A mellow stuffing that pairs up perfectly with the Maple Roast Turkey and Gravy. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, crumbling coarsely, for about 10 minutes. Remove sausage to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Empty pan of grease.

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  • Into the same pan melt the butter. Add the leeks or onions, apples, celery and poultry seasoning; cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the rosemary, dried cranberries and cooked sausage. Mix all with the dried bread cubes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Moisten with the chicken stock.

  • Stuff turkey with about 5 cups for a 14 pound turkey. Add additional chicken stock to moisten stuffing if needed. Remaining stuffing can be baked in a covered buttered casserole at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes to brown top.

Nutrition Facts

195.1 calories; protein 5.7g 11% DV; carbohydrates 26.6g 9% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterol 15.4mg 5% DV; sodium 468.4mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
This stuffing was incredible!!!!!!!!I think that it was one of my most "complimented" cooking efforts--and I cook all the time:)It made two pans (11x9) and i made one without onions and one with. I used onion instead of leeks and used about 2 cups. I absolutely think that the Italian sausage makes this recipe so if you can make it that way I highly recommend it. I added the broth last pouring a little over one cup over the ingredients in each pan then used a spatula to press the broth into the stuffing. I covered the pans and let the stuffing sit for about 30 mins and then baked as directed. One comment was it has a gourmet flavor another had leftovers for breakfast because they absolutely loved it and everyone basically just raved about it. Thank you so much for this recipe that made this Thanksgiving so special!!!!!!!!!!Peggy in Texas Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2009
This was really good stuffing.... but it would have been better with fresh cranberries. The dried cranberries just didn't give it enough flavor. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
This stuffing was incredible!!!!!!!!I think that it was one of my most "complimented" cooking efforts--and I cook all the time:)It made two pans (11x9) and i made one without onions and one with. I used onion instead of leeks and used about 2 cups. I absolutely think that the Italian sausage makes this recipe so if you can make it that way I highly recommend it. I added the broth last pouring a little over one cup over the ingredients in each pan then used a spatula to press the broth into the stuffing. I covered the pans and let the stuffing sit for about 30 mins and then baked as directed. One comment was it has a gourmet flavor another had leftovers for breakfast because they absolutely loved it and everyone basically just raved about it. Thank you so much for this recipe that made this Thanksgiving so special!!!!!!!!!!Peggy in Texas Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2008
This stuffing is incredible! Instead of leeks I used 4 cups of chopped onion. I also used Bob Evans Pork Sausage instead of sweet italian sausage. This was so moist and full of flavor. It made enough to stuff the turkey and fill a baking dish. It's worth the preparation and I'll definitely be making this again next year. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
Excellent easy and delicious. I did use the leeks - and three large leeks measured out to the 6 cups. I was worried about the large amount of leeks in the recipe but they were an excellent addition to the recipe and cooked down considerably. I did use turkey sausage as the recipe submittor suggested. I also used dried cherries instead of cranberries. About 3/4s of a 1-pound loaf of white bread produced 12 cups of bread cubes called for in the recipe which I toasted briefly in my oven as it preheated. This looked elegant on the table - very impressive. I baked it alone rather than stuffing my bird so I used just a bit extra chicken broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2007
Really 4.5 stars because of my "liquid dilemma"...see below. This is the best stuffing/dressing I have ever eaten. I've never been one to put sausage in my dressing...it just seemed too "unhealthy " but is it ever great! Because I like the convenience I substitute Pepperidge Farm Seasoned Bread Cubes (any type or combination...white/wheat/cornbread) for the do-it-yourself white bread cubes. Therefore I don't add any poultry seasoning...but don't leave out the rosemary! Here's the one problem I've had with this recipe each time...how much chicken stock to use? Since I make it as dressing (not stuffing which goes inside the bird) it comes out VERY dry with only 1 and 1/3 cans. This time I went to three cans but I can't seem to get the amount quite right...it was still somewhat dry. Despite my "liquid dilemma " this has been the most complimented on and most requested holiday recipe I've ever used...other than my Bourbon Cranberries! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2004
I got lots of great feedback on this stuffing. I made it to take to my daughter's Thanksgiving feast at school this week. I used 4 cups of onions instead of the leeks. It seemed like an awful lot of onion but once it was cooked it tasted great. Because the feast was at lunch time I made this the night before and heated it the next day. If anything I think it improved the flavor because it all had time to meld together. Just remember to factor in extra baking time if you do this. It really took quite a while for all that cold stuffing to heat up. However it would be nice to be able to make this the night before Thanksgiving and just heat it up on Thanksgiving leaving more time for all those other dishes that need your attention. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2005
I don't normally eat stuffing but this one is terrific and my family loves it. Even my four year old niece likes it. I use pedridge farm corn bread crumbs instead of white bread crumbs which gives it much more flavor and sauteed onions in garlic instead of leeks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2006
We have served this several years in a row and LOVE it. I do alter it a smidge by adding a little more chicken broth at the end (which I believe the directions forgot to tell you to add in the first place but it is in the ingredient list.) Instead of 1 1/3 cups I add 2 cups. This year I made it with sourdough bread and it turned out divine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
I took a chance and cooked this in a Crock Pot because I didn't have any more oven space available. It was fantastic! I set it at Low for 4 hours. The recipe was followed exactly otherwise. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
I tried this recipe about 3 years ago from allrecipes.com and my whole family loves it! It's the only stuffing recipe I use now. I don't go to the extent of drying my own bread cubes. I buy the pre-packaged one from the store and the recipe turns out great. You won't be dissapointed! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2009
This was really good stuffing.... but it would have been better with fresh cranberries. The dried cranberries just didn't give it enough flavor. Read More
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