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Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing

 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
16 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 45 min.

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 Johnsonville® Mild Ground 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

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Apple-Walnut Sausage Stuffing (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes
  • longer or until heated through and lightly browned. Yield: 16
  • servings (3/4 cup each).
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 358 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 785 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.