Bulgur Stuffing With Dried Cranberries & Hazelnuts

"If you are looking for something to replace the traditional bread stuffing, this is a great recipe. A chewy, nutty-tasting pilaf that can be served as a side dish or used to stuff your holiday bird. If the stuffing will be made ahead of time it will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days."
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Ready In:
3/4 cup




  • Over medium heat, in a dutch oven, heat oil.
  • Add onions and celery and cook, stirring often, for approximately 5 to 8 minutes or until softened.
  • To softened mixture, add garlic, cinnamon, and allspice and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
  • Add bulgur, stir for a few minutes to combine, than add broth, bay leaf, and salt.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover dutch oven and simmer until all liquid is gone and bulgur is tender, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine dried cranberries and orange juice.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and add a few slits in the plastic wrap for vents.
  • Microwave on high for approximately 2 minutes.
  • This step can also be done on the stove top.
  • In a small saucepan, bring dried cranberries and orange juice to a simmer.
  • Remove from microwave or heat and set aside to let cranberries plump.
  • In large mixing bowl, add bulgur and discard the bay leaf.
  • Add cranberries, toasted hazelnuts, parsley, and pepper to bulgur.
  • Fluff mixture with a fork and serve.
  • NOTE: If making the stuffing ahead of time and reheating; place bowl of stuffing in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water added.
  • Cover stuffing and microwave on high for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.
  • The stuffing can also be baked at 350F degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or also until heated through.
  • If using to stuff a turkey, prepare as stated above.
  • Let cool completely and place about 5 cups of stuffing loosely into the turkey cavities.
  • Heat remainder separately.

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  1. Linky
    Very yummy! I wanted to make a meal out of it, so added diced chicken breast after the onion and celery was done. Worked very well!
  2. threeovens
    Great alternative to bread stuffing.
  3. Outta Here
    Great recipe. I served this as a side but going to try it as a stuffing next time. Went well with grilled game hens. Made for Spring 2014 PAC.
  4. bluemoon downunder
    This is a recipe with easy to follow instructions which produces a flavoursome stuffing with a lovely blend of flavours and variety of textures. I used it to stuff a chicken and I baked what didn’t fit into the chicken in a separate baking dish. I followed the recipe exactly except for using 4 cloves of garlic and adding a cup of mushrooms. Just loved the allspice and cinnamon flavouring. I’ll be making this again, for stuffing and as a side dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe.



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