So what am I making, you ask? I’m making a ginormous deep mushroom pie, that will be just as satisfying and delicious as turkey, I feel sure, for the vegetarians among us. And I’m making a herbed walnut “gravy.” I’ll let you know how that goes later on. And I’m making a stuffing of chestnuts, white beans, apples, shallots and sage. Recipe after the … jump!
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Chestnut, white bean, apple, shallot & sage dressing.
2 slices whole wheat toast
2 large shallots
1 clove garlic finely diced
sage, rosemary, thyme
2 apples – peeled and finely chopped
1 can (15 oz) white beans, rinsed, drained, and slightly mushed
1/2 cup oats, toasted
1/2 cup mixed pecans and walnuts, toasted and chopped.
1/2 t. paprika
1 pinch nutmeg
salt & plenty of pepper
This recipe is loosely based on a sage and onion stuffing recipe I saw on historical foods. Obviously, I didn’t use sausage or bacon, but white beans & smoked paprika provide a substantial smokey substitute, and a nice texture.
1. make a small X in each chestnut, coat with a little bit of olive oil and roast at 350 till the skin opens and they’re soft inside. About 1/2 hour.
When they’re cool enough to touch, peel them (I felt a little like a squirrel) and chop up the tiny-brain-looking insides into tiny pieces.
3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, except the egg. Taste for salt and add tons of freshly ground black pepper. Then add the egg and be sure to mix it very well.
4. Smush the mixture into a lightly oiled bread pan. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about half an hour, till it’s brown and crispy. I was talking to a friend and left it for about 50 minutes, and it got quite dry and a little charred on the outside. But I decided I liked it that way, because when I crumbled it up it had nice constrasty textures of crispy parts and soft inner parts. Yum