BEEF STUFFING WITH APPLES & CRANBERRIES

Beef Sausage Stuffing with Apples & Cranberries --
Lean Cut
  • Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes 10 to 12 servings.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner)
  2. 2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  3. 2 teaspoons onion powder, divided
  4. 2 teaspoons rubbed sage, divided
  5. 1-1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  6. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
  8. 2 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
  9. 1 bag (12 ounces) unseasoned dried bread cubes
  10. 2-1/2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  11. 2 cups diced peeled Granny Smith apples
  12. 1 cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEF STUFFING WITH APPLES & CRANBERRIES

  1. Combine ground beef, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage, 1/2 teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.  Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.  Remove beef mixture from skillet with slotted spoon into large bowl; set aside. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.  In same skillet, heat butter on medium heat until hot.  Add leeks, cook and stir 5 minutes.  Add leeks to beef mixture.  Stir in bread cubes, broth, apples, cranberries, remaining 1 teaspoon garlic powder, remaining 1 teaspoon onion powder, remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage and remaining 1 teaspoon salt to beef mixture.
  3. Spray 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Place beef mixture into prepared dish; cover with aluminum foil.  Bake in 350°F oven 30 to 40 minutes until heated through. 
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • You may substitute a fresh baguette, cubed and toasted, for unseasoned dried bread cubes.
  • For a drier stuffing, bake covered 30 to 40 minutes, then bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes until top of stuffing is crisp. 
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