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Holiday Rice Dressing

For some people, holiday meals are all about the sides! This sausage rice dressing makes the perfect side dish to add to your holiday spread. Enjoy!


  • 1 lb. pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms cleaned and largely diced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 5 cups cooked Cajun Country Rice


  • Preheat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking into crumbles as it cooks.
  • As sausage begins to brown, add onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic and mushrooms and continue sautéing until sausage is fully cooked.
  • Mix in salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Add broth and bay leaves, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits of flavor. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked rice, lower heat and let stand until rice absorbs any extra broth.
  • Add any additional seasoning to taste and enjoy!


When cooking the rice ahead of time, it’s best to use slightly less water than
normal, leaving a little bite to it (or slightly al dente). This way, it can absorb the broth
in the final step of this recipe and avoid becoming overcooked or mushy.