This always goes fast, so I make a huge batch. Leftovers are great the next day—and the next!
|2||pounds||chestnuts, shelled and chopped|
|2||12-ounce packages||Jimmy Dean brand hot sausage meat*|
|1/2||teaspoon||freshly ground black pepper|
|3||loaves||dried, sliced bread**|
|*Substitute your favorite, uncooked hot sausage meat if this is unavailable in your local supermarket. Do not use link sausages.** **Arrange slices of bread on a baking sheet and place in a pre-heated 350-degree oven until dried on one side. Turn and repeat the process.|
Preheat oven to 350°
- Remove the crusts from the bread and cut the slices in to bite-sized pieces.NOTE: Place the crusts in your food processor and make fresh bread crumbs for another recipe. Freeze the crumbs in a sealable plastic bag.
- Heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet and add the onions. Cook until soft, but not browned. Add the celery and cook until soft.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and sauté the chestnuts for one minute.
- Place the onions, celery, and chestnuts in a large, spacious mixing bowl.
- Add the sausage, sage, cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper and mix well.
- Add the bread and mix until combined.
- Pour half of the broth over the bread mixture and use your clean hands to combine all the ingredients. Continue adding broth until the stuffing is moist but not wet.
- Fill both cavities of the turkey with the stuffing and secure, or place the stuffing in a 3-quart, 9x13x2-inch ovenproof baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and cook for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes to crisp the top.