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Crisp-Top Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage and Greens

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Claire Spollen

Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield

Serves 10 to 12

Although it's nearly as quick to make as boxed stuffing, this homemade version--soft in the middle and a little crunchy on the top--is prettier and certainly tastier. We've added some Italian flavors to make it even more appealing.

Ingredients

  • 1 1-lb. crusty loaf of sourdough, at least 1 day old
  • 8 ounces crumbled Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 cups chopped onion (1 large)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 or 3 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • About 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 pound baby spinach leaves
  • About 3 cups turkey broth, reduced-sodium chicken broth, or mushroom or other vegetable broth

Nutrition Information

  • calories 244
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • protein 10 g
  • fat 9.4 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • sodium 651 mg
  • cholesterol 27 mg

How to Make It

  1. Slice bread into 1 1/2-in.-thick slices and tear into irregular 1- to 2-in. pieces. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and leave to dry at room temperature until needed (up to 2 days). For the best stuffing, the bread should be very dry.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook Italian sausage in a large frying pan over medium heat until lightly browned. Transfer to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Add enough melted butter to fat in pan to yield about 2 tbsp. total fat.

  3. Add onion, celery, herbs, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper to hot pan. Cook until onions are translucent and celery is tender-crisp, about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until just wilted (add in batches if necessary). Transfer to a large bowl.

  4. Add torn bread and broth to vegetables and mix in until bread is soaked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir gently to combine.

  5. Generously coat a 9- by 13-in. glass baking pan with 1 tsp. reserved melted butter. Pour stuffing into pan and drizzle with remaining melted butter.

  6. Cover with foil; bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until starting to brown on top, about 30 minutes more.

  7. Make ahead: Up to 2 days, chilled. Reheat at 350°, covered, until hot (about 30 minutes). Remove foil and cook 10 more minutes for a crunchy top layer.