November 12, 2019
Cranberry Sausage Stuffing
Cranberry Sausage Stuffing
This recipe takes the traditional holiday side dish and replaces part of the cornbread with whole wheat bread. This simple substitution will add nutritional benefits without compromising flavor.
Replacing regular white bread with whole wheat bread will incorporate whole grains into this recipe. Whole grain foods are a great source of fiber which can help to reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and reduce your risk of heart disease and aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
Another great switch is using turkey sausage in place of pork sausage. Turkey is not only a lean meat, but it is also a great source of zinc which will promote a healthy immune system. Turkey is also high in B-Vitamins to aide in heart health.
1 cup of cranberries contains 25 calories! This low calorie superfood also provides antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Not only do traditional holiday dishes pack on the calories, fat, and sugar, added sodium is also a concern. Learn how to rely on the flavors of herbs and spices to provide most of the flavor without any additional sodium!
Key Techniques & Helpful Hints
- Frozen cranberries (not thawed) or fresh cranberries can be used in place of dried cranberries. Pulse the cranberries in a food processor to chop then measure to 3/4 cup and add to the stuffing mix.
- For the vegetarians, replace the sausage with roasted butternut squash, turnips, parsnips or other root vegetables to this recipe!
- Do you prefer cooking with fresh herbs? Remember dried herbs have double the strength as fresh herbs so you only have double the amount of fresh herbs!
- Lots of holiday leftovers? For breakfast, heat slices of leftover stuffing in the toaster and top with a cooked egg.
- 1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread
- 3 3/4 cups cubed day-old cornbread
- 1/4 pound ground turkey sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped celery
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 golden delicious apple, cored and chopped
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 1/4 cup low sodium turkey stock or chicken
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
15 servings, 210 Calories
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spread the whole wheat and cornbread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake until evenly toasted,
about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl and set aside until ready to use.
3. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly
browned for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.
5. Pour sausage mixture over bread in a bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, and parsley. Drizzle with
turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly.
6. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until internal temperature
7. Serve immediately or keep warm. The serving size is 1/2 cup.
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