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Chestnut-Sourdough Stuffing with Apricots, Roasted Mushrooms, and Smoked Bacon

Makes: 8  servings Prep 55 mins Bake 425°F 15 mins Bake 375°F 15 mins Start to Finish 2 hrs  (plus time for stock)
Chestnut-Sourdough Stuffing with Apricots, Roasted Mushrooms, and Smoked Bacon


  • 10 cups  3/4-inch-cubed sourdough bread (about 1-1/4-lb loaf)
  • 1 pound  fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps quartered
  • 1 10 ounce package white mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 3/4 pound  sliced applewood-smoked bacon
  • 4 tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 4 large celery ribs, chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 7.4ounce jars peeled roasted whole chestnuts, coarsely crumbled
  • 1 cup  dried apricots (5 oz.) sliced
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon  chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon  chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups  Turkey Stock


1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F and arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Divide bread between 2 baking sheets, spreading out in a single layer. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, reserving 1 baking sheet.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Toss together mushrooms and oil on reserved baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Add to bowl with bread.

3. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over moderate heat, turning, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving fat and skillet; coarsely crumble bacon. Add three-quarters of bacon to bowl; reserve remaining bacon to garnish. Pour all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat into a heatproof cup and reserve.

4. Add butter, celery, and onion to reserved skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add to bowl and reserve skillet. Add 1 tablespoon reserved bacon fat and the chestnuts to skillet. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add to bowl along with apricots, herbs, and 1 cup stock; toss to combine. Let cool.

5. Set aside 8 cups stuffing for turkey. Transfer remaining stuffing to a 4-quart baking dish and drizzle with remaining 1 cup stock. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 425 degree F 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake until top is crisp and golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Garnish with reserved bacon and serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Turkey Stock

Yield: 5 cups Prep 5 mins Start to Finish 50 mins


  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • Turkey neck and giblets reserved from turkey
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 large celery rib, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups  chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons  dried juniper berries


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and brown neck and giblets, turning occasionally until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients with 4 cups water and simmer briskly, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 5 cups, about 30 minutes.

2. Pour stock through a sieve into a saucepan and discard solids. Makes 5 cups.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • cal.(kcal)170,
  • Fat, total(g)9,
  • chol.(mg)11,
  • sat. fat(g)3,
  • carb.(g)19,
  • fiber(g)2,
  • pro.(g)4,
  • sodium(mg)218,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet