Savory Herb Dressing with Sausage, Apples and Nuts

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This aromatic and flavorful stuffing will elevate any meal, whether you're planning a festive holiday feast or simply looking for a comforting side dish. The combination of savory sausage, crisp apples, and crunchy nuts brings together a perfect blend of textures and tastes. The sausage provides a rich and savory base, while the apples add a touch of natural sweetness, and the nuts lend a delightful crunch for a delightfully harmonious dish. 


1 lb. maple sausage
4 cups diced Granny Smith Apples
3 celery ribs
2 onions chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2-3 cups chicken broth or more for moister stuffing
10-12 cups dried bread cubes
1 Tablespoon Poultry Stuffing and Seasoning Blend
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 beaten eggs
1 cup dried cranberries
1 ½ Cup toasted pecans or walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Butter 15x10x2-inch baking dish. 

Sauté sausage in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, crumbling coarsely, about 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to large bowl.

Pour off any drippings from skillet.

Melt butter in same skillet over medium-high heat.

Add onions, apples, celery and seasoning blend to skillet; sauté until onions soften, about 5 minutes.

Mix in dried cranberries.

Add mixture to sausage, then mix in bread cubes and chopped parsley and Poultry Stuffing and Seasoning Blend to taste with salt and pepper.

Add enough broth to moistened stuffing but not too much or stuffing will be soggy.

Mix beaten eggs into stuffing and stir to incorporate into other ingredients.

Cover with buttered foil and bake until heated through, about 45 minutes.

Uncover and bake until top is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Fluff well and serve.

You may do a vegetarian version by omitting the sausage and using vegetable broth instead of chicken.

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