Raisin apple stuffing
From Grandma to Aunt Rose to cousins, siblings and neighbors, everyone claims to have “the best” stuffing recipe ever. But stuffings are like martinis: What’s “best” is based solely on the palate.
When you want a simple stuffing that appeals to many ages and tastes, try this simple raisin apple stuffing recipe.
Raisin apple stuffing
- 2 red onions, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 1 stick butter (not margarine)
- Salt and pepper
- 4 cooking apples, such as Granny Smith or McIntosh, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon anise seed
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 4 to 6 cups chicken broth
- 3 eggs
- Grainy mustard
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
- 8 cups toasted pumpernickel bread cubes
- 8 cups toasted sourdough bread cubes
- Soft butter
- Turkey, pork or ham pan drippings (optional)
- Melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add onions, garlic and celery and saute for 1 minute.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add apples, thyme, anise seed and raisins. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
- Pour in 4 to 6 cups of chicken broth, depending on how moist you like your stuffing. Stir until mixed well and the broth is hot.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and stir in a scoop of mustard, parsley and tarragon.
- Add the bread cubes and stir to coat.
- Add the hot broth mixture and gently toss to incorporate all ingredients.
- Spread the mixture in a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
- Dot the top with butter or drippings from roast turkey or pork or baked ham.
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F.
- Uncover and bake 20 minutes more until the top is golden brown and the apples are cooked through.
- If your market doesn't have Granny Smith or McIntosh apples, ask the produce clerk which apples are best for cooking and baking.
- This dish can be prepared several hours ahead and baked right before serving.
- Stuffing complements turkey, ham or roast pork.
- Fresh herbs are essential to this recipe; it's best to choose another option if you only have dried herbs available.
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