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Sausage and Apple Dressing With Cranberries

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Sausage and Apple Dressing

Sausage and Apple Dressing

Diana Rattray
Apples and cranberries give this basic sausage bread dressing extra flavor. Add 1/2 cup of pecans to this dressing if you like a little crunch. Use this bread dressing to stuff a 12- to 14-pound turkey or bake it in a pan in the oven.

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) white bread, cut in small cubes (about 10 to 12 cups cubes)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus about 2 to 3 teaspoons for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 8 ounces ground pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled leaf thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled leaf rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preparation:

Heat oven to 350°. Butter a 13x9-inch baking pan.

In a large skillet, melt butter; add onion and celery. Saute the vegetables, stirring, until just tender. Add sausage and cook, breaking the sausage up with a spatula, until cooked through.

In a large bowl combine the vegetable and sausage mixture with the bread cubes and seasonings. Stir and add chicken broth until well moistened but not mushy. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add the apples and cranberries then stir in the egg until well blended. Pat into the prepared pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and broil just until lightly browned.
Serves 8.

Note: If using as a turkey stuffing, stuff the turkey just before roasting. When the turkey is finished, remove all of the stuffing to a bowl to serve.

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