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Simple Sausage And Sourdough Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 16 cups 1-inch bread cubes, sourdough (1 1/2 pound loaf) 
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup medium-diced yellow onion ( about 1 onion)
  • 1 cup medium-diced celery ( about 2 stalks)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored and large-diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 lb ground mild Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Place bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and let dry overnight.

  2. In a large sauté pan, melt  half the butter and add the onions, celery, apples, sage, salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. 

  3. Add bread cubes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. In the same sauté pan, cook the sausage over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a spatula while cooking. 

  5.  Add to the bread cubes and vegetables. 

  6. Add the chicken stock and cranberries to the mixture, mix well, and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish. Slice the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into daps and place on top of the stuffing. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F, until browned on top and hot in the middle.