Wild Rice, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

Fresh thyme smells so amazing. It’s once of those herbs where using fresh makes a huge difference, in my opinion. It also keeps well in the fridge for quite a while, at least relative to other herbs, like basil.

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With this herb, I made another Thanksgiving-inspired dish this weekend, using a recipe of Emeril’s that was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America: Wild Rice, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing.

This recipe is called a “stuffing,” but it doesn’t really seem all that “stuffing-like” to me, in that it is lacking a key element – bread! However, the stand-in starch in this recipe is, instead, a favorite grain of mine – wild rice! I just love that chewy, nutty texture. This stuffing is somewhat similar to the Sausage and Apple Stuffing I made in my slow cooker (with bread cubes!) last Thanksgiving… except I liked this version with wild rice better!

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While my wild rice was cooking on the stovetop (until it was partially done, since it would later be baked), I did the following steps:

  • Sautéed diced apple, celery, garlic, thyme, and salt in a skillet
  • Browned 1/2 lb of pork sausage, and drained
  • Toasted 1/2 cup chopped walnuts in my toaster oven
    • Money Saving Tip: This recipe calls for pecans, but, to save money, I instead used walnuts, purchased from the bulk section of my grocery store. Pecans were around $10/lb, while the walnuts were $6.49/lb, and by purchasing from the bulk section, I was able to purchase only the small amount that I needed for this recipe.
  • Mixed partially-cooked wild rice, browned sausage, apple/veggie mixture, and toasted walnuts together

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Into a baking dish the mixture went, and then, covered, into the oven for around 30 minutes, until it came out looking like this!:

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I totally loved this dish. It was full of textures from the crunchy walnuts, chewy wild rice, and soft apples and onions. I also loved the contrasting sweet bites of apple against salty bites of the pork sausage. The fresh thyme added a fresh zingy flavor to the dish as well. A winner!

Emeril’s Wild Rice, Apple, and Sausage Dressing Rating: 8.5/10

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Ohmygosh I have to face reality after a long holiday weekend tomorrow. Daunting. Annoyed

Note Currently listening to: Endlessly – Muse.

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One thought on “Wild Rice, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

  1. Pingback: Top Dinner Recipes of 2011–Part II « Meg.Goes.Nom.Nom.

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