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"I like to cook this stuffing, in particular, outside of the bird, in a separate pan; the chunks of bread achieve a crunchy, chewy texture that way," says David Rosengarten of The Rosengarten Report. "In fact, the dish seems more like a delicious bread pudding than a stuffing. The amount of butter in the recipe may raise an eyebrow or two—but at holiday time, who’s counting? Amazingly, the dish ends up tasting intensely buttery without being greasy. If you love the taste of butter, this highly unusual stuffing is for you."
- 2-pound loaf white bread, sliced
- ½-pound loaf whole wheat bread, sliced
- 1 ½ pounds unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups chopped celery
- 1 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup peeled and chopped apple
- 3 cups chicken stock, turkey stock, or water
- 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 30 sage leaves, stems removed and the leaves cut into thin strips
- 1 cup dark raisins
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 10 to 12 turns of freshly ground pepper
Do Ahead of Time
- The night before cooking, spread all the bread out in a single layer on sheet pans or towels and allow to dry out overnight.
For the Stuffing, Day Of
- The next morning, in a large bowl break the bread into coarse 1 ½ inch pieces. (Don’t worry about being precise.)
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat, making sure not to burn it. Add the celery, onions, and apple, and cook over low heat for five minutes. Add the stock or water. Increase the heat to moderate and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for three minutes.
- Pour the mixture over the bread. Remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs, and add the leaves to the bread mixture. Add the sage to the bread mixture. Add the raisins, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
- Either stuff a 14- to 16-pound turkey with the mixture and roast immediately, or put the mixture in a large roasting pan and cover with foil. If baking separately, bake the stuffing in a 375o oven, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake for another 30 minutes, and serve alongside roast turkey.
David is perhaps best known for his work as the host of Taste, the award-winning Food Network television show devoted to the principles of good taste in food and wine. David performed in 2500+ shows on The Food Network, and has been featured on a variety of other networks (most notably NBC, where he has regularly appeared on the Today show). David appeared as a judge on the new season of “Iron Chef America” in May 2012. David is also well-known for his newsletter, The Rosengarten Report, which was published from 2001 to 2008. During its run, it won the James Beard Award as best food newsletter in America, and attracted a peak of 50,000 paid subscribers. The Rosengarten Report will return in December 2014.