Recipe: Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Sausage and Apple Stuffing, from Cooking Light.
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(CBS News) This recipe comes courtesy of health, nutrition and fitness authority Cooking Light, which offers a lighter approach to some Thanksgiving classics. Cooking Light inspires readers to eat smart and live a healthier lifestyle, by translating cutting-edge nutrition research into recipes and guidance for the home cook.

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Sweet Italian sausage, chopped fresh fennel, and apple combine with tangy sourdough for a classic Thanksgiving stuffing.

Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

8 cups 1-inch sourdough bread cubes (about 12 ounces)
6 ounces mild Italian breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups chopped fennel bulb
1 cup chopped celery
3 cups chopped peeled Golden Delicious apple (about 2 medium)
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/4 cups no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet or jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly. Place in a large bowl.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pan, and cook for 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently to crumble. Add sausage to bread in bowl.

4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, and celery to pan; saute for 7 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in apple and garlic; saute for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add sage to pan; cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Add onion mixture to bread mixture; toss well to combine.

5. Combine chicken stock, apple cider, eggs, and black pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg mixture to bread mixture, stirring gently to combine. Spoon bread mixture into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until top of stuffing is browned.

Nutritional Information:

Amount per serving:

Calories: 166
Fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 1.8g
Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
Protein: 7g
Carbohydrate: 22.1g
Fiber: 2.3g
Cholesterol: 41mg
Iron: 1.9mg
Sodium: 310mg
Calcium: 62mg


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