Sausage, Dried Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

"Recipe from Food TV Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh. I have tried many recipes and this one is my all time favorite. Fresh sage is important. My mother who is a very basic cook said this was so good it was addictive. I used onions instead of leeks as the leeks were super expensive. This is a fresh tasting stuffing. I used mild italian sausage. I am posting in time for Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. This can be made ahead by 2 days if desired. Please note you may not want to use the entire tablespoon of salt."
 
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Ready In:
50mins
Ingredients:
14
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Saute the sausage in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, crumbling coarsely with the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage and drippings to a large bowl. Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, apples, celery and poultry seasoning to the skillet and saute until the leeks are soft, about 8 minutes. Mix in the drained cranberries, sage and rosemary. Add the mixture to the sausage, then mix in the croutons and parsley. Next add the chicken stock a little at a time until the stuffing is very moist. Be sure not to overdo it; it shouldn't be mushy. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a casserole dish. (The stuffing can be made to this point 2 days before Thanksgiving, refrigerated.).
  • Bake in a 14-inch oval or 9 by 13-inch rectangular casserole dish and place, uncovered, in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until the top is crispy and the center piping hot. Remove and serve immediately.
  • *Cook's Note: If stuffing a turkey, the stuffing must be cold before being placed in the bird.

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Reviews

  1. This is a great stuffing recipe. I substituted Italian turkey sausage for the breakfast sausage. I had a couple delicious apples from our tree and grated them instead of chopping. I cubed baguettes from the store and let them dry out slightly, instead of boxed bread cubes. I only used 1 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp of pepper. Didn't have fresh sage so I used dried. Great flavor, it was a big hit at our family Thanksgiving dinner. I will be making again this year.
     
  2. Made half a recipe but used sourdough ciabatta bread Recipe #358868 that I dried. Didn't have dried cranberry so used fresh that I cut into thirds. Different from what I usually make but was great.
     
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  1. This is a great stuffing recipe. I substituted Italian turkey sausage for the breakfast sausage. I had a couple delicious apples from our tree and grated them instead of chopping. I cubed baguettes from the store and let them dry out slightly, instead of boxed bread cubes. I only used 1 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp of pepper. Didn't have fresh sage so I used dried. Great flavor, it was a big hit at our family Thanksgiving dinner. I will be making again this year.
     

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