Sausage-Chestnut Stuffing

Sausage-Chestnut Stuffing

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this healthy sausage-and-chestnut stuffing recipe is a lightened-up version of the must-have holiday side. 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.

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  • 10 cups cubed whole-wheat bread ( ½- to 1-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped chestnuts (see Tip)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage or 4 teaspoons dried
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-3 cups low-sodium broth
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked turkey sausage
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


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  1. Preheat oven to 275°F. Spread bread on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until dry to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees . Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and chestnuts; 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, sausage 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.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until golden brown, about 20 minutes more.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Toast the bread and store, uncovered at room temperature, for up to 2 days.
  • Cooked peeled chestnuts are available in jars in the baking aisle or with seasonal foods at many supermarkets.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 276 calories; 11 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 43 mcg folate; 27 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 227 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 98 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 334 mg sodium; 399 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, ½ vegetable, ½ lean meat, 1½ fat

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