Sausage Apple Turkey Stuffing
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 60
  • Servings: 20
  • Preparation Time: 45
  • 1 1/2 lbs. of sausage meat (I used a combination of Italian turkey sausage and pork sausage)
  • 6 tbsp. of butter
  • 3 cups of onions, chopped
  • 2 cups of celery (I used the leaves as well as some fennel I had)
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of Italian or broad leaf parsley
  • 8 cups of gluten free bread, dried out and cut into crouton size
  • 2 cups of dried cranberries
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped and toasted pecans
  • 1 tsp of salt (I always use Herbs de Province Fleur de Sel)
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. of chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups of turkey or chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, beaten
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F
  2. Melt 2 tbsp. of the butter in a large skillet
  3. Add the sausage and break up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Cook until it loses its pink colour, but not before it dries out.
  5. Add the sausage and pan drippings to the croutons in a large bowl
  6. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet
  7. Add the onions and celery/fennel
  8. Saute until soft, about 5 mins.
  9. Add the apples, parsley and cinnamon and sauté for another 3 minutes
  10. Pour the mixture over the bread and sausage mixture and toss until evenly moistened
  11. Mix in the pecans and eggs
  12. Loosely pack the dressing into a prepared baking dish (grease with butter before unless you are using a non-stick pan)
  13. Bake uncovered until the top forms a crust, about 40 mins.
  14. Drizzle about 2 tbsp. of turkey pan drippings or butter over the top
  15. Cook until the top is crisp and golden, about 20 mins.
  16. (Before this last step I decided to cover with foil and refrigerate as I was making this ahead of time. I will drizzled with the butter and then covered with foil before refrigerating to reheat in time to serve with the turkey.)
RECIPE BACKSTORY
Wanted to make a gluten free stuffing to be served with Thanksgiving turkey dinner so I researched a few recipes on line and as usual took what I thought was the best amalgamation of them all.