I have made this several times and each time it comes out perfect with lots of flavor. I substitute plain bread crumbs for the bulgar (just because bulgar is so hard to find in my local grocery stores) and the texture is not compromised at all. I use less bread crumbs than the amount of bulgar that is called for in this recipe. The fresh sage and dried cranberries are wonderful and add lots of flavor. The kitchen will smell like Thanksgiving dinner. The aroma of this dish is wonderful!