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There is a lovely work called the Thanksgiving Cookbook by Holly Garrison that has a Calvados Rye Stuffing. I’ve blogged the recipe and we loved it. Thing is, this Thanksgiving our grandson Daniel was with us. It just seemed a bit of a stretch to incorporate that Calvados into something a 12-year old was about to consume.

So, Suzen went cautious. We kept most of the recipe, but added more stock in place of the Calvados. Daniel was happy eating it in volumes. I’m still working on the leftovers.

Suzen’s Apple and Rye Stuffing

Yield: 2 ½ cups


  • ¼ pound butter
  • 5 celery ribs, finely chopped [2 cups]
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped [1 cup]
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and chopped [about 3 cups]
  • 9 cups of bread rye bread pieces, dried and broken into postage stamp-sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage leaves, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup turkey stock


Heat the butter in a large skillet until melted. Pour off ¼ cup and set aside. Add the celery, onion, and apples to the butter remaining tin the skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until tender-crisp. Combine the skillet mixture, bread, sage, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and toss gently until well mixed. Drizzle the ⅔ cup of the stock over the ingredients and mix well. If the stuffing mixture is too dry, add the remainder of the stock. You can add water as well. The mixture is properly moist when it hold together when lightly pressed in the palms of your hands.

Place in a greased pan big enough to support a 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 60 minutes. If the top of the bread begins to singe, pull it.

Source: Inspired by Thanksgiving Cookbook by Holly Garrison

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