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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 18
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 78.4
  • Total Fat: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.6 mg
  • Sodium: 68.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 15.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g

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Vegetable and Fruit Stuffing

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Vegetable and Fruit Stuffing

Introduction

Whole wheat bread gives this side staying power. The fruits and vegetables bulk up the dish, so a little goes a long way. A bit of turkey bacon adds another layer of flavor without adding many calories. Whole wheat bread gives this side staying power. The fruits and vegetables bulk up the dish, so a little goes a long way. A bit of turkey bacon adds another layer of flavor without adding many calories.
Number of Servings: 18

Ingredients

    10 c wheat bread, (a dense bakery bread), cubed
    2 strips turkey bacon, diced
    1 1/4 c low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
    1 T butter, unsalted
    2 yellow onions, diced
    5 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced
    2 c fennel, chopped
    2 stalks celery, diced
    pinch salt
    1/2 t pepper
    1/2 t oregano
    6 dried apricots, chopped
    1/2 c egg substitute
    2 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped


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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast bread cubes until light golden in color, about 12-15 minutes; set aside and cool. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. Place turkey bacon in a heavy saucepan. On top of stove cook over moderate heat just until the fat is melted and the meat starts to brown. Remove from pan; chop into a small dice and reserve. Drain off any excess fat and discard. Melt butter in the saucepan. Add onions and saute until golden in color. To the onions, add the diced bacon, apples, fennel and celery. Cook, stirring for 3-5 minutes. Spray with pan spay a 13 X 9 baking dish. Combine toasted bread, vegetable mixture, and stock to a large bowl. Mix in herbs, seasonings, fruit, and beaten eggs. Transfer to baking dish. Cover with foil that has been sprayed with pan spray. Cook 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until top is browned; about 20 minutes.






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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    I used part of this stuffing to actually stuff the turkey, & the rest still filled the 13x9 baking dish. Both versions were fabulous! I did add sage & thyme to maintain that traditional T-giving flavor. Everyone raved about it! NOTE: Please do provide serving size for those who track food. - 11/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I made this and it was wonderful, and to determine servings, I make it in muffin / large cupcake pan. It was easy to determine servings, and people were not limited to just one, but it was easy for me to determine 1 serving for me. I left out the egg beaters. - 11/3/10

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  • Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I made this for Thanksgiving this year. I had trouble with the people under 18 and The pickie eaters in my house. It just was not what they were use to and to much of a change.
    - 12/16/09

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  • O.K.
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Was OK when first made but not so much so the next day. - 11/29/09

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made traditional stuffing & this both for thanksgiving. Everyone loved this since it's so much lighter, they could eat more of the rest & I got to eat stuffing! Thanks!! - 12/2/09

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This looks awesome. KYSHAW, I'd up the celery for the fennel replacement - similar texture! - 11/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Loved the texture of this stuffing. The fennel was a great addition, and I wish I hadn't forgotten the apricots, but the apples added just the right sweetness. I liked the idea of parceling it into the muffin tins - worked great for me. Two of my three kids liked it, and hubby and I loved it. - 11/25/11

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  • O.K.
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    We did this for Thanksgiving this year and I was unfortunately the only one who liked it. My husband and daughter complained that it was too sweet and fruity- I think they like the savory more. So probably back to traditional stuffing next year. - 11/29/10

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    HELP! I see that it makes 18 servings, but how much is considered a serving? I don't want to try to divide it into 18 equal portions! Thanks. - 11/10/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I substituted corn bread and diced the apples and figs! Yum! - 11/29/11

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this as a alternate stuffing for Thanksgiving, since I eas trying to eat healthy this year. I learned what fennel was while making it (I hadn't heard of fennel before, I hadto do a search on the internet), and found that it was a tasty and filling stuffing. I'll make this again. - 11/26/09

