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Badger State Stuffing

Your family will love the contrasting sweet, savory and slightly tart flavors in this spin on a Thanksgiving classic. Feel free to use your favorite beer or dried fruit to make the dish your own. —Andrea Fetting, Franklin, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 1 cup chopped carrot (about 4 medium carrots)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup amber beer or chicken broth
  • 5 cups cubed sourdough bread (1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 3 tablespoons in pan.
  • Add mushrooms, onion, celery and carrot to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in sauerkraut and beer. Bring to a boil; cook, uncovered, until liquid is reduced by half.
  • In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, cherries, bacon and sauerkraut mixture. In a small bowl, whisk egg, broth, parsley, poultry seasoning and pepper. Gradually stir into bread mixture.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover; bake until lightly browned, 30-35 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 271 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.

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