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Dried Cherry-Sourdough Stuffing

What's good for the goose? A cherry-laced stuffing made with tangy sourdough bread. The mix gets flavored with the rich juices of the roasting bird.

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  • Servings: 6
  • Yield: Makes 10 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 cups finely chopped fennel
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery (from 2 stalks)
  • 3/4 cup minced shallot (from 2 large shallots)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped dried cherries (5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 cups 1/2-inch cubes sourdough bread (crust removed), toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups Goose Stock (from Crisp Goose) or homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook fennel, celery, shallot, garlic, and apples, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add dried cherries, wine, and herbs. Simmer for 3 minutes. Pour over bread in a large bowl. Stir in stock and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon 6 cups stuffing into goose cavity. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Transfer remaining stuffing to dish. Cover with parchment-lined foil. Bake stuffing for 45 minutes. Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. Uncover, and bake until top of stuffing is crisp and brown, about 15 minutes.

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