Silver Palate Grand Marnier Apricot Stuffing

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 12-14
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the apricots and 1 cup of the Grand Marnier in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat and set aside. (If you simply must, simmer the giblets in a small saucepan covered with water for 5 minutes. When cool, remove and finely dice, discarding the liquid.).
  • Melt ½ cup of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and saute for 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • In the same skillet, cook the sausage, crumbling it with a fork, until it’s no longer pink. Remove from heat and add to the celery & onion mixture.
  • Add the stuffing mix, apricots with the liquid, the almonds (and the optional giblets.) Stir to combine.
  • Heat the remaining 1/2 cup butter and chicken stock just until the butter melts. Pour over the stuffing mixture and add the remaining 1/2 cup of Grand Marnier. Stir well to moisten the stuffing, adding the thyme, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake stuffing in a large buttered casserole at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • If you insist, you’ll have enough to stuff a 21-24 pound bird with a small extra casserole on the side.
  • Note: I usually make just ½ recipe. The Grand Marnier is expensive. If not in your budget, you might substitute another orange flavored liqueur (even Southern Comfort works.).
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