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Home » Food » Appetizers & Side Dishes » Chunky Apple Pecan Dressing for Turkey or Pork
Chunky Apple Pecan Dressing for Turkey or Pork
By Peter Sheppard, The New Fermenting Gourmet

This is the dressing I served at the Bobby Flay Shop Brew shoot and it was such a big hit I had to include it here. The main difference between "dressing" and "stuffing" is simple. Dressing is served as a side dish, separate from the bird; stuffing is actually cooked inside the bird, then put on the side. It is my humble opinion that you can never have enough dressing at the Thanksgiving table! (As seen on BBQ with Bobby Flay)

Ingredients
Yield: 8 cups of dressing
2 loaves French Bread (fresh or day old), cut into 1/2" chunk
2 Tbsp Rubbed Sage
1 Tbspdried Basil
2 cupslow sodium Turkey Broth
1 cupWhite Wine or Hard Cider (Riesling or Blackthorn Cider)
2 TbspUnsalted Butter
2 TbspOil
2 cupspeeled 1/2" chunk Granny Smith Apple
2 cups1/2" chunk (and destringed) Celery
2 cups1/2" chunk White Onion
1 cupFlat Leaf Parsley, chopped
2Sweet Lemons, juiced and zested
3/4 cupschopped Raw Pecans
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 300 F.

Arrange the cubed bread on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until very dry - but not burnt!

Set aside in a very large bowl to cool.

Raise the oven temperature to 325 F.

In a large skillet over a medium/high flame melt the butter and add the oil.

Add the onions and celery and toss to coat, sweating the veggies for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the apples and toss to coat, sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until the onions and celery are almost limp.

Add the cooked apples and veggies to the dried bread and season with sage, basil, salt, pepper and fresh parsley.

Toss the mixture with your fingers to incorporate well.

In the same pan you fried the veggies in mix up the turkey broth and heat along with the white wine, or cider, until it just barely simmers.

Pour the liquid into the bread/veggie mixture and toss with two wooden spoons.

Scrape the dressing into one large, or two smaller flat casserole dishes, (9" x 13" x 2"), that have been sprayed with no-stick.

Season each casserole with a little more salt & pepper.

Sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly over both casseroles and cover with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes, covered, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown the top.


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