Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing

Total Time:
3 hr 20 min
30 min
1 hr
1 hr 50 min

6 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 6 ounces (about 2 links) Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced on diagonal
  • 1 bulb fennel, cored, quartered and sliced crosswise, plus 1/4 cup chopped fronds
  • 1 medium Bosc pear, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, sage and thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 recipe Quick and Healthy Cornbread, cooled and coarsely crumbled, recipe follows
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Quick and Healthy Cornbread:
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) box corn muffin mix
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add the onion, garlic and sausage. Cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, until the onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add the celery and fennel; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

  • Toss the vegetable mixture with the pear, herbs, reserved fennel fronds, walnuts and cornbread; season with salt and pepper. Gently toss the stuffing mixture with 1/2 cup broth to moisten (adding more to moisten if needed); transfer to the prepared baking dish. Lightly mist a piece of foil large enough to cover the dish. Pour 1/2 cup broth over the stuffing and cover with the foil.

  • Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the stuffing and bake until golden around edges, about 30 minutes more.

Quick and Healthy Cornbread:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Lightly mist an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the egg white, water and buttermilk; stir in the muffin mix and wheat germ until incorporated. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center tests clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Calories 346; Total Fat 14.6g (Sat Fat 3.1g, Mono Fat 5g, Poly Fat 3.6g) ; Protein 13g; Carb 43g; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 18mg; Sodium 795mg

The healthier cooking choices for this stuffing dish start with a quick cornbread recipe made with wheat germ and egg white. The stuffing features a healthy serving of vegetables, and flavorful turkey sausage.

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