Sausage and Kale Stuffing

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish

1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

4 stalks celery, chopped

2 onions, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 bunch kale (preferably Tuscan), stemmed and chopped

3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 large eggs

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

16 cups 1/2-inch stale white bread cubes (about 1 1/2 pounds)

4 ounces provolone cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 3-quart baking dish. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add the celery, onions, thyme, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook, stirring, until just softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs and parsley in a large bowl. Add the bread cubes and the sausage mixture; stir to combine. Fold in the provolone. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish. Cut the remaining 2 tablespoons butter into cubes and dot over the stuffing. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden brown, about 20 more minutes.

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