I think most people would agree that the side dishes are the best part of the thanksgiving meal. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, buttered green beans, creamed corn, roasted squash, dinner rolls, all smothered in gravy. Yum. Turkey is great, yes, but side dishes always seem to take center stage. Stuffing in particular has always been my favorite thing to eat on thanksgiving.
This year this apple and fennel stuffing is making it to my thanksgiving table and I’m so excited. The combination of sweet apples, buttery bread and bright flavors of anise from the fennel come together nicely. The ground coriander we’ve included adds hints of lemon and sweetness to the dish that’s both subtle and warming. Depending on how soft or stiff you prefer your stuffing, you can adjust the amount of stock you chose to use. I tend to like my stuffing soft and moist with a nice crust baked on the top so the amount of stock in the recipe makes a softer stuffing.
If you’re looking for a new stuffing to try out this thanksgiving or holiday season, infused with a delicious bevy of flavors, you might want to try out our apple and fennel stuffing; it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
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Apple and Fennel Stuffing
- 1 French baguette, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and toasted about 5 cups loosely packed
- ½ loaf of pumpernickel bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and toasted about 3 cups, loosely packed
- ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and divided
- ½ medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 rib celery, diced
- 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 2 golden delicious apples, peeled cored and diced or apples of your choice
- 1 tablespoon minced thyme
- 2 teaspoons thinly sliced chives
- 1 ½ teaspoons minced sage
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon McCormick’s Gourmet Collection ground coriander
- 3 ½ cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Combine both kinds of toasted cubes into a large bowl and toss together. Set aside.
- Pour ¼ cup butter into a large pot and place over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add celery and fennel and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables start to become translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in apples, herbs, garlic, and coriander. Pour stock and remaining butter into the pot and bring mixture to a boil.
- Once mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and add toasted bread cubes. Stir together until moist or all of the liquid has been absorbed. Adjust seasonings.
- Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9”x13” (3 quart) baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Allow mixture to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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I made this last year for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit and My question for you this year is have you ever made the stuffing the day before and baked it off the day of?
can we add sausage on this recipe ??
can we add the sausage ??
Thank you amazing!!!
Rosie @ Notes of Bacon
Fennel – YES! Love fennel and don’t find enough ways to use it. This will make an appearance at Christmas I feel. Thank you.
Sounds lovely.But I really wish you could set up tour recipes so I can pin them to keep.
Teri Lyn Fisher
I’m not sure what you mean.
I LOVE stuffing, and I really like the idea of using fennel and apple for a nice spin on a traditional dish. Too bad I literally just used the fennel I had for something else… no way am I stepping foot near a grocery store at this point ;)
Lindsey | Mabel and the Wooden Spoon
Um. Yes, PLEASE.
Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
I’m usually pretty stubborn on sticking to the old-school stuffing recipes, but this one looks pretty amazing! I love the idea of the apple and fennel together.
This sounds great! Quick question: do you always have to boil the broth with the veggies and bread cubes? I feel like a lot of stuffing recipes you just pour the broth on top before you stick it in the oven.
You don’t necessarily have to boil the broth with the veggies, but it’s important that the broth is hot to ensure it softens and soaks into the bread cubes enough!
Millie l Add A Little
This sounds like such a wonderful combination and the apple and fennel is lovely – I love the aniseedy flavour fennel gives!
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
There is roasted coriander out in the world being sold and I don’t know about it?! Totally sold. Apple and fennel my favorite flavor additions to stuffing!