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Pear-Pecan Stuffing

Pear-Pecan StuffingPears, pecans, and nutmeg create a festive holiday twist on old-fashioned stuffing. It's equally delicious when baked in a casserole and served as a side dish.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound firm-texture white sandwich bread
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 large firm ripe Bartlett pears, cored, peeled, and chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
1 cup pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Spread bread slices on baking sheets. Place baking sheets in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until bread is dry.
  3. Place the 2 tablespoons butter, the onion, and pear in a large skillet; cook over medium heat until tender but not brown, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Break the dried bread into small pieces. Place in a very large bowl. Bring 1/2 cup water and the 1/4 cup butter to boiling in a small saucepan. Add to bread crumbs, and toss just until moistened.
  5. Stir in pear mixture, pecans, parsley, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Add the remaining water as needed until mixture reaches desired moistness. Stuff turkey and roast in a 325°F (160°C) oven or transfer stuffing to a 2-quart casserole and bake, covered in a 325°F (160°C) or 350°F (175°C) oven about 40 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): calories: 244, total fat: 15g, saturated fat: 4g, cholesterol: 16mg, sodium: 291mg, carbohydrate: 26g, fiber: 2g, protein: 4g.

Recipe provided by Better Homes and Gardens - BHG.com a member of the Home and Family Network for the best of cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © 2003 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.