Southern Cornbread Stuffing With Chicken Apple Sausage

Gluten Free Southern Cornbread Stuffing with Chicken Apple Sausage

Gluten Free Southern Cornbread Stuffing with Chicken Apple Sausage

Summary

Gluten Free – Kosher – Vegetarian Option.   Makes 12 cups

Ingredients

2 cups pecans or chestnuts, chopped (already peeled chestnuts available at gourmet grocery stores)
6 leeks (about 1 pound, white and pale green part)
4 ribs celery, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil
1/2 lb. chicken apple sausage, uncooked (about 4 links) omit for vegetarian option
2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1/2 cup packed fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Prepare cornbread and let cool. Cut corn bread into ½ inch cubes and in a large shallow pan toast bread cubes in oven for 20 minutes.

Transfer corn bread to bowl. Toast chopped pecans or chestnuts in oven (using pan from cornbread) for 5 minutes, until lightly toasted.

Halve leeks lengthwise and then cut crosswise into ¼ inch pieces. In a bowl of cold water wash leeks well and drain. In a 12 inch skillet cook leeks and celery in butter or coconut oil. Add salt and pepper and continue sautéing until leeks are tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Remove sausage from casing and cut into small pieces. Add sausage to pan and cook over medium heat until sausage is thoroughly cooked, about 5 minutes. Add leeks, chopped apples and sauté another 2 minutes.

To bowl of cornbread cubes, add toasted pecans or chestnuts, sausage mixture, dried cranberries, orange zest, chopped parsley, fresh thyme and chicken stock.

Stuffing can be made to this point one day ahead, covered and refrigerated.

To cook stuffing outside of turkey:
Place stuffing in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 325 for 60 minutes. For moist stuffing, bake covered with foil.
For slightly crisp stuffing, uncover halfway though baking time.

To cook stuffing inside of turkey:
Place stuffing in turkey cavity immediately before roasting turkey.

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