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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nature's Pride: Honeycrisp apple and sausage stuffing

Confession: I am obsessed with Thanksgiving foods. OBSESSED! My absolute favorite dish at Thanksgiving time however, is my dad's sausage stuffing. My sisters and I gobble it up. (LOL gobble)

So when Nature's Pride hosted a contest on Foodbuzz, I knew what I had to do. Recreate Dad's stuffing with a healthy twist and with fresh bread instead of breadcrumbs.

Through Foodbuzz's tastemaker program, I received a free coupon for a loaf of Nature's Pride bread.

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I chose 12 grain because it's hearty, whole-wheat and full of flavor. Perfect for my stuffing!

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I used 4 cups of bread cubes which equals 5 slices of bread.

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Leaving the bread cubes out overnight so they harden up would work best but I didn't have a lot of time. I laid the cubes out on a cookie sheet, sprayed them with EVOO and toasted them in the oven. (400 degrees for 5-6 minutes but keep an eye on it.)

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For the sausage, I used some sage pork sausage which I cooked with celery and red onion. I'm normally not a celery person but it gives this stuffing some delicious crunch.

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Then I slowly add in the bread cubes, butter, broth and 1 diced honeycrisp apple. Put it in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.

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The onions and the apple caramelize while cooking, leaving a fantastic sweetness throughout the stuffing.

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And yes, I know stuffing isn't photogenic but MAN is it good! I ate this for dinner last night and for lunch today. YUM! Totally gets me in the mood for fall.

Want the recipe?

Ingredients

1 pound Sage Sausage (feel free to use pork, turkey, non-meat whatever!)
1 large red onion, diced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 large Honeycrisp apple, diced
5 slices Nature's Pride bread, cubed and toasted
1 cup veggie broth (chicken is fine)
1/2 cup melted butter (I highly suggest Kerrygold butter, unsalted)
Salt to taste* (I didn't salt mine)

Cook sausage, onion and celery together in a large skillet. Make sure to crumble sausage while it cooks.

As soon as the sausage is cooked through, add in bread cubes, broth and butter. Stir to combine.

Add in honeycrisp apple pieces last, then transfer to a 9X13 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

This post & recipe are part of a contest entry to win a trip to the Foodbuzz Festival in November.

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18 Comments:

At September 28, 2010 at 1:43 PM , Anonymous Green Dog Wine said...

LOVE this idea - when Mike was helping me brainstorm he thought stuffing was the other "winner" of the ideas - so as far as I'm concerned - you and I are DEFINITELY two of the 2010 FB Festival Nature's Pride Ambassadors! Hopefully Nature's Pride thinks so as well!

(PS - do we need to do anything special to submit it to them for consideration or are they just watching all our sites?)

 
At September 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Blogger Mo Diva said...

genius! i better post my recipe huh! dont wanna miss out!

 
At September 28, 2010 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Janetha said...

oh YUM. this looks SOOO dang delicious. honeycrisps are my favorite :D

 
At September 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM , Anonymous Clarice said...

You recipe is inventive. I have mine written but haven't post it yet. Good luck.

 
At September 28, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

Yummmmmmmmmm!! Omg, this looks amazing!!!!! I will have to make this for us with GF bread.

 
At September 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM , Blogger All Things Yummy said...

Oh yum!. That is almost exactly like my stuffing recipe only I add toasted pecans.

 
At September 28, 2010 at 3:55 PM , Anonymous kalin said...

weird fact about me: i don't like eating stuffing but i ADORE making it. it just smells so darn good!

 
At September 28, 2010 at 4:42 PM , Blogger REBrown said...

I love that you didn't have to cook it inside the bird. Being southern we always had it outside and it was so delicious...baked to a crispy brown!

REBrown

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At September 28, 2010 at 4:44 PM , Anonymous ashleigh said...

That looks wicked good! I hope you guys win!

 
At September 28, 2010 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Mari said...

Yums that look great! Andy is right...you ARE a great cook!

The only thing missing is that cranberry sauce that you made last year lol

 
At September 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM , Anonymous Motivating Myself said...

I was never a fan of stuffing when I was a kid.. I think it was because we always had that weird box stuff. I like it now as an adult and what you made looks and sounds delish!

 
At September 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Josie said...

I LOVE stuffing!! sounds so good! I really have to try adding apple, that's genius

 
At September 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM , Anonymous sophia said...

gah, I still haven't received my coupon!! Something is wrong...But I do love this stuffing! My friend bought a Honeycrisp apple today and she paid $2 for one. It is crazy expensive!

 
At September 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM , Blogger the actor's diet said...

i seriously heart stuffing

 
At September 29, 2010 at 4:22 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I LOVE stuffing, but mine always turns out mushy. :(

Might have to try this!!!!

 
At September 29, 2010 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Liz said...

Stuffing is one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods! I hate to admit though that I am a Stovetop girl through and though lol We have tried several other recipes but I just can't find anything else I like as much. This looks delicious though so maybe I can finally kick my Stovetop habit :)

 
At September 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM , OpenID kaitlinwithhoney.com said...

This sounds so good! And are honeycrisp apples the bomb, or what?

 
At September 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM , Blogger kat said...

I'd totally eat that as a main course!

 

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