We don’t usually stuff our turkey. That method brings too much risk of salmonella, and the extended cooking time dries our the meat. So we simply serve a delicious, savory dressing with Italian sausage, apples and nuts as a side dish.
2 C low-sodium chicken broth
2 bags/1 box of stuffing bread crumbs/croutons
1 lb mild Italian sausage (out of the casing)
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 large apples, cored and diced
1 C walnuts, chopped
1 C dates, pitted and diced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot sweat the onions, garlic and celery. Season as desired with salt and pepper. Add and brown the Italian sausage and make sure it is crumbly. Add the apples and stir until well mixed. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired. Remember that the bread crumbs/croutons will soften the seasonings.
Remove the pot from the heat. Add the bread crumbs/croutons and nuts. Sprinkle in the dates. Stir until well-mixed.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9′ x 13′ baking dish. Transfer the dressing mixture to the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 40 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes.