I’ve made many different stuffings over the years and I keep coming back to this one. The turkey sausage, cranberries and apple make a wonderful flavour combination.
- 5 cups of toasted bread cubes
- 1 pound of turkey sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped celery
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cups dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup organic turkey or chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons unsalted organic butter, melted
- To prepare your own bread cubes, preheat oven to 350F. Spread the cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat. When the outsides are brown, transfer to a cutting board and chop coarsely. Return sausage to skillet and add onions. Continue cooking until sausage is evenly browned.
- Add the celery, sage, rosemary and thyme. Cook for 2 minutes to blend the flavours.
- Pour the sausage mixture over the bread cubes in the large bowl. Mix in chopped apple, dried cranberries and parsley. Drizzle with the broth and melted butter. Mix lightly and allow the stuffing to cool completely before loosely stuffing the turkey.
This recipe will easily stuff a ten pound turkey. Since I’m usually cooking a 25 pound turkey, I always double the recipe! It turns out great every time.
Not Stuffing a Turkey?
This stuffing can be baked in a 350 F oven. When baking it outside the turkey, you will need to add more broth. You want the stuffing to be moist, but not mush. Add stuffing to one or two buttered casserole dishes. Bake covered for 30 minutes, drizzle some extra melted butter on top and bake an additional 10-15 minutes uncovered to create a nicely browned and crisp top but soft interior. To create more flavour depth, drizzle some of the pan juices from the roasted turkey over the top just before serving.
Short on Oven Space?
Use a crockpot or slow cooker and cook the stuffing on low for 3-4 hours. The moist heat and even cooking simulates the inside of a turkey. The stuffing could be crisped up in the oven for 10-15 minutes before serving once oven space frees up.
Leftover turkey? Try this recipe for Turkey Soup.