This is my FAVORITE stuffing recipe BY FAR. We have made it every year the past few years and it is always a big hit. This recipe makes about 8-10 servings so half the recipe if you just have a small group. Oh man, this stuffing is good. It is sweet and savory and just plain amazing. This sausage stuffing is THE best!
3 c. whole wheat bread, cubed
8 c. white bread, cubed
2 Lb. sage sausage (Bob Evans brand works great)
2 c. chopped onion
2 c. chopped celery
1 1/2 Tbsp. dried sage
1 Tbsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 golden delicious apple, cored and chopped
1 1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley
1 2/3 c. turkey stock (chicken stock works too)
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. slivered almonds or walnuts (or any kind of nuts), chopped (optional)
Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes at 350-degrees or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted breadcrumbs to a large bowl. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat, stirring until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary and thyme. Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in apples, cranberries, parsley and almonds. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter and toss until evenly coated.
Spoon into 2 9x13 baking dishes and cook, covered for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.