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Countryside Harvest Stuffing

You are in for a treat when it comes to an original stuffing flavor. The addition of crunchy nuts, tart cranberries and tangy flavored mustard will benefit whatever protein you will be serving this Holiday season. And as for a good baking apple needed in this recipe, try one of these great crisp, baking apples: Jonathans, Jonagolds, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Winesap, Braeburn, Rome Beauty, Red and Yellow Delicious, Cortland or Gala.

Ingredients

For 4 people

Recipe

  • 12 - 14 cups dried bread cubes(see NOTE below)
  • 1 cup(s) chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • 1 rib celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1 cup(s) dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cranberry flavored mustard, optional
  • 2 cup(s) turkey or chicken broth*
  • 3 eggs

Countryside Harvest Stuffing Directions

  1. Place bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside. In a large skillet, add the nuts of your choice. Toss and toast over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from heat and add to bread cubes. In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat, add the celery and onion. Sauté about 4 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Add the apple and continue cooking and stirring until apples are softened, about an additional 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl of bread, adding seasonings and cranberries; toss. In another bowl, whisk mustard, broth and eggs until eggs are incorporated into broth. Add to bread bowl and toss lightly to combine.
  2. You can either stuff your bird with this or transfer to a greased baking pan to bake for 40-45 minutes at 375-degrees F, or until crispy on top. This is enough stuffing for a 14-16-pound bird but remember to pack into the turkey cavity loosely. This will allow the stuffing to expand and cook thoroughly. Serves 6-8
  3. *Try using apple cider or juice in place of broth.
  4. NOTE: This amount is generally 3/4 loaf of bread. Although you can make this delightfully fragrant stuffing using fresh bread cubes, I find that dried bread stands up to the liquids and the end result is crispy stuffing that has much more texture instead of a bread pudding-like consistency. And the best way to do this is layering your bread cubes on a sheet pan overnight inside your oven. Leave in the oven until needed for the recipe.
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