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Oct 24, 2006 01:54 PM

A different stuffing for Thanksgiving?

I would love to make something not so typical. Any great recipes?

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  1. I made a wonderful wild rice one last year and I threw in dried cranberries. the stuffing base was corn bread.

    there are a ton of variations on the internet for wild rice stuffing

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    1. re: pamd

      Do you have a recipe for this, or did you just wing it? It sounds really good...

      1. re: prunefeet

        here you go...

        2 1/4 cups chicken stock (+more to liking if too dry)
        1/4 cup wild rice
        4 tablespoons butter
        2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
        2 cups diced celery
        1 cup chopped onion
        4 cups homemade or bought corn bread stuffing mix
        1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
        bunch of dried cranberries to liking

        combine the chicken stock and the wild rice in saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender.
        In a large skillet melt the butter. Add mushrooms, celery and onion, cooking until soft.
        In a large bowl mix the cornbread stuffing and poultry seasoning. Add rice and vegetables, mix well. Bake in oven (I can't remember temp/time, just refer to any stuffing recipe) I added more chicken stock to make it less dry, winging it until I liked the consistency.

        1. re: pamd

          Thanks Pamd, this sounds really good and easy as well. I will try this with veg broth, since my bro is veg.

    2. I'm not sure what's considered not so typical; it seems like every region has a different idea of stuffing, but this one is my favorite and the rest of my family thought it was not so traditional... Martha has some other ones that sound good too, including one with grapes and wild rice!

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        Without the pecans and cherries, this is very close to our traditional stuffing which Hubby makes every year.

      2. Last year I made one with marinated artichoke hearts, and assorted roasted veggies. The stuffing itself was made with ciabatta bread. Very interesting - very Italian.

        1. Am I the only person who hates fruit and nuts in their stuffing/dressing?

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              1. re: TorontoJo

                Agree--I like a classic stuffing--compliments, rather than competes with the turkey; bread, onions, celery, lots of fresh herbs (my recipe also calls for chestnuts--very low flavor profile--feels "holiday-ish".) Don't forget to pour the turkey fat over before baking!

            1. re: Janet from Richmond

              I only like the dried cherries, but I usually use cranberries, otherwise, no other fruits!

              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                Agreed. And I'll include oysters and pork sausage in that list as well.

              2. I use the sausage chestnut stuffing in the Fannie Farmer cookboo- pretty traditional but chestnuts and sausage meat make a great combination.

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                1. re: emilief

                  My mother makes a sausage and chestnut stuffing from an ancient NYT article. It is wonderful. As a suggestion I get dried chestnuts from the Chinese grocery store so we eliminate the roasting and peeling stage. Just cook in water to reconstitute.