I know that stuffing made using cranberries, walnuts, pecans, sausage, oysters, etc. are pretty popular, but I’ve never had any type of stuffing other than ones very similar to the Old Fashioned Celery and Onion Stuffing I shared with you on Monday. Stuffing is simple – bread, celery, onions, stock, seasonings. There’s no need to make it fancy.
Well, at least I used to think that. And then I was thinking about what we could eat with a cherry pork loin that I had planned for dinner and I realized I still had a lot of ingredients left to make up another batch of stuffing and maybe I should take a chance on a sweeter version using dried cranberries and toasted pecans.
Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
A simple stuffing recipe is dressed up with dried cranberries and toasted pecans.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Oven
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 6 slices slightly stale bread, broke into pieces
- 1 1/2 cups stock (vegetable, chicken, turkey)
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
- Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the celery and onions and cook until softened. Stir in sage, salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute more then remove from the heat.
- Add celery and onion mixture to a large bowl, along with the bread. Add in stock until moistened. Mix in pecans and cranberries.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared bowl.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly toasted on top.
Keywords: cranberry pecan stuffing, stuffing, cranberries, pecans, thanksgiving, holiday, side dish
This stuffing paired really, really well with the cherry pork loin I made. I’d actually consider replacing the cranberries with dried cherries if I made this again. Tom wasn’t a huge fan of it but he did think it went really well together. I served this with a simple side of green beans.
If you’re looking for a slightly different take on stuffing to serve on Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll give this one a try.