Here’s the only tip: don’t skimp on the bread. Get a good, sturdy whole grain sourdough loaf.
1-1/2lb.Good sourdough breadcut into 1" cubes
2Granny Smith applesdiced
3/4lbSweet Italian sausage
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the bread cubes in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes or until quite dry and beginning to brown. Remove to a large bowl.
Add pinenuts to same sheet pan and place in oven. Toast for about 5 minutes until just beginning to brown. When cool add to bread cubes.
In a large sauté pan, add olive oil and melt the butter. Add the onions, celery, apples, parsley, sage, thyme sprigs, salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Add to the bread cubes.
Remove sausage from casings. In the same sauté pan cook the sausage over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Add to the bread cubes and vegetables.
Remove thyme sprigs. Add the chicken stock and cranberries to the mixture, mix well, and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned on top and hot in the middle. Serve warm.