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morgan howard's apple sausage and pecan stuffing

Morgan Howard’s Apple, Sausage, & Pecan Stuffing

Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large casserole dish
  • Aluminum Foil

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Ib. chicken or turkey Italian sausage
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 2 cups tart apples diced (about 2 medium-size Granny Smith apples)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock plus more if needed
  • 4-5 Tbsp. fresh sage sliced thin (or 2 Tbsp. dried sage)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper
  • 3 cups day-old Italian or French bread cut into coarse chunks
  • 3 cups day-old multigrain bread cut into coarse chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans coarsely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Brown sausage in skillet with olive oil. Set sausage aside in large mixing bowl.
  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and a pinch of salt and sauté for 10-15 minutes. Turn up heat to medium-high, then add apples and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups chicken stock to the onion/apple mixture and bring to a simmer. Turn down heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add sage, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Add apple mixture to mixing bowl with sausage along with the bread pieces and pecans. Stir gently and add more chicken stock if needed to form stuffing mixture – the mixture should be moist, but not sopping wet.
  • Grease a large casserole dish and pour stuffing mixture in. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes, adding more chicken stock occasionally if needed.
  • For a crispy topping, broil 2 minutes at the end of the cook time. Serve and enjoy!