Here we are again with our old pal stuffing. I love stuffing so much, I just wish it was a little prettier to look at.
Are you all ready for the big day this week? I am literally counting down the minutes- nay seconds- until I am on my plane back to Houston. Back to my family, a big kitchen with lots of counter space, and lots of good food. My stretchy pants are poised and ready to go into action this Thursday.
If you are still planning your Thanksgiving meal (or if you love to eat stuffing any time of the year), this is a unique but delicious recipe for stuffing. Not your traditional stuffing fare that typically has mushrooms, celery, or sausage. Instead, you get sweet pears, chewy figs, and salty cheese. And it was divine. I made this late at night for dinner the next day, and I physically could not stop myself from eating little pieces at midnight.
By the way, using Hawaiian rolls for stuffing is an idea that I wish I had thought of years ago. Especially in this recipe, you will love it. It tastes even better at in the hours from 12 AM – 1 AM. Thanksgiving late night snack anyone?
PEAR AND FIG STUFFING
Adapted from Fake Food Free
2-3 tablespoons butter
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 pears, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons dried sage
8 cups torn bread (like Hawaiian rolls)
3/4 cup dried figs, chopped
1 1/2-2 cups chicken broth
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cubed Asadero cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan.
In a large skillet, melt better. Cook red onion until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add pear, salt, pepper, and sage. Cook until pear is tender, about 5-7 minutes.
In a bowl, stir together bread, pear mixture, and figs. Stir in chicken broth until you reach your desired stuffing consistency. Stir in egg. Spread in prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle cheese on top. Cook until cheese is melted, about 5-10 minutes.