Sausage Stuffing and Potato Puree
Ingredients: 2 packages breakfast sausage 1 cup finely chopped fennel 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 1/2 cup finely chopped leeks 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1/4 raw foie gras, diced, optional 1 cup golden raisins soaked in hot water and drained 2 pounds crusty French bread, cubed, placed on a tray and left out overnight Fresh thyme leaves Fresh sage leaves Toasted fennel seed 6 large lightly beaten eggs 2 to 3 cups chicken stock Salt and freshly ground black pepper
“Use a crusty (non-sourdough) French bread and add in raisins and fennel.”
Directions: Cook sausage in large sauté pan over medium heat until browned. Remove pan from heat and set aside saving the sausage fat. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon. Cut into 1/4-inch pieces. Set aside. Place pan back on the stove over medium heat. Add chopped fennel, carrots, celery, leeks, onion, and garlic. Sauté about 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, place the sausage, sautéed vegetables, foie gras (if using), raisins, bread cubes, thyme, sage, and fennel seeds to taste. Thoroughly mix in eggs. Slowly add just enough chicken stock until mixture is moist. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in a large gratin dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven. Uncover and bake until browned. Serves 8.