of time is yes.

What is sausage stuffing made of? ›

Sausage Stuffing Ingredients

Vegetables: You'll need finely diced celery and a chopped onion. Bread: The white bread cubes should ideally be slightly stale. If your bread seems too soft, lightly toast it in the oven. Seasonings: Season the sausage stuffing with poultry seasoning and ground black pepper.

Can you put an egg in stuffing? ›

Eggs: Two lightly beaten eggs help hold the dressing together and add moisture. Water: You can add a few tablespoons of water, if you'd like, to achieve your desired consistency. Seasonings: This turkey dressing recipe is seasoned with salt, pepper, rubbed sage, and garlic powder.

Can you prepare uncooked dressing ahead of time and refrigerate? ›

Do not refrigerate uncooked stuffing. If stuffing is prepared ahead of time, it must be either frozen or cooked immediately. To use cooked stuffing later, cool in shallow containers and refrigerate it within 2 hours. Use it within 3 to 4 days.

Can you use week old bread for stuffing? ›

In fact, using stale bread and fresh bread will both leave you with equal amounts of mush. The longstanding tip to use old, stale bread for the perfect stuffing is actually a myth. Letting bread go stale doesn't actually dry it out. After sitting out on your counter, bread goes through the process of retrogradation.

What's the difference between stuffing and dressing? ›

To understand the difference between the two, all you have to do is look at the cooking method. Stuffing is stuffed (literally) inside the cavity of the turkey, while dressing is roasted in a separate casserole dish.

Why put eggs in stuffing? ›

Eggs add richness to the stuffing, and makes it cohere better. I'd use two eggs per pound of bread. I'm a no egg person - and I still stuff the bird (but also do a batch out of the bird).

How much water do you put in sausage before stuffing? ›

Add at least 1 oz. of water per pound of meat to aid in the stuffing process.

What makes stuffing unhealthy? ›

Stuffing is not strictly a healthy food, because it is typically high in calories, fat, sodium, and refined carbohydrates. 1 But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it, All foods can fit into a healthy diet in moderation.

Can you stuff a turkey with uncooked stuffing? ›

Stuffing Safety

Both the turkey and stuffing need to reach a minimal internal temperature of 165°F in order for harmful pathogens in the stuffing to be killed, explains Baker.

Can I cook stuffing day before and reheat? ›

Can you prepare stuffing ahead of time and reheat? YES! This stuffing is baked to golden perfection the day before the big meal. You store it in the fridge overnight and then simply warm it in the oven before dinner.

Can you put uncooked stuffing in the fridge overnight? ›

USDA recommends that you never refrigerate uncooked stuffing. Why? Remember, stuffing can harbor bacteria, and though bacteria grow slower in the refrigerator they can cause problems because stuffing is a good medium for bacteria growth, therefore a higher risk food in terms of cooking safely.

Will bread dry out overnight for stuffing? ›

So, how do you dry bread for stuffing? There are two ways to go about it. If you've planned your Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time, you can cut your bread into cubes and leave them out to become stale overnight. Or, if you're short on time, you can use the oven method for a quick and easy way to dry.

Can I stuff my turkey with stuffing the night before? ›

Information. Do not stuff whole poultry and leave in the refrigerator before cooking. If stuffing whole poultry, the ingredients for the stuffing can be prepared ahead of time. Keep wet and dry ingredients separated and chill.

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