Whole Grain Stuffing with Dried Fruit and Pecans

You might be surprised to find so many healthy ingredients in a stuffing, but they're delicious. The fruit gives an added sweetness to this traditionally savory dish.

Whole Grain Stuffing with Dried Fruit and Pecans

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    Ingredients

    4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 medium onion, diced into 1/4-inch pieces 1 teaspoon black pepper
    2 stalks celery, diced into 1/4-inch pieces 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage (2 teaspoons dried sage may be substituted) 3/4 cup dried cranberries
    3 to 4 cups milk (depending on wetness of the stuffing) 3/4 cup chopped pecans
    1 loaf whole grain bread, sliced, toasted and torn into 1-inch pieces

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    • 1

      Make-ahead tip: The stuffing mixture can be made several hours in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready to heat.

    • 2

      Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

    • 3

      In a large saute pan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and cook until slightly tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the sage and 3 cups of the milk and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

    • 4

      Place the bread in a very large bowl, add the milk mixture and the remaining ingredients. Mix until well combined and moist. If more liquid is needed add the additional cup milk.

    • 5

      Place the stuffing in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 40 minutes covered, remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove and serve warm.

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