Cornbread Stuffing with Andouille, Fennel, and Bell Peppers

Red peppers and fennel add sweetness and color to this southern-style stuffing.
8?10 SERVINGS

Recipe by Jeanne Thiel KelleyMatt and Ted Lee and Jamie Purviance

Photograph by Elinor Carucci

November 2009

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds purchased cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 12 ounces fully cooked andouille sausages (about 4), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus additional for sprinkling
  • 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 large egg

PREPARATION

  • Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Spread cornbread in single layer on large baking sheet. Bake until dry and lightly browned, 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage pieces; sauté until brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer sausage to large bowl.
  • Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add fennel, onion, and bell pepper; sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Sauté until onion is golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Add to bowl with sausage.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Add cornbread, thyme, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to vegetable-sausage mixture; mix gently. Whisk 2 cups broth and egg in medium bowl. Add broth mixture to cornbread mixture and toss. Transfer mixture to 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
  • Bake stuffing uncovered until crisp on top, about 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes.
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