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The Best Sweet Stuffings for Thanksgiving: Make Stuffing Using Apricots, Raisins, Cranberries, and Apples

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Turkey stuffing for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be savory. It can also be sweet. Things that can be added to a stuffing to make it sweet are dried fruits, nuts, and fresh fruits. These stuffings are rich and delicious and a great alternative to the savory stuffings that are usually served at Thanksgiving.

Your guests will rave about these yummy stuffings. Two of these stuffings can be placed inside the turkey to cook but remember to always stuff them right before cooking the turkey and remove them right after you take the turkey out of the oven. You can also prepare these outside the turkey. The last two are not to be stuffed into the turkey but to be baked in a baking dish.

Raisin and Burgundy Stuffing

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices day old bread, cubed
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ pound butter, melted
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-1-2 cup Burgundy wine
  • 1 teaspoon summer savory
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place bread cubes and raisins in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl beat eggs and add to bread mixture.
  3. Take about 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put it in a hot skillet.
  4. Add the rest to the bowl with the bread.
  5. Saute the onion in the skillet with the butter and once it is tender add to the bowl.
  6. Add wine and seasonings and mix well. Stuff into the turkey.
  7. You can also place in a buttered pan and cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until toasty on top.

This is for a 10 to 12 pound turkey.

Apricot Almond Stuffing

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 16 ounce package of stuffing mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • cup chopped almonds
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir with a large wooden spoon until all is moistened.
  2. Stuff the turkey and bake.
  3. You can also place this stuffing in a buttered pan and cook at 350 for about 1 hour or until brown on top.

This is for a 14 to 16 pound turkey.

Apple Pecan Stuffing

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 – 16 ounce package of stuffing mix
  • 2 -1/2 cup apples, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan and add the onions and celery sauteing until onions are tender.
  2. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large heat resistant bowl place the stuffing mix and apples.
  4. Add the mixture in the saucepan. In a small skillet melt the butter and toast the pecans.
  5. Add them to the stuffing mixture and mix well.
  6. You can stuff this into the bird but this one is better if you place it into a buttered dish and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Cranberry Raisin Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 12 to 14 slices of raisin bread, dried and cut into cubes and toasted in a little butter

Directions:

  1. In a skillet cook onion in 2 tablespoons butter until soft.
  2. Add cranberries, brown sugar, herbs, orange juice, and chicken stock and bring to a boil. The cranberries will pop and when they do remove from heat.
  3. Place bread in a bowl and pour the other ingredients plus the rest of the melted butter over top and stir with a wooden spoon and put into a buttered dish.
  4. Bake at 30 minutes at 350 degrees F covered with foil then remove foil and bake another 30 minutes.

These stuffings will bring a sweet flavor to your thanksgiving table and anyone with a sweet tooth will love them. You won’t have many leftovers at all.

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