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Bread and Sausage Stuffing

Bread and Sausage Stuffing
Use this savory mixture to stuff our Sage-Rubbed Turkey (see related recipe at right). Spoon any extra stuffing into a buttered baking dish and bake it alongside the turkey during the last 40 minutes of roasting. While the turkey rests, keep the stuffing in the oven to develop a golden brown crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf sourdough French bread, about
     1 lb., cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casings
     removed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, white and light green portions,
     chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper,
     to taste

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350ºF.

Spread the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

In a large fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sausage, onion, leek, celery and sage and cook, breaking up the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the meat browns and is cooked through and the vegetables are translucent, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and fold in the bread cubes, parsley and half-and-half. Stir in the stock until the mixture is evenly moistened. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely before stuffing into the cavities of the turkey. Serves 8 to 10.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Entertaining, by George Dolese (Oxmoor House, 2004).