Cornbread Stuffing with Currants & Walnuts

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From: EatingWell Magazine Holiday Issue 1995

Flecked with fresh herbs and dried currants, this corn bread stuffing is a nice alternative to regular bread stuffing.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • Corn bread
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Stuffing
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup port, or medium-dry sherry (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or sage
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 1/2-2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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  1. To make cornbread: Preheat oven to 400 °F. Lightly coat an 8-inch square cake pan with oil or cooking spray.
  2. Whisk the egg lightly in a medium bowl, then add milk, cornmeal and oil; blend well. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir the cornmeal mixture into the flour mixture just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading to edges.
  3. Bake until the top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350 °.
  4. To make stuffing: Using your fingers, break cornbread into coarse crumbs and spread on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Spread walnuts on a pie plate and bake for until fragrant, 10 minutes. Let the walnuts cool and chop coarsely. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion; saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add the toasted cornbread crumbs, walnuts, currants, port or sherry, parsley (or sage) and thyme. Toss well. Drizzle 1 1/2 cups broth over the crumbs and toss until evenly moistened. If baking in a casserole dish, add the remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don't use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 3/4 cup
  • Per serving: 251 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 57 mcg folate; 19 mg cholesterol; 16 g sugars; 177 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 152 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 410 mg sodium; 338 mg potassium
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  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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