Special Prize Winning Holiday Stuffing

  • This is a prize winning stuffing recipe that I think you’ll find interesting.  It has a lot of different flavors all mixed in together, and is what would be considered a healthy recipe.  You can substitute any ingredients you want, like turkey sausage  in place of regular sausage, or I like to use a rice called “pecan rice” in a little box, in place of wild rice, or mix the two together.  This recipe turns out real good, so I thought I would share it with you for the holidays.  This special stuffing has a novel mix of ingredients: Cranberries, wild rice, hazelnuts, apples, sausage,and a splash of orange liqueur–                                                                                                                                                                                                            1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins ;  1/4 cup orange liqueur or orange   juice ;          1- 1/4 cups chopped celery ;  1- 1/4 cups chopped onion ;  1/4 cup butter ;  1 tsp. poultry seasoning ;  1  8-oz. pkg. herb-seasoned stuffing  mix ( 2 cups) ;  2 cups peeled, chopped apple  (2 apples) ; 1/2 lb. bulk pork sausage, cooked and well drained ;  1 cup cooked wild rice ;  1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or slivered almonds  ;  1/2 cup snipped parsley ;  3/4 to 1 cup chicken broth ;  Salt and pepper to   taste                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In a small saucepan bring cranberries or raisins and orange liqueur or orange juice to boiling.  Remove from heat and set aside.                                                                                                                                                                                             In a large skillet cook celery and onion in hot butter till tender.  Stir in poultry seasoning; set aside.  In a large bowl combine stuffing mix, apple, cooked sausage, wild rice, hazelnuts or almonds, and parsley.  Stir in the cranberry mixture and celery-and-onion mixture.  Drizzle with enough chicken broth to moisten, tossing lightly.  Season with salt and pepper.   Use to stuff one 8- to 10-pound turkey.  Or, bake, covered, in an ungreased 3 quart casserole in a 325 degree oven for 40 to 60 minutes or till heated through.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nutrition information per serving:  376 cal. (39% from fat) 16 g fat, 12 mg. chol., 9 g pro., 47 g carbo., 3 g dietary fiber, 771 mg sodium.  U.S. RDA: 13% iron, 12% vit. A, 13% vit. C, 34% thiamine, 17% riboflavin, 24% niacin.              Thank you to J. Hill, Sacramento, Calif. for the great recipe!

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