Special Herb Dressing Recipe
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Special Herb Dressing Recipe

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Our budget was tight when our children were small, so I cooked with ground beef often. Nowadays, I make this creative casserole simply because we love it! —Trudy Williams, Shannonville, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:14-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 14-16 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh celery leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 cups day-old bread cubes
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, apples, onion, parsley and celery leaves; cook 6-8 minutes or until mushrooms and apples are tender. Add cranberries, garlic and seasonings; cook 2 minutes longer.
  2. Place bread cubes in large bowl. Add meat mixture; stir in broth. Spoon into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake 35-45 minutes. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Originally published as Special Herb Dressing in Country Woman September/October 1995, p38

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oregonmary 8325
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Instead of bread I am going to use rice. Wish me luck!!"

Mayflower726 11198
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Haven't tried it yet but wondering if that should be 1 or 2 cups of bread crumbs - 12 cups seems a bit much..."

MGMcIsaac 16327
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"How do you fit 12 cups bread cubes into this recipe?"

seqprint 16263
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"Sounds tasty. If the author reads this, please advise what main dish or menu you serve with this special dish. Thanks!"

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