I grew up on boxed stuffing, which certainly isn’t bad but think about what it is – over-seasoned bread cubes in a cardboard container.
For the longest time I’ve been loyal to a cornbread stuffing with dried cranberries from Cooking Light that I’ve adapted so much that the original recipe developer probably wouldn’t recognize it.
This year I realized that there is a world beyond cornbread stuffing, however delicious it might be, and opted to experiment with a whole wheat baguette and the various ingredients I had in my fridge: apples, chestnuts and sour cherries.
Homemade stuffing is a little bit time-consuming, but if you’re making it on Thanksgiving day, this recipe’s saving grace is that you can cook it on the stovetop, leaving your oven free for more important things, like a big fat turkey.
- 1 day-old loaf whole wheat baguette, cubed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4¼ cups homemade vegetable stock
- 1 cup celery, medium dice
- 1 cup white onion, medium dice
- 1 clove garlic, mince
- 2 small Granny Smith apples, medium dice
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage
- 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 healthy pinch of ground cinnamon Salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic and leeks. Stir occasionally. Season with salt.
- When onions are translucent and celery is tender, add the apples, chestnuts, thyme, sage and cinnamon and check the seasoning. Sauté for 5 more minutes; stir to incorporate all of the ingredients.
- Add the toasted bread to the skillet and add vegetable stock, until bread is completely moistened. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir to combine so that flavors are evenly distributed.
- Let cook about 20 minutes more, stirring and adding stock as needed every 5 minutes. Put stuffing inside of the turkey or serve in a large bowl.
- NOTE: If you can't purchase your bread in advance you can cut it into cubes and toast them on a rimmed baking sheet in a 350 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes. They should be crunchy, like croutons, but not browned.
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