Harvest cornbread stufting

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
12 cups Day old cornbread; cubed 1\"
2 pounds Sausage; casings removed
1 cup Pitted prunes
4 tablespoons Chopped fresh sage or 2 ts dried
4 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons Butter
\N \N Salt and pepper; to taste
3 cups Chopped onions
4 tablespoons Fress thyme or 1 T dried
6 \N Ribs celery; chopped
¼ cup Chopped parsley
1 cup Dried cherries
2 cups Chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 3500F. Place the cubed cornbread in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, the salt and pepper. and half of the thyme. Toss well and lay out on 2 baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until toasted slightly. Let cool at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Return to bowl.

2. Cook the sausage in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned, breaking up the meat with a spatula. (Pour:off the fat if too much accumulates during cooking.) Remove with a slotted spoon to cornbread, breaking up the'sausage more if necessary.

3. Place remaining olive oil and the butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook onions and celery to wilt for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring.

Stir in the- cherries and prunes, then cook 5 minutes more. Fold into cornbread.

4. Toss remaining thyme, the sage and parsley with the cornbread using a rubber spatula. Slowly drizzle in broth, ½ cup at a time, until moist to your liking. Adjust seasonings to taste. Cool completely to room temperature before stuffing the turkey.-Cook the stuffing in the turkey or heat, covered, in an ovenproof dish at 350 for 25 minutes before serving.

Yeild 16 cups (enough for a 20 - to 24 pound turkey).

Recipe by: Shelia Lukins "parade" 11-17-1996 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by Gr8seeksM8@... on Feb 14, 1998

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