Maria's Stuffin' Muffins
A Unique Way to Serve Stuffing
Emeril Lagasse and "Good Morning America" sent out the call to find the best stuffing in the country, and hundreds sent their recipes -- but only one could win.
Rose Anne Belluso from Flemington, N.J., entered her sister Maria Vitale's recipe : This is my sister Maria's adaptation of our traditional family recipe. This stuffing is sooooo good that we think the turkey should be the side dish and the stuffing the main event. It is the perfect combination of sweet and savory, moist and crunchy. Sometimes Maria puts the stuffing in muffin tins and we each get our own "indi" crispy on the outside, moist on the inside stuffing muffin. Sending this in will be a total surprise to my sister who would never have the notion to send it herself.
Place cornbread cubes in large mixing bowl.
Sauté sausage and onions in skillet until brown, breaking up sausage into small pieces. Drain in colander and transfer to bowl.
Melt butter in same skillet and sauté celery until crisp and tender. Add to bowl.
Add apple and remaining ingredients, except broth.
Mix all and then add broth until thoroughly moistened but not really wet.
Add eggs and baking powder. Mix well.
Place stuffing mixture in a large, greased glass casserole or in 12 muffin tins.
Bake at 325° for 25 minutes covered, 10 minutes uncovered for casserole and 25 minutes for muffins.