Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing


Thanksgiving isn't complete without stuffing. Technically when you call something stuffing, that means is cooked inside the turkey, which I don't do. So this should be called a dressing, but I'm sticking with the original recipe title this time. Anyhow, this Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing uses sourdough bread and white wine which are a nice twist to the traditional white bread stuffing.


My only change would be to use more liquid next time around. I used a premade stuffing mix from a nice local bakery, but the bread is rock hard that way and it could have used more chicken stock for sure. I would keep that in mind if you use premade stuffing in your dish as well. If you are wondering what a premade stuffing mix is, when I use that term it simply means a bag of already cut and dried bread pieces. No spices or seasonings added.

Enjoy!

Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing
Makes 10-12 servings
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Ingredients:
  • 1 loaf sour dough bread, cubed (about 10 cups) 
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries 
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped 
  • 2 (12 oz) pork sausage rolls 
  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely diced 
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped and divided 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped 
  • 1 cup chardonnay wine 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 2 cups chicken stock 
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.Place cubed sourdough on 2 baking sheets. Bake 10-15 minutes, stirring bread occasionally until toasted, but not browned. Place toasted bread cubes into extra large bowl, add cranberries and apples. Set aside. 
  2. Butter 9x13-inch casserole dish. Set aside. 
  3. In large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage using spatula to break it up as it cooks. 
  4. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons sage. Cook through, but do not brown. Remove sausage from skillet using slotted spoon and add it to bowl with bread cubes. Leave 2 tablespoons of sausage drippings in the pan (drain any extra) and add shallots. Cook until translucent; add pecans, herbs and remaining sage to skillet. Cook 2 minutes stirring frequently. Pour shallot herb mixture into bowl with bread cubes. 
  5. Add wine to skillet and scrape browned bits from bottom of pan as it cooks. Add butter and chicken stock. Bring to boil for 3 minutes, remove from heat and pour over bread cubes in bowl. Add eggs.Toss gently until combined and pour into prepared baking dishes. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes more. 
Recipe from Jones Dairy Farm.

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