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Wild Rice Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Cranberries and Hazelnuts Recipe

Wild Rice Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Cranberries & Hazelnuts

Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit, Nuts, Turkey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
All of your favorite holiday flavors with a whole grain twist. Wild rice and nutty flavors make this a hearty, simple dinner.
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  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 links turkey Italian sausage
  • 3 oz dry wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 whole-wheat sandwich bread
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Cook rice according to package, it should take about 60 minutes to cook.
  • Toast slices of bread, and then pulse in a food processor until they resemble coarse bread crumbs.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, melt butter over a medium heat. Add chopped onion, celery, garlic and salt. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high and brown turkey sausage, crumbling as it browns. If needed, add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to help the process along.
  • Add veggies back into turkey along with cooked rice, cranberries, toasted hazelnuts and breadcrumbs. Cook for another, 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.


Wild rice stuffing recipe with turkey Italian sausage, cranberries and hazelnuts is perfect for Thanksgiving or other holiday meals.