Braised Pistachio and Apple Stuffing with Apple Butter

Pistachios add a novel twist to this robust stuffing with a sweet touch of apple.  Great with turkey, chicken or just served with some bread or salad.

Ingredients

For braised pistachio and apple stuffing:

3/4 cup pistachios, shelled

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup onion, diced

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup fennel bulb, diced

1 cup celery root, peeled and diced

1 Fuji apple, peeled and diced

1 egg

1/2 cup apple juice

6 cups cubed Italian country bread

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

 

For apple butter:

3 Fuji apples, peeled and diced

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon sugar

salt and pepper

Directions

For braised pistachio and apple stuffing: 

1. Place 1/2 cup of pistachios in a small sauce pot and cover with chicken stock.  Add a pinch of salt.  Simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Strain liquid and reserve.

2. Meanwhile, roughly chop 1/4 cup pistachios and set aside.

3. Heat sauté pan and add 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and onions and sweat (do not brown) for 3-4 minutes or until tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from pan and set aside.

4. Repeat process with fennel, celery root and apples — each separately as cooking times may vary.  Celery root may take a few extra minutes.

5. In large bowl, whisk egg.  Add in apple juice and 1/2 cup of reserved chicken stock. Add in vegetables, bread, thyme and braised pistachios. If additional moisture is needed, add a bit more chicken stock. 

6. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Grease casserole dish with butter and add in mixture.  Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and bake until warmed through, about 35-40 minutes. Serve with apple butter.

For apple butter:

Place apples, lemon juice and sugar in a small pot and cover with water. Simmer until most water has evaporated and apples are very tender. Place in blender and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

Braised Pistachio and Apple Stuffing with Apple Butter

Nutritional Information

Based on 4 servings.

Per serving:

Calories

670

Total Fat     

29g

Saturated Fat  

7g

Monounsaturated Fat

14g

Cholesterol

70mg

Sodium

1290mg

Carbohydrates

88g

Dietary Fiber      

10g

Protein

22g

Potassium

740mg