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didn't change a thing and it was great!!! - 11/7/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this for Canadian thanksgiving and it was awesome! The only change was that I used a regular egg. Thanks for a terrific stuffing recipe. - 11/7/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used our home-raised lean pork sausage in place of the turkey bacon, and it was great! Thanks! - 11/7/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is just the change of pace that I needed for a side dish for Thanksgiving. I love fennel, it fits in perfectly. I'll have to cut the recipe down quite a bit though, there will ony be 3 of us together to eat!! - 11/7/12

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  • Bad
    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Looks very unappetizing with ingredients that do not go well together, at least in my home. - 11/7/12

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    A long time ao I had a stuffing recipe that had apples in it, it didn't have turkey bacon in it. It was very good,however I missplaced the recipe. I can't wait to try this one, it sounds delish! - 11/10/09

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  • I did not have fennel but I used plenty of parsley and home-made chicken broth. Wow! My daughter is still complimenting me for the Thanksgiving dinner. - 12/2/13

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  • Sounds good, but it's a dressing, not a stuffing--has to go in the bird's bottom to be called a stuffing--LOL ;-) (it's okay to laugh) - 11/13/13

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  • save - 11/12/13

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  • This is the best stuffing I have ever made and enjoyed, Thanks Chef Meg! - 12/29/12

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  • Made it for 2012 Thanksgiving. Most of the 9 of us thought it great. But a couple of them didn't really care for it. I think just because it was different than what they were used to. - 11/23/12

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  • I wonder if some dried cranberries would work well in this recipe. - 11/10/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to put this one in my recipe book to try. - 11/7/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    sounds great and healthy
    - 8/10/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Wish I could easily access ONLY Chef Meg recipes....wish SP would produce a cook book with only Chef Meg's recipes. - 3/30/12

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  • Awesome - 11/24/11

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  • This is a great stuffing. very filling and so flavorful. This was our second year using this recipe for Thanksgiving. - 11/24/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    got to try this!!! - 11/24/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds really good and healthy. - 11/23/11

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  • wish this got into the book - 11/23/11

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  • Excellent!!! - 11/23/11

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  • If I change my stuffing recipe, I may have a revolt on my hands. But, this sounds delicious and I may risk the revolt! My younger son is vegetarian now so will leave out the turkey bacon and will use vegetable stock. - 11/23/11

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  • This sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!! - 11/23/11

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  • Would not make again. - 11/23/11

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  • Scrumptious and the sage and thyme are great but I also added about 1/2 tsp cumin too. - 11/23/11

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  • Looks good... - 11/23/11

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  • I made these muffins for Thanksgiving. I substitued prunes for the apricots, because that's what I had on hand, and they turned out very well. I also added some traditional seasonings.
    I baked these in a muffin tin. I froze the leftovers, and they tasted great when re-heated. - 12/12/10

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  • I did not have fennel, but it was still excellent. - 11/29/10

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  • Super tasty! I left out the bacon because I'm a vegetarian and used olive oil because I had no butter. Even my "picky eater" relatives ate it and LOVED it! - 11/26/10

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  • I made this for Thanksgiving this year and everyone loved it! - 11/26/10

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  • Will definitely try this for our turkey dinner this year. We have lots of Grannie Smith apples from our tree. I only hope I can find some fennel. - 11/19/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Going to make this for Thanksgiving for sure, but with a few substitutions! Maybe in a muffin pan like MOMKAT4310 suggested. Yummy! - 11/8/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds good I shall have to try it. - 10/31/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good, I'm always looking for stuffing/dressing that has less bread and more flavor. - 10/14/10

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  • Delicious!! - 11/27/09

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I'm not a big fennel fan. Any ideas on what would be a good substitute for flavor, or should it just be fine leaving it out? - 11/10/09

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    mmm this sounds so delicious and safe to eat. i love stuffing. i don't cook but i am definitly going to ask my mother to try this out. Thank you chef_meg! - 11/10/09

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Sounds excellent! Since it will only be two of us for the meal this year, I will have to cut this in half (if not more!), but I love apples in my stuffing. Thanks for the healthy recipe! - 11/10/09

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