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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... http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jht... 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.