Herbaceous and fruity, the classic holiday dressing with a flirty twist.
Place the dried bread in a large bowl; set aside.
In a large sauté pan heated over medium high heat, melt the ⅓ cup (5 tbsp) butter.
Add the celery, onion, apples and sauté for about 4 minutes.
Add the sage, salt, pepper, garlic, and cranberries; mix well.
Add the sautéed items to the bread in a large bowl; toss well.
Slowly add the warmed wine (or broth if omitting wine) and continue to mix.
Add the warmed broth, slowly mix it in. More or less broth can be used, it is to the desired wetness/consistency.
Taste for salt and pepper, add more if needed.
Serve and enjoy.
I generally dry a fresh loaf of bread by removing it from the package, allowing it to sit out for a day, then continue to dry it in an oven that was heated to 350°F, turned off, then had the bread placed it in.
I have also torn fresh bread and allowed it to 'stale' in a paper bag for a couple of days.
Additionally, I have purchased bags for dried bread cubes from my grocery store bakery that are usually labeled 12 oz, which oddly makes about the same amount as a pound of freshly dried loaf bread.