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Fennel, Sausage, and Caramelized Apple Stuffing

Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 48 mins
Total time 1 hr, 28 mins
Yield Serves 12 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Cooking spray
  • 9 ounces Italian sausage
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups sliced fennel bulb
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups chopped Golden Delicious apple
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 180
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 8.4 g
  • carbohydrate 26.3 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 42 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 359 mg
  • calcium 66 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 16 minutes or until golden, stirring after 8 minutes. Place in a large bowl.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add sausage to bread.

  4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add 3 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through garlic). Add 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add vegetables to sausage mixture.

  5. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add apple and sugar; sauté 5 minutes or until apple caramelizes, stirring occasionally. Add to the sausage mixture.

  6. Combine broth and eggs in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add broth mixture and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper to sausage mixture; toss well to combine.

  7. Spoon sausage mixture into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover with foil. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Uncover dish; bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until browned and crisp.

Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, None, 2013, Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!;