With all the cooking that goes on this time of year, finding a recipe that is tasty enough for the whole family to enjoy and something you will be proud to serve can be challenging. I think this Italian Sausage & Green Apple-Cranberry Stuffing recipe could be the answer!
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Italian Sausage & Green Apple-Cranberry Stuffing
12 cups bread cubes, dried
1 lb. mild Italian sausage
2 large white onions, chopped
1/4 cup of butter
2 cups celery, chopped
4 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 cup dried cranberries
3 green apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 1/3 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook sausage thoroughly and drain. Transfer sausage to a large bowl. Using the same skillet to cook the sausage, melt the butter and then add the celery, apples, onions and poultry seasoning. Cook until soft. Next, add the dried cranberries and rosemary.
Then, transfer mixture in with the sausage. Slowly add the bread cubes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken stock to thoroughly moisten the bread cube mixture.
Don’t hesitate to moisten with more with chicken stock if it’s needed. You can then transfer the remaining stuffing mixture to a greased baking dish and bake covered, for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. After this time, remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is brown.
NOTE: This stuffing (about 5 cups) can also be stuffed inside a 14 -15 pound turkey if you prefer. Just make sure that you cook the bird and stuffing to appropriate temperatures!