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The Ultimate Stuffing Recipe

This foolproof stuffing recipe has just the right proportions so that it's never too spongy or too dry. It's a classic savory and sweet stuffing recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Stuffing, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 231kcal
Author Maike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

Cooking The Ingredients

  • Use a cast-iron skillet to cook the sweet Italian sausage over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break the sausage into small pieces.
  • Meanwhile chop garlic, onion, celery, dried apples, dried apricots, and parsley.
  • Melt oil and butter in a large skillet. Add a few fresh leaves of sage to the mixture. Sauté the celery, garlic, and onions for about 10 minutes until soft.
  • Remove the sage from the skillet and add the dried apples, apricots, and broth. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Make The Stuffing

  • Cut or tear slightly stale bread into small chunks. Transfer the bread pieces into a large bowl.
  • Use a small bowl to lightly beat two eggs and add to the bread. Pour the cooked mixtures to the cubed bread. Combine everything (using your hands).
  • Transfer the stuffing to baking dish and transfer it into the oven.
  • Cook for 25 minutes in the oven at 375° Fahrenheit.

Notes

BREAD - Stale bread is essential for making good stuffing. If you were to use fresh bread, you'd end up with a stuffing that is too soggy. If you only have fresh bread on hand, simply toast the in the oven at 300° for about 10 minutes. Then cut the slices into cubes and proceed as normal. 
SAUSAGE - I recommend removing the sausage from its casing before cooking it. It makes it easier to break down the sausage. 

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 673IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg