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Cornbread, Wild Mushroom, and Pecan Stuffing

  • yield: Makes 8 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cups crumbled Cornbread
  • 5 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces wild mushrooms (chanterelles, oyster, and shiitake)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Homemade Chicken Stock

Cook's Note

If you bake this stuffing outside the turkey, add chicken stock, and bake in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish until the stuffing is crusty and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve the extra cornbread to your guests.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spread pecans on a baking sheet. Place in oven to toast until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet. Cut cornbread into 2-inch-thick slices. Place, cut side down, on a 17-by-12-inch baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter. Toast cornbread until golden brown, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  3. Step 3

    Heat remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet on medium high. Add shallots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper; cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add white wine; continue cooking until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add cream. Cook 30 seconds; remove pan from heat.

  4. Step 4

    Crumble cornbread into a large bowl. Add mushroom mixture and toasted pecans; toss.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 1999

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