Embrace casserole-dish stuffing

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Stop fussing over whether to prepare your Thanksgiving stuffing inside or alongside the turkey. Your life will be so much easier if you just embrace the wonder that is casserole dish stuffing.

Multigrain and wild rice stuffing with apples and herbs  MATTHEW MEAD/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MATTHEW MEAD/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Multigrain and wild rice stuffing with apples and herbs

To help get you over that hump, we created a stuffing with big, bold flavors and plenty of texture. We kept the classic add-ins including celery, onions, thyme and sage, but sweetened them with diced apples and golden raisins. Add a stick of butter and hearty wild rice, and you have a stuffing that will leave you delightfully stuffed.

The easiest way to cook wild rice is to treat it like pasta. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, add 1/3 cup of uncooked wild rice and cook for 45 to 55 minutes.

MULTIGRAIN AND WILD RICE STUFFING WITH APPLES AND HERBS

Start to finish: 1 hour
(15 minutes active)

Servings: 8

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

2 medium yellow onions, chopped

4 stalks celery, diced

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 bunch scallions, finely chopped

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh sage

¼ cup chopped fresh tarragon

1 cup cooked wild rice

3 medium apples, peeled and diced

1 cup golden raisins

1 loaf multigrain bread, cubed and toasted

cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock

Heat the oven to 400 F. Coat a large casserole or 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery and cook until tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper, scallions, parsley, sage and tarragon.

In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture with the cooked rice, apples, raisins and bread cubes. Stir in the broth. Spoon into the prepared pan and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.


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