Recipe: Sausage and Apple Bread Stuffing

Sausage and Apple Bread Stuffing combines the tartness of an apple and the sweet sausage flavor .. a truly winning combination.
I know Stove Top advertises the thinking that you should have stuffing instead of potatoes... well as a potato lover.. sacrilege!   BUT... that doesn't mean I don't love a good stuffing... so why not make both...  you do on the holidays... so why not other times?  ... and leftovers... well... they speak for themselves.. many a time I caught my son with spoon in hand raiding the fridge...
You can use any kind of sausage you want..  I use a basic breakfast sausage that comes in  a tube... you can usually find in by the bacon in the grocery store.
This recipe is not one to use with Italian sausage...  which makes a good sausage stuffing too.. just not this one.... the seasoning would be different and it would be sans the apple... so if you want an Italian sausage stuffing this recipe is not for you.
There are many sausage flavors though, that you could try...  I saw a chicken sausage seasoned with sage.. that might work quite nicely.
I use dried seasoned bread cubes you can buy that are specifically for making stuffing.. you can use fresh bread also... I'd recommend drying it out a bit before making the stuffing... unless you prefer a softer stuffing.  Remember to add seasoning.
I used chicken broth to moisten the stuffing.. you can also replace some of the chicken broth with apple juice.. to strengthen the apple flavor in this.
These directions are for a casserole... if you want to actually stuff your turkey.. follow stuffing instructions that usually come with the turkey.
Try this really delicious stuffing... it's perfect with turkey or even chicken.

Recipe:  Sausage and Apple Bread Stuffing
All you need:

4 cups of seasoned dried bread cubes (homemade or store bought)

1/2 pound breakfast sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled (See TIPS)

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

All you have to do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 9 inch square baking dish or equivalent with butter flavor cooking oil spray.

In a large skillet melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions and celery and cook about 5 minutes... make sure the onions do not brown.. turn the heat down if necessary.

In a large bowl.. combine all the ingredients until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the top begins to brown.

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