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Homemade Bread Stuffing with Anjou Pear and Mushroom

This traditional homemade bread stuffing recipe is moist and crunchy, flavorful and packed with earthy herbs and spices. The very best stuffing for turkey, duck, chicken or Cornish game hen!

A place of stuffing with a victorian-style fork on a black table with a lave table cloth and a few sprinkles of thyme.

Homemade Bread Stuffing with Anjou Pear and Mushroom

I made this stuffing for a Christmas dinner party and it was the perfect complement to the sage & garlic Cornish game hens I served. It can be made a whole day in advance and is actually even better the next day!

A fork-full of stuffing.

Can I substitute store-bought croutons for bread?

Not for this recipe. Store-bought croutons are far too dry and already seasoned. They won’t absorb the broth like fresh/semi-stale bread and when combined with the other ingredients, the recipe will be far too salty and over-seasoned.

What kind of bread should I use?

This recipe calls for semolina, which works fantastically, but you can also use traditional baguette, focaccia or ciabatta.

Does the bread need to be stale?

Nope! As long as you cut your bread and make your “croutons” first, before preparing your other ingredients, they’ll be just stale enough to be perfect by the time you mix everything together.

How do I reheat it?

Once it’s been baked, cover with cellophane or tin foil and refrigerate. To reheat, uncover and bake at 325 for 20 minutes.

How long will it last?

It will last for 7 days in the fridge in a container with a lid or covered with cellophane.

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • Cutting board & sharp knife
  • Sautee pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • 8” x 8” pyrex baking dish

A peach chopped on a cutting board.

How to Make Homemade Bread Stuffing with Anjou Pear and Mushroom – Step by Step

First, grease an 8” x 8” pyrex baking dish with butter or cooking spray and set aside. Preheat your oven to 350.

A step by step process of cutting vegetables, pear and herbs, and cooking mushrooms.

1. Make 4 cups of bread croutons by cutting and pulling apart the bread into tiny pieces. Place them in a large bowl.

2. Chop ½ cup of celery, 1 cup of red onion and 1½ cups baby bella mushrooms into tiny pieces separately. Set aside.

3. Chop 1 medium-large Anjou pear into tiny pieces, mince 5 large garlic cloves, and remove 1 tbsp. of thyme from its stems. Set aside.

4. Add 2 tbsp. of butter to the pan and sauté mushrooms until brown. About 5 minutes. Make sure there’s some space between them so the liquid they release evaporates. Otherwise they won’t brown nicely. When done, remove from pan. Set aside.

A step by step process of cooking vegetables, and adding them to croutons.

5. Add 2 more tbsp. of butter to the pan and add the celery, pear and red onion. Sauté for 5 minutes or until starting to brown. Then add minced garlic, stir and sauté for 1 more minute.

6. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and a sprinkle of garlic powder to the pan and stir. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.

7. In a small mixing bowl, add 1 large egg and beat. Then, add 1½ cups of chicken broth, 1 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp. of table salt.

8. Add all of the cooked fruit and vegetables to the large mixing bowl with the bread and egg-broth mixture. Mix throughly. Evenly distribute into the greased pyrex and bake for 1 hour.

A pyrex baking dish with stuffing on a table with a lace cloth underneath.

If you’re using the stuffing to stuff a turkey, chicken, duck or Cornish game hen, make sure to leave some to serve on the side!

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A place of stuffing with a victorian-style fork on a black table with a lave table cloth and a few sprinkles of thyme.
Homemade Bread Stuffing with Anjou Pear and Mushroom
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

This traditional homemade bread stuffing recipe is moist and crunchy, flavorful and packed with earthy herbs and spices. The very best stuffing for turkey, duck, chicken or Cornish game hen!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: stuffing
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 210 kcal
Author: Genevieve Morrison
Ingredients
  • 4 cups semolina bread croutons
  • 1 cup onions - chopped
  • 1 pear - medium to large
  • ½ cup celery - chopped
  • cup baby bella mushrooms - chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 egg - large
  • 4 tbsp. butter - and a little to grease your pyrex
  • 1 tbsp. thyme - fresh
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Garlic powder - just a sprinkle
  • cups chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Make 4 cups of bread croutons by cutting and pulling apart the bread into tiny pieces. Place them in a large bowl.

  2. Chop ½ cup of celery, 1 cup of red onion and 1½ cups baby bella mushrooms into tiny pieces separately. Set aside.

  3. Chop 1 medium-large Anjou pear into tiny pieces, mince 5 large garlic cloves, and remove 1 tbsp. of thyme from its stems. Set aside.

  4. Add 2 tbsp. of butter to the pan and sauté mushrooms until brown. About 5 minutes. Make sure there’s some space between them so the liquid they release evaporates. Otherwise they won’t brown nicely. When done, remove from pan. Set aside.

  5. Add 2 more tbsp. of butter to the pan and add the celery, pear and red onion. Sauté for 5 minutes or until starting to brown. Then add minced garlic, stir and sauté for 1 more minute.

  6. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and a sprinkle of garlic powder to the pan and stir. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.

  7. In a small mixing bowl, add 1 large egg and beat. Then, add 1½ cups of chicken broth, 1 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp. of table salt.

  8. Add all of the cooked fruit and vegetables to the large mixing bowl with the bread and egg-broth mixture. Mix throughly. Evenly distribute into the greased pyrex and bake for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bread Stuffing with Anjou Pear and Mushroom
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 865mg 36%
Potassium 363mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10.6%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 8.3%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This traditional homemade bread stuffing recipe is moist and crunchy, flavorful and packed with earthy herbs and spices. The very best stuffing for turkey, duck, chicken or Cornish game hen! #stuffing, #recipes

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