California Central Coast Recipes
Festive Dressing with Apples, Raisins, and Mushrooms
Festive Dressing with Apples, Raisins, and Mushrooms is my own recipe for making an unusually fragrant and savory dressing for stuffing poultry of any kind or as a side dish for seafood as well. Katie, my vegetarian niece, says "it's almost a meal in itself!"
I came up with this recipe many years ago and have been serving it to people ever since. Everyone seems to really like its fresh taste. The Golden raisins really make it a Californian-styled recipe. When combined with the Golden Delicious apples and mushrooms it's "oh-h la-la!"
The recipe below is enough for a six pound chicken. If you have a Food Processor, use it! It really speeds-up the prep time!
Preparation time: 45 minutesCooking time: 1 hour
4 cups fresh French bread , cut into half-inch cubes
1/2 cup Low-sodium margarine or butter
2 cups Fresh mushrooms , washed and chopped
2 cups White onion , chopped
1-1/2 cups Celery , chopped
2-1/2 cups,, Golden Delicious or Gala apples , cored and chopped. No need to peel off skins
1 cup Golden raisins
1/2 teaspoons Rubbed Sage leaves
1/4 teaspoons Thyme leaves
1 to 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Freshly cracked Black Pepper
Salt to taste
1 In an extra-large skillet, add the butter or margarine to the skillet and heat on stove at medium-high. When butter/margarine foams, add onion and saute a few minutes and then add the celery. Cook until almost all softened.
2 Add the mushrooms and continue to cook. Mushrooms should give off some liquid.
3 When all softened, add in a few of the soft bread cubes. Let bread absorb some of the cooking juices. Remove skillet from heat. Set aside.
4 In a large deep bowl, add the rest of the bread cubes. Scrape the onion-celery-mushroom-bread mixture into the bowl. Mix thoroughly to distribute throughout evenly.
5 Add in the chopped apples and toss thoroughly to distribute evenly. Add in the Golden raisins and toss thoroughly to distribute evenly.
6 Add in the Sage and Thyme and toss carefully some more.
7 Add in a few grinds of freshly cracked black pepper. Toss well.
8 Taste. If the apples are not a little tart, add in (if desired) a tablespoon or so of lemon juice.
9 Correct seasonings, but do not over-season. The flavors will intensify when heated. If desired, add a little salt to personal taste.
10 Use as stuffing in chicken or turkey or bake in a covered buttered side dish (dotting the top with pieces of butter to help brown) at 325 degrees for a half hour to an hour.
11 Note: To brown the top of the dressing in the side dish, just before removing from oven, remove cover of dish and let brown just a few minutes, being careful not to burn!
This dressing is best served with most poultry and seafood. It also works very well with pork.