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Stuffing recipe for someone who doesn't like stuffing

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So I'm going to have a late Easter dinner with some friends (one of whom will be doing some of the cooking at my place), involving a roast turkey, sweet potatoes in lemon-ginger cream sauce, and possibly ricotta gnocchi (not sure about dessert yet), but here's my problem: I'm the only person in the crowd who hates stuffing. I find it kinda disgusting, but everyone else likes it and my Mom, oddly enough, volunteered me to make the stuffing, and I can't think of anything I'd like.

Any ideas? I don't want anything super-heavy or with too much celery. Also, one of my dinner guests can't eat mushrooms, so anything with mushrooms is out. I'm thinking that I might like something with nuts and/or fruit, be it fresh or dried, but other than that, can't come up with anything. I have until Tuesday to decide on something.

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  1. Would a cornbread based stuffing appeal to you and your friends?

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    1. re: HillJ

      Yes, a cornbread stuffing would be nice.

      1. re: persephonesgift

        take some stale, unsweetened cornbread, add onion, celery and other tasties, sage and herbs, and cook for a bit in the oven. it won't turn to mush like bread stuffing (which I also hate)

    2. I'm sure you were volunteered because you don't like stuffing and she wanted you to be able to pick a recipe you might want to eat. If I were you, I'd just get rid of the whole "stuffing" paradigm--bread, celery, and the like--and come up with any mixture that could be stuffed. How about some roasted veggies and rice? Or rice, nuts, and fruit? Or spinach, chickpeas, chorizo and rice. Just think "cramming mixture" rather than traditional stuffing and you'll come up with something good. I like rice, but you could use quinoa or bulgur or some other grain or grain-like pasta, such as orzo.

      And if the mixture isn't actually going in the bird (I never actually use stuffing as a stuffing), then you can be as creative as you like.

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      1. re: Isolda

        Hmm, that sounds interesting... I was thinking something with fruit and nuts, so that could work...

        1. re: persephonesgift

          Along those lines, I made this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... one year for Easter (to stuff a chicken) and it was very well received. I subbed dried cherries for the dried cranberries.

          ETA: if you can't see/use the link, the name of the recipe is Wild-Rice-Stuffing-with-Hazelnuts-and-Dried-Cranberries

        2. re: Isolda

          With that in mind, how about something like the Zuni bread salad but done as a stuffing.

          http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/4401342...

          1. re: c oliver

            Ooh, ooh, ooh! I LOVE the Zuni roasted chicken, but haven't tried the bread salad yet. Thanks for reminding me!