Whole-Wheat Stuffing with Turkey Sausage

Get all the things you love about sausage stuffing (savory meat, fresh herbs, and lots of bread) without feeling stuffed yourself.

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  • Servings: 8
Whole-Wheat Stuffing with Turkey Sausage

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2010

Ingredients

  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (7 to 8 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 link (8 ounces) Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Arrange bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until dried out, about 8 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown sausage, breaking up meat with a wooden spatula, for 4 minutes. Stir in celery, garlic, and onion. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  3. Combine bread, sausage-vegetable mixture, stock, egg, parsley, thyme, and sage in a large bowl. Transfer stuffing to an 11-inch oval baking dish. Cover with parchment-lined foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Turn on broiler. Uncover stuffing, and broil 9 to 10 inches from heat source until top is golden brown and crunchy, about 1 minute. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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