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Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite Photo by: Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Sweet Italian sausage, chopped fresh fennel, and apple combine with tangy sourdough for a classic Thanksgiving stuffing.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
  • Hands-on:45 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups 1-inch sourdough bread cubes (about 12 ounces)
  • 6 ounces mild Italian breakfast sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped fennel bulb
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cups chopped peeled Golden Delicious apple (about 2 medium)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/4 cups no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet or jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly. Place in a large bowl.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pan, and cook for 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently to crumble. Add sausage to bread in bowl.

4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, and celery to pan; sauté for 7 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in apple and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add sage to pan; cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Add onion mixture to bread mixture; toss well to combine.

5. Combine chicken stock, apple cider, eggs, and black pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg mixture to bread mixture, stirring gently to combine. Spoon bread mixture into an 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until top of stuffing is browned.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrate: 22.1g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 41mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 310mg
  • Calcium: 62mg
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