Apple and Sausage Stuffing
If you’re cooking Thanksgiving this year you may already be preparing your menu like I am. Rather than picking up Stove Top or doing the traditional turkey stuffing, try this delicious recipe instead! Out of all the items I made for last year’s feast, this stuffing was the big hit!
Cook time is approximately one hour so you can place it in the oven during the last hour that your turkey is cooking!
16oz stuffing cubes – To make your own you’ll need 3-4 slices of bread*
1lb of sausage (I used Italian but any type will do)
4 Tbs butter or margarine
2 cooking apples, chopped – Golden Delicious works best
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2 Tbs fresh sage (finely chopped)
2 eggs – beaten
Coarse salt and cracked black pepper to taste
*To make your own stuffing cubes, cut bread into cubes, place on a cookie sheet, and bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toasted.
(1.) Put one cup of stuffing cubes aside and place the rest in a large bowl. (2.) Melt two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add sausage. Break up into chunks and cook until browned. Add sausage and pan drippings to bowl of stuffing cubes. (3.) Melt two tablespoons of butter in the skillet again and add apples, onion, and celery. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes or until soft. (4.) Add two cups of chicken broth and sage and bring to a boil. Pour vegetable mixture over stuffing cubes and toss until evenly coated. Add eggs and stir until mixed in.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a large casserole dish or baking pan.
Loosely pack dressing in dish, add remaining stuffing cubes to the top and place in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes and remove from oven. Brush the top with remaining cup of chicken broth or with turkey pan drippings and place back in the oven. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, dish it up, and enjoy!