Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 3 mins
- 8 cups 1/2-inch day-old Italian bread, cubed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed
- 1 large fennel bulb, chopped
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 1 tablespoon crushed fennel seed
- 1 1⁄2 large red bell peppers, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
- 2 tablespoons chopped marjoram
- 2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage
- 2⁄3 cup dry white wine
- 3⁄4 cup chicken stock or 3⁄4 cup vegetable stock
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper
- For the stuffing, toast the bread cubes in a shallow baking dish at 400 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown.
- Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
- Add the sausage and cook until brown and crumbly, stirring frequently.
- Add the fennel, onion, and fennel seeds.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until fennel and onion are tender, stirring frequently.
- Add the bell peppers, thyme, marjoram and sage.
- Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the bell peppers are tender, stirring frequently.
- Stir in the wine.
- Cook until reduced by three-fourths.
- Add with stock and 1/4 cup olive oil to the bread crumbs in a large bowl and mix well.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Spoon evenly into a buttered 7 1/2 x 11-inch baking pan.
- Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown.
AMAZING recipe!!! It was more of a meal than a side dish though. Very fulfilling!!
We love fennel so this recipe caught my eye. Boy am I glad it did. This is an OMG stuffing. I made it just as it is written and it is very flavorful, unique and different. This is a great side dish for any meat entree no matter what time of year it is. Thanks, Carole in Orlando
This dish is absolutely amazing. It is very flavorful and not too difficult to make. I made it for Thanksgiving and for other occasions and it was a hit! Try it and I'm sure you'll love it.