Makes:6 to 8 servings
While sausage in stuffing is nothing new, using smoked sausage adds an extra layer of meaty flavor. Pair that with pecans, dried cranberries, and a sprinkling of Old Bay, and you get a stuffing that’s rich and tasty all on its own—no need to drown it in gravy. To make it, simply throw cubed bread, cranberries, and pecans in a bowl, add the cooked sausage, and stir it all together with some broth, sautéed onions, and a couple of eggs. In a half hour, you’ll have a delicious homemade stuffing that’ll beat any box mix.
Game plan: This stuffing can be completely made ahead. Cool and refrigerate until ready to serve; rewarm uncovered in a 350°F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes.
1 (1-pound) loaf day-old crusty French or Italian bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cuppecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), plus more as needed
12 ounces cooked smoked sausage, such as kielbasa or andouille, medium dice
1 medium yellow onion, medium dice
1 1/4 teaspoonskosher salt
1/2 teaspoonOld Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups stock or low-sodium chicken broth
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with butter; set aside.
Place the bread, cranberries, and pecans in a large bowl and set aside.
Melt the measured butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until foaming. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to the bowl with the bread, cranberries, and pecans.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, salt, Old Bay, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the broth, stir to combine, and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Transfer the onion mixture to the bowl, add the remaining 2 cups of broth, eggs, and parsley, and stir until well combined and evenly moistened.
Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish and spread it into an even layer. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.