Roasted Fennel & Italian Sausage Stuffing

Roasted Fennel & Italian Sausage Stuffing

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From: EatingWell Magazine, December 2019

This homemade stuffing recipe is special because it comes complete with a sausage-making lesson from the Sausage King himself, author and famed business owner Bruce Aidells.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 6 cups cubed crustless whole-wheat sourdough bread
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons ground pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound pork shoulder butt, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 ounces sliced bacon or pancetta, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1½ teaspoons whole fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread bread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until dry but not hard, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Increase oven temperature to 450°F. Toss fennel in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil, ¼ teaspoon pepper and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Spread on the baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let cool for 5 minutes. Coarsely chop and add to the bowl.
  4. Meanwhile, pulse pork and bacon (or pancetta) in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and add 1 teaspoon each sage and thyme, garlic, fennel seed, ground fennel, 1 teaspoon pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt. Knead and squeeze the meat until well blended.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add onion, celery and the remaining 1 teaspoon each sage and thyme. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the bread. Add broth to the pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits, then add to the sausage mixture. Stir in parsley and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake until slightly crisp on top, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate sausage (Step 4) for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ⅔ cup
  • Per serving: 174 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 24 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 617 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 273 mg sodium; 325 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, ½ fat, ½ medium-fat protein

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