Sausage and Kale Stuffing

Sausage and Kale Stuffing

Makes about 12 cups, enough for 14 servings
This delicious stuffing is rich and rustic if you use whole wheat bread, lighter using white.
  • 1 loaf whole wheat or white hearth bread (20 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 11 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound fresh breakfast sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 bunch kale, tough stems removed, leaves very thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Honeycrisp, Fuji, or other crisp apples, diced
  • 2 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Heat oven to 300°F. Spread bread cubes out on a large baking sheets and bake, stirring once, until dried but not browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up chunks with the side of a spoon, until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer sausage to bowl with bread with a slotted spoon. Return skillet to medium heat and add half the kale and 1/4 cup water. Cook, stirring, until kale is wilted; stir in remaining kale. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until kale is tender, about 8 minutes, adding more water by tablespoons if necessary. Add onion, garlic, celery and butter and cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in apples and cook 3 minutes. Scrape vegetable mixture into bowl with bread and toss. Add broth, thyme, salt and pepper and toss again.

If using to stuff a turkey, cool completely before stuffing. If baking separately, heat oven to 350°F; bake in a buttered casserole dish until lightly browned and crisp on top, 50 to 60 minutes.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 230 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 570mg sodium, 28g carbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 11g protein.
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