Ever make a dish that becomes your signature dish at a family meal, this sausage and apple stuffing is mine. The spiced sausage and sweet apples give ordinary stuffing an exquisite mix of flavors that is so good!
Sausage and Apple Stuffing
I recommend preparing this recipe a day or two before the meal. You can cut up the bread a week ahead of time.
2 sticks plus 2 TBL Butter, I don't recommend margarine
5 cups bread cubed, I use a mix of French, Wheat, Rye,and Sourdough
1 Pork Sausage Roll, I recommend Jimmy Dean's Maple- it compliments the apples
3 Apples, cored, and diced
1 large onion, peeled and diced
3 gloves garlic, peeled and diced
4 stalks celery, washed and diced
3-4 cups homemade stock or low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1 sprig fresh Rosemary- leaves only
Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.
In a large saute pan set over medium-high heat melt 1 tablespoon butter and add sausage. With a wooden spoon break up sausage and saute until lightly browned and cooked through.
Transfer sausage to paper towels to drain.
In the same pan melt remaining butter and saute onions with the garlic, celery, thyme, and sage until onions are translucent and celery is crisp tender.
Add the sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.
Add the sausage back in.
Add apples and saute for one minute more. Remove from heat.
Combine the stock, apple & sausage mixture, and bread crumbs.