Diane's Turkey Sausage, Apple and Walnut Dressing

Holiday Food Without the Guilt

GMA Recipes
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Diane Henderiks is a registered dietitian, the founder of Dianehenderiks.com and a "Good Morning America" health contributor.


  • 12 cups (40 cal per slice) whole wheat bread
  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2-3 apples (use a variety), peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage or 1t dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary or 1t dried
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme leaves or 2 tsp. dried
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 egg whites; beaten
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 275°F.

    Crumble bread into bite-sized pieces and place on baking sheets. Bake until dry but not browned, about 10 minutes. Cool & transfer to very large bowl (I use a big stock pot).

    Saute sausage in large, heavy skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes until cooked, breaking up with the back of a spoon. With slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a bowl and set aside.

    Add oil to same skillet and heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, apples, sage and rosemary. Saute until onion and celery soften; about 5 minutes.

    Return sausage to skillet and toss to combine.

    Pour mixture over bread. Add thyme, walnuts and pepper. Combine all ingredients together with hands.

    Add chicken broth. (Can be made one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate)

    When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.

    Mix in eggs, milk and broth. Season to taste with salt.

    Transfer to baking dish. Cover with foil and bake until heated through (about 40 minutes)

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chicken broth, turkey sausage, egg whites, skim milk

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