Artisanal Bread Stuffing

Any crusty bread works in this stuffing recipe loaded with fennel and pine nuts. It's especially good served with roast turkey or chicken.

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Makes:
10 servings
Prep:
50 mins
Chill:
Maximum 24 hrs
Bake:
1 hr 325°F
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Artisanal Bread Stuffing

Ingredients
12
cups 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes artisanal bread, such as rosemary, dried tomato, or cheese (about a 1-1/4-pound loaf)
1/2
cup pine nuts
 
Nonstick cooking spray
6
tablespoons butter
4 1/2
cups coarsely chopped, cored fennel (reserve leafy green tops for another use)
1 1/2
1 1/2
cups pitted and sliced kalamata olives
3
tablespoons snipped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crushed
3/4
teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/4
cups chicken stock or broth

Directions

  1. Place bread cubes and pine nuts in a large roasting pan. Toast in a 325 degrees F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until bread cubes are crisp and pine nuts are lightly browned, tossing once. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly coat a 3-quart casserole with cooking spray; set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add fennel and onion; cook about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the olives, thyme, and pepper. Transfer mixture to an extra-large bowl. Add bread cubes and pine nuts, tossing to combine. Add chicken stock, stirring until moistened.
  3. Spoon bread mixture into prepared casserole. Cover with foil. Chill up to 24 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Let stuffing stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake, covered, for about 1 hour or until heated through. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

To serve right away:

Stuffing may be baked without chilling. Bake covered, for about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

(Artisanal Bread Stuffing)
    Per serving:
  • 315 kcal cal.,
  • 16 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 19 mg chol.,
  • 802 mg sodium,
  • 37 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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