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Cherry Butternut Squash Stuffing

Cherry Butternut Squash Stuffing

This savory stuffing adds a new twist to dinner menus.

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Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 strips bacon, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup (about 1/3 pound) chopped butternut squash
  • 2/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary or sage leaves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons almonds or pecans, toasted and finely ground
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons or more chicken or vegetable broth, if necessary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add butter, onion and squash to bacon drippings. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until squash is semi-soft.
  3. Add cherries and rosemary; continue cooking until squash is soft.
  4. Add squash mixture to bacon.
  5. Stir in nuts and bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add broth, one tablespoon at a time, if dressing is dry.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups or 6 (1/4 cup) servings

Serving suggestion: Use to stuff pork chops or pork tenderloin. This is also a good stuffing for chicken breasts or Cornish hens.

Nutrition Facts per 1/4-cup serving: 189 cal., 11 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 20 g carbo., 20 mg chol., 3 g pro., 2 g fiber, 244 mg sodium. Daily RDA values: 100% vit. A, 15% vit. C, 4% calcium, 6% iron

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Cherry Marketing Institute.