Apple Walnut Stuffing
Relish this slow cooked apple and walnut stuffing made using sliced mushrooms -- a delicious side dish.
10 servings (3/4 cups each)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 (14 ounce) package herb-seasoned stuffing cubes
1 (4.5 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 cups water
In 8-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the walnuts over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until nuts are lightly toasted. With slotted spoon, remove nuts from skillet; place in small dish. Add honey and nutmeg to nuts; mix to glaze. Set aside.
In same skillet, melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Cook celery and onion in butter over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost tender.
Meanwhile, spray 4- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, place stuffing cubes. Add mushrooms and celery mixture; mix lightly. Add applesauce and water; mix lightly.
Cover; cook on LOW heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
Just before serving, sprinkle with glazed walnuts.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
This stuffing will be moist. If you prefer a drier stuffing, reduce the water to 1 1/2 cups. For a flavor change, make apple-sausage stuffing. Omit the walnuts and reduce the butter to 1/4 cup. Add 12 ounces cooked and drained sausage with the mushrooms.
1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 320 (Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 7 g, Trans Fat 1/2 g), Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 750 mg; Total Carbohydrate 43 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 10 g), Protein 6 g; Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 3