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Artichoke, Sausage, And Parmesan Cheese Stuffing

Sourdough bread complements the Italian flavors in this stuffing from Bruce Aidells.

Courses: Side dish
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

15 cups 3555mlCubed (1
3 tablespoons 45mlOlive oil
1 1/2 lbs 681g / 24ozItalian sweet sausages - casings removed
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozChopped onions
3/4 cup 82g / 2.9ozChopped celery
2 cups 186g / 6.6ozGarlic cloves - minced (large)
1   Frozen artichoke hearts - (8 oz) - thawed, and coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons 10mlChopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon 5mlChopped fresh mint
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozFreshly-grated Parmesan cheese - - (abt 3 oz)
1 cup 237mlLow-salt chicken broth - or more if needed
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide bread between 2 baking sheets. Bake until cubes are dry but not hard, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and saute until cooked through, breaking up with back of fork, about 5 minutes. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Saute until celery is soft, about 10 minutes. Mix in artichokes, thyme, and mint; saute 2 minutes longer. Transfer sausage mixture to large bowl. (Bread and sausage mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately. Store bread at room temperature. Refrigerate sausage mixture and reheat to lukewarm before continuing.)

Add bread to sausage mixture; toss to blend well. Mix in cheese, then 1 cup broth. Season with salt and pepper.

To bake stuffing in turkey: Loosely fill main cavity and neck cavity of turkey with stuffing. Add enough broth to remaining stuffing to moisten slightly (1/4 cup to 3/4 cup, depending on amount of remaining stuffing). Generously butter baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into prepared dish. Cover dish with buttered foil, buttered-side down. Bake stuffing in dish -- alongside turkey or while turkey is resting -- until heated through, about 25 minutes. Uncover stuffing in dish. Bake until top of stuffing is slightly crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.

To bake stuffing in dish: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish. Add enough extra broth to stuffing to moisten (3/4 cup to 1 1/4 cups). Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered-side down. Bake until heated through, about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is slightly crisp and golden, about 20 minutes longer.

"Bon Appetit, November 2002"


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