Pear, Prosciutto & Hazelnut Stuffing
Crisping the prosciutto and toasting the nuts adds a powerful punch of flavor to the stuffing without going overboard on fat. Diamond Brand now makes packaged chopped hazelnuts, available in most major supermarkets.
Makes 12 servings, 2/3 cup each
ACTIVE TIME: 1 hour
TOTAL TIME: 2 1/4 hours
EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy
* 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into ribbons
* 2 cups chopped onion
* 2 cups diced fennel bulb
* 1/4 cup minced shallot
* 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
* 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
* 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
* 8 cups stale baguette, preferably multi-grain (not sourdough), cut into 1/2-inch cubes (see Note)
* 2 ripe but firm Bosc pears, chopped
* 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
* 1/3 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts (see Tip)
* 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* Freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add prosciutto; cook, stirring, until crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
3. Wipe out the pan and heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel and shallot and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add sage, thyme and rosemary and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Transfer everything to a large bowl and gently stir in bread, pears, parsley, hazelnuts and the prosciutto. Add broth; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the stuffing into the prepared baking dish; cover with foil.
4. Bake for 40 minutes; remove the foil and bake until the top is beginning to crisp, 25 to 30 minutes more.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 176 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 8 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrate; 9 g protein; 6 g fiber; 489 mg sodium; 283 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value). 1 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings. Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat
TIP: To toast chopped nuts & seeds: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Ingredient note: If you don't have stale bread ready to use, spread the baguette cubes on a baking sheet and toast at 250 degrees until crisped and dry, about 15 minutes.