Do you need an emergency side dish?
Do you have a dinner party invite and don’t know what to bring? Forget the fruit platter and cheese plate; Go Big, go with a Stuffing Side Dish. This easy to make stuffing recipe adds the savory flavor of sausage with the seasoning of fresh herbs and apples…a perfect combination. So, if you are attending a dinner party and are looking to bring something different; try this stuffing recipe from CookLikeADad.com
Follow the video and check out my shopping list and equipment check list and enjoy your holiday meals with a different twist on stuffing. Makes 10 -12 servings. Total Cooking / Prep time- 1 hour.
1 Loaf sourdough bread, cut down to the size of a large lego block
1 tablespoon of Canola Oil
3 to 4 Apples, I prefer Gala or Honey crisp ( Cored and diced)
¾ pound of regular pork sausage, I prefer Jimmy Dean sausage
I large onion (Yellow, Red or White) Diced small, that way kids won’t recognize it when it’s cooked!
3 stalks of celery cut down to small chunks
1 Carrot, shredded.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ½ cups of Chicken broth
1/3 cup of fresh Sage (I used a herb combo pack in the video)
¾ teaspoon of sea salt
½ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
Equipment: Dads helper, preferably a son or daughter, ( Sorry Moms). A large Casserole Pan,Mixing bowls, one for veggies and bread, the other for the sausage. And 2-Cookie Sheets (for the sourdough)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread out the sourdough Lego blocks across a couple cookie sheets and place in oven for about 5- 7 minutes, tops. Do not let the bread brown, only have it in the oven to ‘dry out’ the bread. Take a pan over medium high heat and add canola oil to the pan. Mix onions and sausage chunks into the pan and begin the browning process. Your sausage pieces need to be ‘chunky’ and random in size. Keep the pan at the medium hi setting and add the apples, celery and butter into the fray. When you begin to see the apples soften to the stab of a fork, then it is time to ADD the bread chunks, chicken broth and chopped herbs, salt & pepper. Continue to cook and stir for another 8- 10 minutes, (you will see the chicken stock being absorbed by the mixture, this is a good sign)
Now, Back to the oven…
Now the mixture is ready to spread into a casserole pan. Grease the pan with a little butter and raise the heat of your oven to 350 degrees F. Place all the stuffing mixture into the pan and place into the oven for another 30-45 minutes. Keep an eye on the browning process and don’t hesitate to cover the top of your stuffing at the half way mark. Use foil to prevent a burnt topping for the remaining time. Allow 10 minutes to cool, Fork the stuffing and place in a serving dish and make sure you shout:
“Stack it, Stuff It with My Holiday Stuffing Recipe!”