Savory Butternut Squash Dressing


This bread pudding-like stuffing, which you can make ahead, stays moist from the eggs and cream.

Savory Butternut Squash Dressing
Photo: Reed Davis
Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
8 (1/2 -cup) servings plus leftovers


  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

  • 2 cup chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed

  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut in 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 ½ cup half-and-half or light cream

  • 8 eggs

  • 1 ½ cup turkey or chicken stock or reduced-sodium broth

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage

  • 8 cup dried sourdough bread cubes


  1. In Dutch oven melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add shallots. Cook 1 minute. Add fresh cranberries; cook for 1 minute more. Add 2 cups chicken stock, the rice, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Return Dutch oven to medium heat. Add remaining butter, squash, and thyme. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Add onion and celery. Cook and stir 3 minutes more. Sprinkle salt and pepper; set aside.

  3. In bowl whisk together half-and-half, eggs, and 1-1/2 cups stock. Stir in cooked rice, squash, dried cranberries, sage, and bread cubes. Transfer to shallow 3-quart casserole dish. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for 30 minutes more or until golden. 8 (1/2-cup) servings plus leftovers


Prepare up to 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate. Reheat, covered, in a 350 degree F. oven, for 50 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

149 Calories
5g Fat
21g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 149
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 426mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 197mg 4%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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