Holly’s Pilgrim Stuffing | PCC Natural Markets

Holly’s Pilgrim Stuffing

Yield: Enough to stuff two 12- to 15-pound turkeys or a 9x13 pan

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vegetarian iconVegetarian corn-free iconCorn-free egg-free iconEgg-free peanut-free iconPeanut-free soy-free iconSoy-free

My friend Holly and I make this stuffing almost every Thanksgiving. My family begs for it. The better the bread that you use, the better the stuffing will be. Choose bread that is savory or neutral, not sweet.



Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut an X on the flat side of each chestnut. Place in a baking dish and bake about 20 minutes, until the shell comes away from the meat. Set aside and let cool.

Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onions and sauté until soft. Cut bread into small cubes and place in a large bowl. Add celery, apples and cranberries, and toss. Add butter and onions and work fat into the bread mixture.

Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup hot water into skillet used for the onions and heat water. Pour this over the bread mixture and work in with hands. Peel chestnuts, cut into pieces and add. Add all the herbs, salt and pepper. Taste the mixture. Make sure the taste pleases you. If needed, add more seasonings.

The stuffing is now ready to be put into the turkey cavity. You also can put it in a covered 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350° F for about 45 minutes to use as a side dish.

Recipe by Cynthia Lair, PCC Cooks instructor

Source: PCC Sound Consumer, November 2010

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Fresh cranberries?

This recipe looks wonderful, but I have one question: fresh cranberries? Sounds unbearably tart, no?

Holly's not-at-all tart stuffing

The dressing is not at all tart. The fresh cranberries are minimal and are mellowed by the baking and the other sweet flavors (like apples!). Try it. I promise you'll like it.

14 to 12 cup water?

I'm guessing this should be 1/4 to 1/2 cup water? I think I would use a broth for a veg version cooked sans turkey...

Thank you - measurement fixed

Yes the water should be "1/4 to 1/2" cup. Thanks for alerting us to this error and it has been fixed. Also using a broth sounds like a great idea. thanks for the suggestion - Nancy, PCC Web team

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