This Apple Pecan Stuffing recipe is a delicious blend of buttery bread cubes, apples, and pecans that is perfect for Thanksgiving!
This week it has finally started to feel like fall. The air is cool and crisp, the wind has picked up, and we’ve even had some rainy days. I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll be whining about the weather but right now I’m loving it! Fall means pumpkins and apples, and warm, rich soups and stews. Today’s recipe is one of my guy’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes. This Apple Pecan Stuffing is one that his mom used to make every Thanksgiving and when I first started to cook for him it was one of the first recipes he had me ask his mom for.
Now, I’m a southern girl at heart. I was raised eating cornbread dressing on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever made cornbread dressing it is basically a mush of cornbread and biscuits, a delicious mush but a mush none the less. This whole cubed bread pieces with chunks of apples and pecans in it was new to me but, oh man, it is amazing! Apple pecan stuffing starts with day old bread, or if you always think of these things last minute like I do you can dry your bread out by slowly baking it for about 20 minutes in a 300°F oven. You dice up onions, celery, carrots, and apples and you cook everything together, then you mix it into the breadcrumbs along with some butter, chicken broth and Beau Monde seasoning. This recipe was the first time I had ever heard of Beau Monde seasoning. It is made by Spice Islands spice company and I was able to find it at my local grocery store. It is one of their special blends and it adds so much flavor to this Apple Pecan Stuffing.
The stuffing bakes for about 45 minutes and it fills the house with a heavenly smell. I’m telling ya, when this stuffing went into the oven I was still a skeptic, cornbread dressing is hard to beat, but it came out that first bite of crisp, buttery bread filled with the flavors of all of those aromatic onions, celery and carrots, and mixed with the sweetness of the apples and the crunch of the pecans. Pure heaven. I’m not sure I could ever give up cornbread dressing but this year we’re having a small Thanksgiving dinner and I might just have to make this Apple Pecan Stuffing. We can always make cornbread dressing for Christmas!
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Enjoy this easy Apple Pecan Stuffing Recipe:
- 2 c Onions, diced
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 c Carrots, diced
- 1 c Celery, diced
- 2 Granny Smith Apples, diced
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 8 oz. Butter, melted
- 12 c Bread, cubed
- 1½ - 2 c Broth
- 2 c Parsley, finely chopped
- 2 c Pecans, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp Beau Monde Seasoning
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Place the onions in a small bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let onions sit for about an hour.
- In a large skillet saute the carrots, celery, apples, and garlic until softened.
- Strain the sugared onions and add them to the saute along with the melted butter.
- Add mixture to the bread and toss in a large bowl.
- Add chicken broth to the bread mixture along with the pecans, parsley, and Beau Monde seasoning, slowly tossing until the broth is all absorbed by the bread.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon into a well-greased 3-quart or 13- x 9-inch baking pan.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake for 5 - 10 minutes or until top is crusty and brown.
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