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Sausage Pear Stuffing

  • prep: 1 hour 10 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • servings: 8
Photography: Marcus Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf day-old rustic bread, dark, hard crusts removed and bread cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 12 cups)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 small leeks, trimmed, thinly sliced into half-moons, and rinsed well (about 3 cups)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 large fennel bulb, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 12 to 14 ounces firm-ripe Bosc or Anjou pears (about 3), chopped (about 3 cups)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 cups Turkey Stock
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisped but not golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool. In a 14-inch straight-sided skillet (or 2 large skillets), melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, leeks, celery, fennel, and pears; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables and pears are softened and start to turn golden, about 15 minutes. Stir in rosemary and sage.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally and breaking into large crumbles, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Stir into vegetable mixture, then transfer to a large bowl. Add bread cubes and toss well. Drizzle stock over mixture, add eggs and parsley, and toss to combine well. Season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Use 10 cups stuffing to fill bird; place remainder in a buttered 8-inch-square baking dish. After turkey is out of oven, bake at 350 degrees until heated through and top is browned, 40 to 45 minutes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2013

Reviews (1)

  • 30 Nov, 2013

    My husband found and made this and it was SO incredibly delicious that we will NOT wait until another Thanksgiving to have it again. I think the pears and sausage were key in making it so spectacular. It made way too much for our small turkey so we put the additional in a large 11x13 baking dish and I said "there is no way we will ever finish that" and here it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and we only have one serving left - we may have to battle to see who gets it!