Sage, Sausage and Apple Dressing
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- One 16-ounce bag stuffing cubes
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan and topping
- 1 pound fresh sage sausage, casings removed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cooking apples, such as Gravenstein, Rome, or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 to 2 ribs celery with leaves, chopped
- 3 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted (see Cook's Note)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Put the stuffing cubes in a large bowl and set aside. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until it loses most of its pink color, but not so much that it's dry, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and pan drippings to the stuffing cubes. Melt the remaining butter in the pan. Add the onion, apple, celery, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until the vegetables get soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and parsley and bring to a boil.
- Pour the vegetable mixture over the stuffing cubes and toss until evenly moistened. Mix in the walnuts and eggs. Loosely pack the dressing in the prepared pan and cook uncovered until the top forms a crust, about 40 minutes. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of turkey pan drippings or melted butter over the top. Cook until the top is crisp and golden, about 20 minutes more.
- Cook’s Note: Put the dressing in the oven during the last hour of cooking the turkey. To toast nuts, spread them out on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degrees F oven until golden, about 7 minutes.
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