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Sweet Potato Stuffing with Persimmons and Plums

This stuffing is an upscale riff on the popular sweet potato-marsmallow casserole.

  • Servings: 6
  • Yield: Makes about 4 cups (enough for one 12 - pound turkey)

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2004


  • 3 sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ounce dried red plums (about 6 halves)
  • 2 ripe Fuyu persimmons
  • 2 teaspoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool; peel. Cut 1 potato into 1/2-inch cubes. Mash remaining 2 potatoes with butter.

  2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Soak plums in 1 cup boiling water until plump, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Dip persimmons in remaining water for 10 seconds each; rinse in cold water. Stem, peel, and core. Cut persimmons and plums into 1/4-inch-thick wedges.

  4. Stir together fruit, sugar, zest, and cardamom. Scrape in vanilla seeds. Add salt and pepper. Stir in potatoes.

  5. To bake stuffing: Cover with foil in an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven 15 minutes. Remove foil; bake until heated through, about 5 minutes more. To cook in turkey: Immediately pack loosely in turkey cavity; cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of stuffing registers 165 degrees.

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