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My son cannot imagine the Thanksgiving without this stuffing. When I am asking him, what he wants to have on our holiday menu, the answer stays the same year after year: mushroom-and-sausage stuffing and homemade gravy.

Simple and delicious, this stuffing could be used for poultry and pork as well. Fill with it a turkey, or serve in a bowl as a side dish, pouring gravy on top.

From leftovers make a casserole or frittata – the stuffing will fill you with taste, flavor, and warms.

Flavor variations in this dish could be endless. Use chorizo and taco seasoning for a Mexican note; chorizo and lots of paprika – for a Spanish dinner; Italian sausages and Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence – for a Mediterranean table; bratwurst, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cloves – for Moroccan mood.

It is a classical holiday pleasure for all taste buds.

 

  

 Ingredients 

  • 12 oz Italian sausage (or bratwurst, chorizo) 
  • 2-3 cups bread cubes (croutons) 
  •  2 sticks celery, diced 
  • 1-2 large apples, cored, peeled (if you wish), and cut into small pieces, mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice to avoid darkening 
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 5-10 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped 
  • 8 oz mushrooms (or cremini/baby bella), chopped 
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional) 
  • ¼ cup olive oil (or more as needed)
  • Salt 
  • Black pepper 

Spices and dried herbs to taste: 

  • 1 tbsp thyme 
  • ½ – 1 tbsp celery seed 
  • 1 tbsp fennel
  •  1 tbsp dried parsley 
  • ½ tbsp oregano 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 

                Or 

  • 2-3 tbsp Herbs de Provence or 2-3 tbsp Italian seasoning 

 

 

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Remove casing from the sausages. Using scissors cut the sausages into the pan. Cook the sausage pieces over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, or until the sausages are browned and cooked through.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are slightly brown.

Add the celery and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Add croutons, apples, jalapeno, garlic, nuts, herbs and spices. Cook for 5 more minutes.

Add the sausages with their melted fat and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Let it stand for the flavors to develop.

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  • Tip:

You can prepare the stuffing a day before, and then just reheat it.

 

 

Cook with pleasure!

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