This stuffing is full of apricots, figs, and cranberries all tossed with sourdough bread cubes and flavored with pancetta and rosemary. A great accompaniment to roast pork!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 50minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 1hour35minutes
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon
1lbsourdough breadcrusts removed and cut into 2 inch cubes
1 1/2cupschopped dried apricots
1cupchopped dried figs
5tbspunsalted butterdivided, cut into pats
1 1/2cupsdiced shallots
1/4cupchopped fresh sage
2tbspfresh thyme leaves
2tbspchopped fresh rosemary
1 - 1 1/2cupschicken stocklow sodium or no sodium
salt and pepperto taste
Adjust the oven racks to the upper middle and lower middle positions. Preheat the oven to 200F. Spread out the cubed sourdough bread on two baking sheets. Dry the bread cubes in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Transfer the bread to a large bowl.
Increase the oven temperature to 375F. Grease a large casserole dish.
In a large saucepan, bring the white wine to a boil. Add the dried apricots, figs, and cranberries to the wine. Keep the wine at a boil until the wine is reduced to around 1 cup, about 15 minutes.
While the wine is reducing, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the pancetta. Saute the pancetta for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Once it is melted, add the shallots and salt. Saute for 5 minutes, or until the shallots are soft and translucent. Add the herbs and cook for 1 minute. Add the brandy and bring to a simmer.
Take the wine mixture and the pancetta mixture and pour them both into the bowl with the bread cubes. Mix well. Add 1 cup of chicken stock. Check to see if the bread is sufficiently moistened. If not add a bit more chicken stock until the bread is no longer dry but not soggy. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared casserole dish and top with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.
Cover the casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. Then uncover the dish and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove the stuffing from the oven and let it sit for about 15 minutes before serving.
The nutritional information is an estimate and is included for informational purposes only. Please make your own calculations using your specific ingredients if you need an accurate calorie count.You can dry the bread a day or two ahead. Let the bread cool and keep it in a sealed container until you are ready to use it.Fresh sage is very important to the flavor. If all you have is dried, use it, but fresh sage is worth seeking out.I used an inexpensive bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for the wine. I wanted a light, crisp white which would cook down without getting too intense.