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Farro and Sausage Stuffing

This stuffing relies on a nutty grain called farrow as its base, plus richly-flavorful sweet sausage to round it out.

  • Servings: 10
  • Yield: Makes about 8 cups (enough for one 18 - pound turkey)

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2004

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces sweet Italian sausages, casings removed, meat crumbled
  • 1 fennel bulb, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 1/4 cup chopped fronds
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups farro
  • 10 ounces Tuscan kale, ribs discarded and leaves thinly sliced crosswise (11 cups)
  • 1 3/4 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • Narrow strips of zest from 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add sausage; cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until deep golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove meat; set aside.

  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil, the fennel, onion, and garlic to pot. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring, until fennel and onion are softened, about 5 minutes. Add wine; cook until reduced by half.

  3. Stir in 2 cups water, the farro, kale, stock, zest, 2 tablespoons fronds, 1 tablespoon each rosemary and oil, and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer until farro is tender, 15 minutes. Stir in sausage, 1 tablespoon rosemary, and 2 tablespoons fronds. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Serve, or immediately pack loosely in turkey cavity, and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of stuffing registers 165 degrees.

Cook's Notes

Farro, also called spelt, is available at health-food stores. If you can't find Tuscan kale, use regular kale instead.

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