December 10, 2011

Family Circle Apple-Sausage Stuffing

I'm lucky that my husband will normally eat my food without complaints. However, the one complaint that he frequently voices about my culinary skills is my lack of ability to make a dish more than once. My husband claims that if he likes a dish and tells me how much he enjoys it, he will never see it again. I think he has now gotten to the point that he never tells me if he loves something for fear that it will never make an appearance at the dinner table again in the foreseeable future. The one exception to this rule is the holidays. I am pretty stuck in my ways about what I like to fix at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Every once in a while I will try a new variety of mashed potatoes or biscuit, but the main food categories still remain. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving this year I decided to experiment with new side dish recipes and came across a recipe for Apple-Sausage Stuffing in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, which looked easy to prepare and a great new way to make a traditional holiday side dish.

This recipe has 13 ingredients. It takes approximately at hour to prep and cook, and makes 8 servings. All the ingredients I was easily able to find at my local grocery store. I used homemade chicken stock and whole-wheat bread which I made the day before to save time during dinner prep. Since I don't salt my chicken stock I had to add a larger amount of salt than if I had bought store bought stock. I found the stuffing to be too dry with the amount of chicken broth stated in the recipe, I would suggest adding additional stock until the stuffing looks sufficiently moist. As written the stuffing was too dry for my family's liking. I would also suggest making sure that your cubes of bread are small enough for them to get toasted adequately. Normally I would always use homemade bread, but this recipe I think might actually work better with store bought. I found that the consistency of the homemade bread didn't work as well as I would have liked. Part of that could have been due to the fact that 10 slices of homemade bread can be vastly different than 10 pieces of store bought. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I liked the combination of the granny smith apple and the sweet sausage in this stuffing. It lent a nice sweet/tart taste to the overall flavor of the stuffing. I think I would have preferred white bread for the bread cubes. The whole-wheat was a little over powering to the rest of the flavor. White bread would allow the flavor of the granny smith and sausage to shine through more effectively. Overall, this recipe would work well as a side dish for poultry or pork and takes very little prep. 

For the recipe go to Apple-Sausage Stuffing.

12 comments:

  1. Here's a tip I use that might help - I write a weekly menu (so I'm not stuck every day trying to figure out what to make - and I shop accordingly so I have all the ingredients and things don't go bad). Anyhow - I save my weekly menus and look through them every week and choose meals I haven't made in awhile that we really liked. I also used to type out my recipes and add them to my cookbook - but I got really behind at doing this.

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  2. I too don't have much culinary skills. I try to look at recipes and make food that obviously my husband will like.

    From MBS, I'm already your follower so I just gave youa +1 and added you to my Google circle. Here is my page if you would like to connect.

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  3. Your newest follower I have a linky party every Tuesday & Thursday! I would love it if you would link something up!
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  4. well I think I was already following! lol!
    Kim@madeinaday!

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  5. I am your newest follower, please follow me back at lefthandedideas.com

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  6. Please note that I'm following you from my other Google profile http://www.blogger.com/profile/14518589760310702529 because blogger won't let me follow anymore from this one. It says I'm following too many.

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  7. I'll bet the aroma of this makes you want to eat it more!! yumm

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  8. @Serena I am great about writing lists, my problem is that I get bored of recipes quickly :) I always am wanting to try something new! Great suggestions!

    @Pinkim Followed you back, have a great evening!

    @Mom Daughter Style Followed you back on Google+ :)

    @The Lovely Mrs. P I already follow you also :)

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    @momto8 It did smell yummy cooking!

    @The Blonde Duck I love stuffing also, it's yummy :)

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  9. The Chef makes an apple sausage stuffing that must be fairly similar to this one... we LOVE it!

    Thanks so much for visiting us on our SITS day! With two young children, it is taking me some time to get around to everyone's blogs... love yours and who isn't always looking for some ways to save some money in the budget? Hope you found some recipe ideas to try out. :)

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    1. I hope you had a great SITS day! Thanks for the sweet comments :) I will definitely be checking out your page in the future, have a great week!

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