Sausage Apple Stuffing

Side Dish
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 12 cups white bread, cut into 3/4 " cubes
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 lb tart green apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups sliced leeks, white & lt green parts (3 lg)
  • 4 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 cups chopped celery & leaves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (4 oz.)
  • 4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1 1/3 cup chicken broth (approximately)

  1. Spread bread cubes on 2 large baking sheets. Bake 15 min at 350 degrees until slightly dry. Cool.
  2. Sauté sausage in large skillet on med-high until cooked, crumbling coarsely. Using slotted spoon, transfer to large bowl. Pour off drippings. Melt butter in same skillet. Add leeks, apples, celery & poultry seasoning to skillet; sauté until leeks soften, about 8 min.
  3. Mix in dried cranberries & rosemary. Add to meat; mix in bread & parsley. Season to taste with salt & pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead & refrigerated.)
  4. Mix eggs into stuffing & lightly fill turkey. Moisten remaining stuffing with chicken broth (3/4 -1 cup, depending on amount). Place in buttered baking dish, cover with buttered aluminum foil, & bake 45 min. Uncover. Bake 15 min more. To bake all stuffing in pan: Mix in 1 1/3 c. broth & bake as above.
  5. For turkey fillets: Spoon 1/3 c. sausage apple stuffing onto each flattened turkey filet. Roll up & toothpick. Place in a baking pan. Brush with maple butter. Cover & bake 45 min at 375 degrees, basting occasionally.

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