Sausage and apple cornbread stuffing
When Hallmark launched its Hallmark Health Rewards initiative, the foodservice department was looking for ways to take comfort-style recipes and make them healthier by altering a few ingredients. “We felt this approach was needed in our culture where there is such a significant number of manufacturing employees who were very used to comfort food diets,” says Christine Rankin, corporate services manager. This stuffing was one of the recipes included in the initiative.
3/4 lb. uncooked turkey sausage
3 tbsp. apple juice
1 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1 1/2 cups cored, diced apples
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
2 tsp. poultry seasoning
3 cups prepared cornbread
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
- Cook sausage thoroughly. Add apple juice and simmer until liquid evaporates. Set aside.
- Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and sauté until onions are translucent. Stir in apples, parsley, thyme and poultry seasoning. Cook about 3 minutes and remove from heat.
- Add cornbread and sausage to apple mixture. Stir in enough chicken broth to moisten. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place stuffing in prepared pan and bake in 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
Recipe by Hallmark (Kansas City, Mo.)