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Chestnut, Leek and Apple Stuffing

MMMMMmmmmm stuffing! Once you start making your own stuffing, you will never go back to a box! This recipe is so tasty with a fabulous combination of rye bread, apples, leeks and chestnuts that you will most likely make it any time of year.  And, since you're looking for a great stuffing recipe to serve this Thanksgiving, why not give this one a go? Its meatless!


½ Pound Rye Bread
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Fuji Apple
1 Leek
1 Stalk Celery
1 Bunch Parsley
1 Bunch Thyme
2 Tablespoons Butter
⅓ Cup Roasted, Peeled Chestnuts
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Demi-Glace


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut the chestnuts into thirds. Small dice the celery. Trim off and discard the roots and upper, dark-green leaves of the leek; halve the leek lengthwise. Thoroughly rinse the leek layers under cold water; small dice the leek. Pick the thyme and parsley leaves off the stems. Discard the stems; roughly chop the herbs, keeping them separate. Cube the bread. Peel, core and medium dice the apple.

Place the bread cubes on a second sheet pan. Bake in the oven 9 to 11 minutes, or until browned, crispy and dried.

In a medium pan, heat the butter and a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic, leek and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.

To the pan of stuffing, add the toasted bread cubes, chestnuts, apple, thyme and all but a pinch of the parsley (reserve the rest for garnish). Add the vegetable demi-glace and 1 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat.

Place stuffing in a baking dish. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and roast 9 to 11 minutes. Remove the foil and roast 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned and crisped on top. Garnish with the remaining parsley. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from 
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