Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing

Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing from The Law Student's Wife

In the fourth grade, my wise homeroom teacher doled out an assignment that I’ve repeated every November since.

Each member of the class was to write a list of 100 things for which he or she was thankful. The items could be big or small—they need only be sincere.
Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife
The exercise made an impression on my 10-year-old self. Each Thanksgiving, I still sit down to write my annual “Thankfulness List.” It’s incredible how much I take for granted, how many insignificant annoyances blind me to my blessings on a daily basis. The Thankfulness List gives me to pause to recognize how wonderful my life truly is.

Among my numerous blessings, one that falls somewhere between “Health” (so easy to overlook!) and “Lazy Weekend Breakfasts” (yes, those merit genuine gratitude) lies The Pleasure of Celebrating Three Thanksgivings.
Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife
That’s three times the turkey, three times the stuffing, and three times the pumpkin and pecan pies (choosing only one dessert would be far too difficult, so I don’t.) The first two Thanksgivings I celebrate with family, one side on Thursday and the other on Friday. It’s double the fun and double the food coma.

Memo to self: Add stretch pants to this year’s Thankfulness List.

And Thanksgiving #3? Meet FRIENDSGIVING. A Thanksgiving celebration the weekend prior to Turkey Day, Friendsgiving is a dinner party amongst pals where each brings a favorite holiday side to share.
We celebrated Law School Friendsgiving on Sunday night with a group of Ben’s classmates. Check out our stellar spread. 
 Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife
I’m a little selfish with dinner parties. I can’t help but bring a dish of which I know I’m going to want thirds! Enter SAUSAGE, APPLE, and FENNEL CORN BREAD STUFFING.
Sausage, Apple, Fennel, and Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife

I have the seemingly paradoxical habit of watching the Food Network while working out (which results in dishes like this), and when I saw Paula Deen make a southern-style corn bread stuffing, I knew I had to make my own version. Thank you elliptical.

For my SAUSAGE, APPLE, and FENNEL CORN BREAD STUFFING, I borrowed Paula’s technique of transforming the corn bread into croutons that drink up the yummy liquid.
Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife

And that’s about where the similarities end. I wanted the texture of the corn bread but a more traditional flavor profile (and a significantly lighter dishsorry, Paula). This SAUSAGE, APPLE, and FENNEL CORN BREAD STUFFING flawlessly marries the southern flair of corn bread with the rich fall flavors of apple, fennel, and sage.

Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife 
Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife
Oh, and did I mention it’s fantastic? SAUSAGE, APPLE, and FENNEL CORN BREAD STUFFINGwas my first-ever taste of corn bread stuffing, and ladies and gentleman I am a believer. The texture from the corn bread delivers and is a tasty improvement on standard sourdough. No way can I want 365 days to have this dish again!
Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife
To the fennel shy: If you abstain from fennel because you hate black licorice, I am with you. I avoided fennel like the plague until this year, because I typically can’t stand anise anything (anise’s taste resembles black licorice), and fennel does have a mild anise flavor when raw; HOWEVER, the anise note completely changes in this dish. Cross my heart, this dish does not taste like black licorice. The fennel simply complements the other ingredients. If you are still skeptical, you can certainly leave it out, though I’d encourage you to be brave and go for it!

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving three times, one time, or simply order a pizza, I hope this week finds you surrounded by blessings. Wishing you lots of love, gratitude, and second helpings galore!

Sausage, Apple, and Fennel Corn Bread Stuffing

Sausage, Apple, Fennel, and Corn Bread Stuffing | The Law Student's Wife  

Make ahead note: Prepare the corn bread croutons and sausage mixture up to two days in advance. Store the croutons in an airtight container at room temperature and the filling in the refrigerator. When ready, mix together, add the chicken broth and eggs, and bake away.

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Adapted from this recipe

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About Erin Clarke

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6 comments

  1. OK, I’m all in as a follower! Plus, I’m gunning for a reversible retro pot luck apron. http://www.etsy.com/listing/100827626/reversible-retro-potluck-red-apron Come on, lucky seven! Daddy needs a new apron for Xmas! (Plus, the stuffing? Winner! You can put fennel on my Cherrios in the morning and I’d be happy!)

  2. As a first year law student, when I saw your comment on Maggie’s blog I just had to stop over! lol This stuffing looks absolutely delicious. Love the combination of flavors!

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