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Hearty holiday dishes



Published: Wed, November 13, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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When collecting recipes for holiday gatherings, forget about dishes that require hours spent in the kitchen and focus on quick, flavorful options that feature an all-time favorite ingredient — sausage.

Not just for mornings

Add the same savory flavors you love in those beloved breakfast casseroles and sandwiches to your holiday menu for delicious results.

Are you in need of an easy appetizer to serve guests before the big meal? This Sausage Crostini recipe combines fully cooked Jimmy Dean Hearty Sausage Crumbles with melted mozzarella cheese, peppers and onions atop crunchy, toasted French bread for a quick, hassle-free appetizer that’ll have everyone coming back for more.

When it comes to deciding on dishes for the main event, stuffing is an all-time classic and a must-have on any holiday menu.

Add a unique twist to a simple holiday classic dish with this Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with savory Jimmy Dean Sage Pork Sausage, cornbread and pecans. This flavorful stuffing is guaranteed to become a new family favorite.

For other delicious recipe ideas, visit www.jimmydean.com.

Sausage Crostini

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 30 servings

2loaves French bread (8 ounces each), each cut into 15 slices

1/4cup olive oil

1package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1package Jimmy Dean Hearty Original Sausage Crumbles

11/2cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

2/3cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1onion, finely chopped

1/3cup finely chopped fresh basil

11/2teaspoons finely chopped rosemary (optional)

1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush both sides of bread slices with oil; place in single layer on baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until both sides of each bread slice are lightly toasted, turning after 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, sausage crumbles, mozzarella cheese, red pepper, onion and basil in large bowl. Stir in rosemary and cayenne pepper, if desired.

Top bread slices with sausage mixture.

Bake 7-10 minutes or until topping is thoroughly heated. Serve warm.

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

1package Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sage Roll Sausage

2cups chopped celery

1cup finely chopped onion

4cups coarsely crumbled cornbread, toasted

1/4cup chopped fresh parsley

1teaspoon poultry seasoning

1cup chicken broth

1egg, lightly beaten

1/2cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook sausage, celery and onion in large skillet over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until sausage is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain. Spoon into large bowl.

Add cornbread, parsley and seasoning; mix lightly. Add broth and egg; mix just until blended. Stir in pecans, if desired.

Spoon into lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish; cover.

Bake 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated, uncovering after 35 minutes.

Cook’s Tips: For the 4 cups crumbled cornbread needed to prepare recipe, bake 1 package (8.5 ounces) corn muffin mix according to package directions for pan of cornbread. Cool, then coarsely crumble. To toast crumbled cornbread, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread cornbread onto bottom of large shallow baking pan. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring after 5 minutes.


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