Thursday, May 3, 2012

Harvest Cranberry Apple Spinach Stuffing

This is my family's favorite holiday stuffing/dressing. Even people like my husband, who don't like dressing love it. I just take regular store-bought stuffing mix and add in tons of fall fruit and veggies. The dish ends up being more fruit and vegetables than bread: colorful, flavorful, and healthy! It's easy to throw together for holiday meals, or if you're just craving something festive (like I was today).

1 cup dried cranberries, soaked in hot water for at least 5 min
1 T butter
1 large onion, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
Tony Chachere's or other seasoning salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
16 oz frozen spinach, defrosted in microwave (chard or kale would also be fab here)
3 cups chicken stock
1 bag Peppridge Farms herb seasoned stuffing mix

In a medium-large skillet, saute butter, onion, celery, apples, and garlic until softened. Add spinach until warmed through. Combine all ingredients (including the water that the cranberries soaked in) in a large bowl. Pour into a large casserole dish and bake at 400, covered for 15 min, then remove cover and bake 15 more.

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