"I've gotten tons of raves over this recipe, and I only just made it this last Thanksgiving!
I baked one version covered and one uncovered, both were perfectly good (and not a whole lot different wetness-wise)."
chicken-apple sausages, chopped
celery ribs, chopped
pumpernickel bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and dried
( 1 pound)
Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes. Add the celery and onion and cook until the vegetables are tender and the meat is browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and let cool.
Add the bread cubes, crackers, thyme, eggs, stock and parsley to the bowl and mix well. The mixture should be moist but not soggy; add a little more stock if you like your stuffing wetter. Season the stuffing with salt and pepper. Place in a 9-by-13-inch buttered baking dish and bake for 1 hour. (To keep the stuffing moist, cover the top loosely with foil while it bakes.).