Caramelized Apple, Sausage & Fennel Stuffing
photo by Tylers Cook
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 15mins
- 12 ounces sourdough bread, cut into 1/2 inch pieces. You can use pre-cut, pre-toasted bread as well
- 3 Italian sausage, links. (I use two sweet and one hot)
- 5 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 cups chopped onions
- 1 1⁄4 cups sliced fennel bulbs (One large bunch)
- 1 1⁄4 cups chopped carrots
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups chopped golden delicious apples (about 3 apples)
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth (I use low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
- 2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 16 minutes or until golden, stirring after 8 minutes. Place in a large bowl.
- 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add sausage to bread.
- 4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add 3 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through garlic). Add 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add vegetables to sausage mixture.
- 5. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add apple and sugar; sauté 5 minutes or until apple caramelizes, stirring occasionally. Add to the sausage mixture.
- 6. Combine broth (NOT TOO MUCH! It will be mushy) and eggs in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add broth mixture and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper to sausage mixture; toss well to combine.
- 7. Spoon sausage mixture into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover with foil. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Uncover dish; bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until browned and crisp.
- 8. Enjoy!
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