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5 Ingredient Thanksgiving: Fennel and Onion Stuffing

Vegetarian four(!)-ingredient stuffing made from fruit-nut bread, fennel and onion is a savory side for Thanksgiving.


Pantry Items:

  • Extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
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Four Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of fruit-nut bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large fennel bulb, cut into medium dice, fronds reserved
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups turkey stock or canned low sodium chicken broth
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Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

Place the fruit-nut bread cubes evenly on a baking sheet. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and pour it over the cubes. Bake until lightly golden in color and slightly dried out, about 15-20 minutes.

In a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat, then add the fennel and onion. Cook for 8-10 minutes until softened and a bit caramelized. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

Add the toasted fruit and nut bread and stock to the bowl with the onion-fennel mixture and the stock. Mix to combine all ingredients (use your hands if you like — it’s fun!). The mixture should be moist but not soggy; add a little more stock if you like your stuffing wetter.

Season the stuffing with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Place in a 9-inch x13-inch buttered baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. (To keep the stuffing moist; cover the top loosely with foil while it bakes.)

Rachael Ray