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Special Herb Dressing

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • oregonmary
    Nov 28, 2011

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

  • Mayflower726
    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
    Sep 13, 2010

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

  • seqprint
    Nov 24, 2009

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