Traditional Craisin and Toasted Pecan Stuffing


Getting a later start to the day than usual. I went to vote this morning and the line was out the door. I have NEVER had to wait more than 10 minutes to vote. It was crazy. But, I waited and then my daughter and I went out to breakfast. So, everything is a bit off today. I hope if  you are able (and in the US) that you either have voted or will be voting today. I truly believe it is our responsibility as citizens to do our part and vote. We may not like the choices we have to make but we need to go out and do our part.

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I went very traditional this past weekend with our Thanksgiving dishes. Usually I make an Italian sausage stuffing (or dressing) for our dinner. But, I wanted to make it a bit lighter this year. I switched out the Italian sausage for Craisins and added toasted pecans to the mix for a bit of crunch. All but one preferred this stuffing for Thanksgiving. Thought they all really like the Italian sausage stuffing it is much heavier and with this lighter stuffing they felt like they could eat more of everything.

This recipe makes a big batch. There was plenty to use as stuffing (cooked in the turkey cavity) or dressing (cooked in a separate bowl from the turkey).

Cranberry and Toasted Pecan Stuffing

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 10 minutes prep. and 30-40 minutes baking
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 15 cups diced dried bread, small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup Craisins
  • 2/3 cup pecans, toasted in oven and salted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (if making dressing) or to temperature recommended on your turkey if making stuffing.
  2. In a large bowl mix together bread cubes, pecans, sage, thyme, black pepper and Craisins.
  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion to skillet. Allow celery and onion to soften.
  4. Pour onion mixture over bread mixture. Add chicken stock and stir well.  Stuff into turkey allowing enough room that stuffing can heat to appropriate temperature or place in a glass pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in glass pan 30 -40 minutes until heater through or if stuffing turkey according to package directions.

 

 

19 Comments Add yours

  1. YUM! This has me super excited about “Fat Pants Day” AKA Thanksgiving.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      We actually had to tell my son this year that pants are required for dinner. Lol. He put on his sweatpants!

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      1. HAHAHAHA!! Yes!! I’m so on his team!! #teamnopants

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  2. spearfruit says:

    I like this recipe – yummy! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you are doing well today!

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  3. suesuzzz says:

    Gurl!!!
    I am just falling in love with your blog!!!
    Such great ideas …So happy to have got connected on here : )
    Hugggs
    Suzette

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Awe, thank you so much!

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      1. suesuzzz says:

        You most welcome gurl!!!
        But I should be and I am thanking you most of all!!!!…
        Huggggs
        Suzette

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  4. I voted! Nice change for a lighter stuffing!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Glad you voted. I am a huge believer in everyone voting in all elections!

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  5. naniattyblog says:

    that looks so good:)

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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    2. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

  6. Beth says:

    I think I will try this recipe for our Thanksgiving gathering this year! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours1

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks, Lynn! Hope you are all well. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      1. I am way behind in visiting and has been a bit long but doing well. Have a great weekend xx

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          You too!

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