Pear and Sausage Stuffing
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing and brushing
- 1 (20-ounce) loaf white bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
- 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 12 ounces mild Italian pork sausage (casings removed if the sausage is in links)
- 2 ripe USA Pears, stemmed, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade turkey stock
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 3-quart casserole dish with butter.
Spread the bread cubes on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast them in the oven until lightly browned, 12 to 20 minutes (depending on the moisture content of the bread). Combine the toasted bread cubes, parsley, and sage in a large bowl; set aside.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft and translucent and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Add the pears and continue cooking until they are just soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in the stock, add the pepper, and bring it to a simmer. Pour the contents of the pan over the bread cubes and toss until evenly moistened. Taste and add salt as needed.
Loosely pack the dressing into the prepared dish and cook, uncovered, until the top forms a deep crust, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe and Styling by Andrea Slonecker (@andreaslonecker)
- Serving Size: 8 oz
- Calories: 420
- Fat: 22g
- Carbohydrate: 40g
- Dietary Fiber: 8g
- Protein: 17g