Sunday, November 11, 2012

Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Stuffing

Serves 8 Hands-On Time: 50m Total Time: 1hr 45m Ingredients • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish and foil • 1 large loaf Italian bread (about 1 pound), cut into 3⁄4-inch pieces (about 16 cups) • 2 medium onions, chopped • 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced • 2 Gala apples, cored and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces • kosher salt and black pepper • 1/2 cup dry white wine • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth • 2 large eggs, beaten • 1 cup dried cranberries • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Directions 1. Heat oven to 375° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Divide the bread between 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake until dry and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Spread the pecans on a third rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes; chop. 2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, apples, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender and beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the wine and cook until evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes; transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. 3. Add the bread, broth, eggs, cranberries, pecans, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt to the mixture and toss to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with buttered foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned, 20 to 30 minutes more. Tip Don’t be tempted to upgrade your bread for this recipe. Sourdoughs and crusty country breads will yield dense, heavy cubes that can weigh your dish down. Soft, thin-crusted loaves from the supermarket make the best stuffing.

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