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Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing

Coming from an Italian family, I like to use lots of herbs and seasonings in my cooking. This treasured stuffing features Parmesan cheese, apples and walnuts.—Pamela Hewitt, Laguna Niguel, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (3/4 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 5 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 16 cups cubed day-old bread
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute the celery, onions, sage and thyme in butter until vegetables are tender. Transfer to a very large bowl; cool slightly. Stir in the cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • In the same skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add to celery mixture. Add the bread cubes, apples, broth and walnuts; toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish (dish will be full). Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through and lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 358 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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