This healthy Brussels sprouts-and-bacon stuffing recipe is a lightened-up version of the must-have holiday side. We love the soft texture and eggy flavor of challah bread, but any type of rustic, country-style bread works well. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, you can make this recipe moist or crispy. If you're an extra-moist-stuffing type, bake it covered for the full 50 minutes; if you like some crispy bits on top, follow the recipe as written: bake covered for about 30 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
10
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Spread bread on a large baking sheet and bake until dry to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a large bowl.

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  • Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and Brussels sprouts; cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes more. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add sage and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Scrape the mixture on top of the bread. Melt butter in the pan, scraping up any browned bits, then scrape onto the bread. Add broth to taste, bacon, cranberries and pepper to the bread mixture and stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spray one side of a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover the stuffing, sprayed-side down.

  • Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until golden brown, about 20 minutes more.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Toast the bread and store, uncovered at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; protein 7.1g 14% DV; carbohydrates 30.5g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2.4g 10% DV; sugars 6.4g; fat 11.8g 18% DV; saturated fat 4.5g 23% DV; cholesterol 37.2mg 12% DV; vitamin a iu 399.3IU 8% DV; vitamin c 14.5mg 24% DV; folate 72.7mcg 18% DV; calcium 64.1mg 6% DV; iron 1.8mg 10% DV; magnesium 18.6mg 7% DV; potassium 226mg 6% DV; sodium 235.3mg 9% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 24% DV; added sugar 4g.