This amazing wild-rice stuffing recipe is bursting with rustic fall flavors, including rye bread, sausage, apples, dried cherries, pecans and fresh herbs.

Lia Huber
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 5 mins
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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

  • Place rice in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover by about 1 1/2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 1 hour. (Or prepare according to package directions.) Drain well.

  • Meanwhile, spread bread on a baking sheet; bake, stirring once halfway through, until dry and crisp, about 25 minutes.

  • Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees . Coat a 3- to 4-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  • About 15 minutes before the rice is done, cook sausage and leeks in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add apples and celery; cook for 3 minutes more.

  • Transfer the sausage mixture to a large bowl. Add the rice and bread, then stir in broth, cherries, pecans, marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and cover tightly with foil.

  • Bake the stuffing for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until the top is browned, 15 to 20 minutes more.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare rice (Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; toast bread (Step 3), cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

291 calories; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 39.8g; dietary fiber 4.7g; sugars 9.9g; fat 9.4g; saturated fat 1.3g; cholesterol 24.3mg; vitamin a iu 629.7IU; vitamin c 4.6mg; folate 69.9mcg; calcium 45.9mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 52.6mg; potassium 338.6mg; sodium 509.5mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 5g.

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Rating: 5 stars
my all-time favorite stuffing recipe Stuffing is my favorite part of a holiday meal but this recipe trumps any I've ever tasted. It's absolutely worth the time and trouble to make. The flavors work together incredibly well and it's not only delicious it's also a lot more nutritious than most. A real hit with everyone I've served it to. Pros: healthy and delicious Cons: time consuming to prepare Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Everyone loved it Decided to take this to my sister's house for Thanksgiving. This was out of the ordinary for the normal menu. Well everyone loved it. People went back for seconds. we hardly had any left once everyone claimed the leftovers. This recipe has a perfect blend of both texture and flavors. We will make it agan. Pros: Taste Read More