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Chestnut-and-Apple Stuffing

You can assemble the ingredients for this holiday stuffing up to two days ahead to save time (and stress!) on the big day. Look for peeled and roasted chestnuts in glass jars and foil packets.



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10 slices whole-wheat bread, cubed
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10 slices hearty white bread, cubed
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1 14-oz. tube soy "sausage" crumbled
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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1 large white onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)
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5 ribs celery, sliced (1 ½ cups)
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4 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
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2 tart apples, peeled and diced
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1 cup peeled and ready-to-eat roasted chestnuts, halved
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¼ cup chopped fresh sage
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1 ½ cups no-chicken broth


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread bread cubes in roasting pan, and bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until toasted.

2. Coat nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add soy sausage, and cook 5 minutes, or until browned. Toss sausage with bread cubes in bowl.

3. Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 7 minutes more. Stir in apples, chestnuts, and sage. Cover, and cook 5 minutes, or until apples are crisp-tender. Add to bread mixture. Stuffing can be prepared up to this point, sealed in a food storage bag, and refrigerated up to 2 days.

4. Increase oven heat to 350°F. Coat 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Toss stuffing mixture with broth, and season with salt and pepper. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes more, or until top is browned and crisp.

Nutrition Information: 

14 g
Total Fat: 
5.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
42 g
0 mg
600 mg
5 g
9 g
Serves 12

Comments on this Recipe

I just tweeted about this recipe. I love it so much. I made enough for a whole army for Christmas dinner. I substitute almonds for chestnuts and use three apples. Everything else I follow exactly.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I do love a good veggie stuffing! I would leave out the fake sausage. Even real sausage is unnecessary.

I love this! I've used this recipe since the article came out in 2007, and I've always used Morningstar Sausage as substitute, and my family raves over it, meat eaters and veg heads alike.