Auntie Rosie’s Crockpot Dressing

Updated 11.21.21.

Here’s what I said about this dish back in 2010:

This is another one of the dishes my mom made while she was visiting my sister a few weeks ago. When I arrived here in Portland, my mom had stocked my sister’s freezer with a whole slew of homemade meals. The first frozen meal my sister dug out for me to eat was supposed to be beef roast. Instead she accidentally pulled out dressing. I’m glad she did! I had three huge helpings of it before I asked my mom if she could give me the recipe.

A note from my mom: “I added some juice or gravy from the turkey to make it more moist after it was done.”

Even as leftovers this dish was amazing. I wonder how good it is when it first comes out of the crockpot.

Eleven years later, my mom and I are finally spending Thanksgiving together. Sort of. The Sunday before. So when we decided we would make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to eat with Dad and Sis, Auntie Rosie’s crockpot dressing had to be on the menu.

Mom made it – along with the turkey, rolls, corn, peas and a banana cream pie. I made pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes. I also scooped the dressing out of the crockpot and into the red baking dish we used as a serving dish. The dressing at the bottom of the crockpot was kind of mushy but the croutons near the top were still well-defined.

Mom said she doesn’t like a lot of sausage in the dish so she only uses half a package. I like a lot of sausage so I would use the full amount. This is about the easiest and tastiest way to make dressing for your Thanksgiving table if you can get over the mushy texture. (I can.) 



  • 1 lb pork sausage, browned
  • ½ c. chopped onion
  • ½ c. chopped celery
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1 14-oz package Pepperidge Farm Sage and Onion Dressing Mix (8 to 12 cups)
  • ½ tsp. poultry seasoning (optional)
  • ½ c. potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes) (Mom says about half a package)
  • 2 14-oz cans chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 c. water


  1. Put onion, celery and butter in kettle. Add water (enough to barely cover the ingredients but not over them). Cook about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Toss 1 large package dressing mix with onion/celery mixture. Add sausage, potato flakes and poultry seasoning if using. Mix everything together.
  3. When ready to cook add chicken broth and water. Mix.
  4. Bake on high in a crockpot for 1 hour and then turn to low for 45 minutes. Do not lift the lid while cooking.

Recipe rating: 

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