Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
The original version of this recipe comes from the Dec/Jan 1997 issue of Taste Of Home magazine. I have since added the sage flavored sausage, and will either skip the mixed nuts or add only pecans. I get wonderful compliments on this stuffing every time i serve it, and the best compliments are when i'm asked to share the recipe or bring the stuffing to the next holiday. Be sure to use 3/4 light rye to 1/4 dark rye, or substitute all light rye, so the rye doesn't overpower. In this combination the flavor is not too strong, just enough that friends and family recognize it as something extra special you've done with your dressing. We've also been successful making this recipe gluten free by using gluten free white bread, broth and the regular flavor of Jimmy Dean Sausage.
- 1 lb day-old light rye bread, cubed
- 1⁄2 lb day-old dark rye bread, cubed
- 1 lb sage flavored sausage, Jimmy Dean brand recommended
- 1 1⁄2 cups onions, chopped
- 2 large cooking apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 3⁄4 cup salted mixed nuts, chopped (optional)
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons rubbed sage
- 3⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 -3 1⁄2 cups chicken broth
- Toss bread cubes in a large bowl.
- In a skillet, cook and crumble sausage just until cooked thru.
- Remove to paper towels to drain.
- To same skillet, add onion, apples, celery, garlic and butter.
- Saute until apples and vegetables are tender.
- Add both the onion mixture and sausage to bread.
- Add nuts (if desired), seasonings and enough broth to moisten.
- Cover and refrigerate til ready to bake.
- Stuff turkey just before baking.
- Bake any additional stuffing separately in a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
- Or bake all stuffing separately in a greased 13x9x2 baking dish.
- To bake stuffing separately, place in greased dish, cover and bake at 325 degrees for one hour; uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer.
I followed the directions exactly and the flavor came out a bit too strong for me and my kids. But DH loved it, so I gave it 4 stars. I cooked it separately from the turkey. I did use granny smith apples, but think a sweeter apple might give it more flavor next time.