Dressed Up Boxed Dressing

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Recipe and Photography by Karen Gerard

Yields 8 cups

We all secretly love a pile of store-bought stuffing. This recipe adds homemade oomph and lots of flavor to pre-packaged bread crumbs.

2 tbsp olive oil

16 oz ground sweet Italian sausage

1 tart apple, peeled and cubed

2 celery ribs, finely diced

2 tbsp each chopped fresh sage, rosemary, thyme

4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups dry stuffing mix

3 cups water or vegetable stock

2 tbsp butter

Pour stuffing mix into a large mixing bowl. Brown Italian sausage in a skillet and remove with a slotted spoon to the mixing bowl. Discard grease and add olive oil to skillet with chopped herbs, garlic, celery, and apple. Saute on low until celery, garlic, and apple have softened. Add to mixing bowl and toss with sausage and stuffing mix. Bring water or vegetable stock to a boil with butter and immediately pour over stuffing mix. Gently mix with a fork and then cover with plastic wrap or a dinner plate. Fluff with a fork before serving.

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