Yay! Its the holiday season again! I figured maybe now that I am in my 30s maybe I should try to learn my way around the kitchen… That’s adulting, right? I mean you can’t just have wine for thanksgiving dinner, there has to be food? But in all seriousness, I really am trying to learn my way around the kitchen more and I’m having so much fun doing it!
Scroll down to get the complete recipe for Julia Turshen’s Sheet Pan Bread Stuffing with Sausage + Spinach, it’s definitely something you need to make this Thanksgiving! As for me, I can’t wait to try some more recipes from her cookbook, Now & Again. Her cookbook is set up as different menus and then at the end of each section she has ideas for reinventing the leftovers from her recipes, which I love because I always get bored with having the same thing over and over again.
Sheet Pan Bread Stuffing with Sausage + Spinach
Since stuffing rarely appears separate from Thanksgiving, it’s an inherently nostalgic and meaningful dish. I bake my stuffing on a sheet pan so the crispy-to-soft ratio is basically one to one. If you prefer it softer, bake it in a smaller vessel like a baking dish.
11⁄4 lb [570 g] country bread or sourdough bread, torn into bite-size pieces (about 9 cups)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb [455 g] Italian fennel sausages, casings removed
2 yellow onions, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
12 large fresh sage leaves, tough stems discarded, minced
1.5 cups [360 ml] chicken or turkey stock
One 10-oz [280-g] package frozen spinach, defrosted, squeezed dry, and roughly chopped
2 large handfuls of fresh Italian parsley leaves (a little bit of stem is fine!), finely chopped
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, finely diced
Preheat your oven to 400°F [200°C].
Spread the bread cubes on a sheet pan and toast, stirring now and then, until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Set the bread aside to cool. You can skip this step if you use stale bread.
Meanwhile, put the olive oil into a large pot over medium-high heat. Crumble in the sausage and cook, stirring now and then, until all of the fat is rendered and the meat is crisp and browned, about 15 minutes. Add the onions, celery, garlic, and 1 tsp salt to the pot and turn down the heat to medium. Cook the vegetables, stirring now and then, until slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and stock and turn the heat to high. Once it is at a boil, turn off the heat. Stir in the spinach, parsley, and reserved bread. Taste the mixture and season with salt if more is needed. Add the eggs and give everything one good final stir.
Line the sheet pan you toasted the bread on with parchment paper. Transfer the stuffing mixture to the pan and spread it out in an even layer. Dot the top with the butter. Bake until the top is browned and the edges are nice and crispy, about 25 minutes. Serve hot.