Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to come up with a new take on traditional Thanksgiving cornbread stuffing, so I created this cornbread sausage muffin recipe that is so delicious, it will be part of my Thanksgiving table from now on.

If you're looking for a new spin on Thanksgiving dinner, I recommend you try these muffins. They've got apples, onions, and celery, but the secret ingredient is the Johnsonville ground Italian sausage.

The sausage has a smoky, bold flavor that gives the muffins their depth. And there's no need to decase the sausage; it's already done for you.

So with the apples adding a touch of sweetness, the onions and celery bringing umami, and the sausage adding a spiced Italian meat, these muffins were so well balanced, and... yummy, I couldn't stop eating them. In fact, I brought a batch to a picnic yesterday and they were all gone in minutes.

My lesson: these are not just for Thanksgiving. :)

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe

Makes 2 dozen muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery (~2 stalks)
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning (SECRET SPICE THAT WORKS GREAT WITH SAUSAGE!)
  • 3 cups cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 peeled and diced tart green apples
 

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan over medium heat, and saute the onions and celery until the onions start to turn translucent - about 5 minutes.

Add 2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning, and stir in the sausage. Cook until brown. Break up any large pieces. Strain and set aside while you make the batter.

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Preparation | CatchMyParty.com

In a large mixing bowl add the cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Optionally, you can add a 1/4 cup of sugar - it depends on your preference for cornbread. Mix until combined.

In a second mixing bowl, add the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Whisk until the eggs are fully incorporated. Add the dry ingredients all at once, and mix. You should have a thick but pourable batter.

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Preparation | CatchMyParty.com

Peel and dice two apples and stir them in along with the sausage, onion, and celery mix.

Cornbread Sausage Muffin Preparation | CatchMyParty.com

Generously butter your muffin tin. The butter will help create a nice brown crust and make the muffins easy to remove. Spoon in the batter, about 3/4 full.

Bake until you start to see some brown around the top edge of the muffin, about 15-18 minutes.

Thanksgiving Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I sprinkled on some thyme and chives, and with a pat of butter.... heaven. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Thanksgiving Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

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Cornbread Sausage Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

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