Holiday stuffing made with fruit



Lois Zelig of Crystal Lake, Ill., asked for help finding a stuffing recipe that included raisins, apples, onion and celery. Her mother, who has passed away, used to make one that contained those ingredients that she liked very much.

Shirley Merritt of Baltimore thinks she has a recipe that will work well for Zelig. She found it on the side of a box of Butterball stuffing. The original recipe called for dried cranberries, not raisins. She says that her preference is to substitute raisins.

I decided to try a combination of raisins and dried cranberries when I made the stuffing and the result was excellent. Whether you use cornbread or seasoned breadcrumbs is strictly a matter of personal preference.

Holiday Cranberry-Apple Stuffing

Makes 10 to 12 servings

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium tart apple, cored and diced

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced onion

3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries or raisins

1 can chicken broth

two 6-ounce bags seasoned or cornbread stuffing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute apple, celery, onion and cranberries or raisins until tender. In a bowl combine the sauteed fare, broth and stuffing mix; blend well. Spray a 13-inch-by-9-inch-by-2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon stuffing into dish. Bake, covered, 35 minutes.

Per serving (based on 12 servings): 160 calories; 4 grams protein; 3 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 31 grams carbohydrate; 5 grams fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 453 milligrams sodium

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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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