Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing

Tasty, East-to-make Thanksgiving stuffing with a lot less fat and sodium

Cornbread stuffing, a Southern favorite, is a nice change from more traditional white-bread stuffing. Our delectable recipe uses Italian turkey sausage, rather than pork, and omits all the butter and cream to cut the fat by two-thirds. The stuffing is lower in sodium as well and so easy to make that it's sure to become a favorite side year-round.

IngredientsCornbread & Sausage Stuffing

  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, (about 4 links), casings removed
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds prepared cornbread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 12 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 -3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Directions

Cook 25 m | Ready In 50 m

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add onion and celery; cover, reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add cornbread, parsley and sage.
  3. Bring broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour 1 cup over the stuffing mixture and toss gently (the cornbread will break into smaller pieces). Add as much of the remaining broth as needed, 1/2 cup at a time, until the stuffing feels moist but not wet. Spoon the stuffing into the prepared pan and cover with foil.
  4. Bake the stuffing until thoroughly heated, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bake at 350°F until hot, about 30 minutes.
 
Nutrition

Per serving: 241 calories; Recipes makes 12 servings, scant 1 cup each

8g fat (3g sat, 0g mono); 28mg cholesterol; 34g carbohydrates; 9g protein; 2g fiber; 744mg sodium; 105mg potassium;

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium fat meat


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