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Sage, Onion and Smoked Bacon Stuffing

Smoked bacon, olive oil and freshly chopped herbs give this filling stuffing a rich, hearty flavor.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

Ingredients:

1 onion, finely chopped
3 strips organic or free-range smoked bacon, chopped
9 ounces cooked sausage meat (optional)
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
1 heaped tbsp. chopped fresh sage
salt and pepper
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
a little fresh parsley, chopped 

Directions:

1. Cook the onion and bacon in the oil in a saucepan on medium heat until the bacon is just beginning to brown.

2. Melt the butter, then add breadcrumbs and sage and season well. Stir in the beaten egg to bind the mixture together.

3. Place the stuffing in an ovenproof dish and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes, or until the stuffing is golden brown and firm to touch. Scatter the chopped fresh parsley over the stuffing just before serving it.

4. If you wish, you can also add nine ounces of cooked sausage meat when you add the breadcrumbs.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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