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Sheet Pan Bread Stuffing with Sausage + Spinach

Sheet-Pan Stuffing with Sausage and Spinach

My mom always makes her families recipe for stuffing. However, I think I might just have to add this recipe from Julia Turshen for Sheet Pan Bread Stuffing with Sausage + Spinach.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • pounds country bread or sourdough bread torn into bite-size pieces (about 9 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound  Italian fennel sausages casings removed
  • 2 yellow onions diced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 large fresh sage leaves tough stems discarded, minced
  • cups chicken or turkey stock
  • One 10-ounce package frozen spinach—defrosted squeezed dry and roughly chopped
  • 2 large handfuls fresh Italian parsley leaves (a little bit of stem is fine!), finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter finely diced

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Spread the bread cubes on a sheet pan and toast, stirring now and then, until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Set the bread aside to cool. You can skip this step if you use stale bread.
  • Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Crumble in the sausage and cook, stirring now and then, until all the fat is rendered and the meat is crisp and browned, about 15 minutes. Add the onions, celery, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt to the pot and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Cook the vegetables, stirring now and then, until slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and stock, and increase the heat to high. Once the mixture is at a boil, turn off the heat. Stir in the spinach, parsley and reserved bread. Taste the mixture and season with salt if more is needed. Add the eggs and give everything one good final stir.
  • Line the sheet pan you toasted the bread on with parchment paper. Transfer the stuffing to the pan and spread it into an even layer. Dot the top with the butter. Bake until the top is browned and the edges are nice and crispy, about 25 minutes. Serve hot.
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