Pecan Stuffing


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 15 mins
  • Makes12 to 14 cups (3 to 3.5 L), uncooked
Pecan Stuffing

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Toasted pecans add nutty flavour and texture to this traditional stuffing.


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • 675-g loaf sliced white bread, or 1 large loaf sourdough bread

  • 5 green onions

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tbsp dried thyme leaves

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Spread out nuts on a baking sheet. Toast in centre of preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Meanwhile, slice crusts from white bread only if you wish. If using sourdough, leave crusts on. Slice bread into cubes no larger than 3/4 in. (2 cm). They should measure 12 to 14 cups (3 to 3.5 L). Spread out on 2 large baking sheets (one of which is sheet used to roast nuts). Bake in 350F (180C) oven, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, about 10 min.

  • Meanwhile, thinly slice green onions. Mince garlic, then stir into butter. Once bread is toasted, place in a large bowl and sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper. Drizzle butter mixture over stuffing. Mix well to evenly distribute seasonings. While stirring, pour broth over stuffing. Stir in nuts and onions. Stuff turkey just before roasting. If making ahead, do not add nuts. Stir in just before using. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature and stuff turkey just before roasting. Or, place stuffing in an ungreased casserole dish or pie plate. Moisten with chicken broth. Cover with foil. Heat in oven with turkey during last 30 to 60 min of roasting until heated through.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 111, Protein 2.4g, Carbohydrates 12.3g, Fat 6g, Sodium 234mg.

The toasted pecans mixed with thyme in this stuffing are a perfect complement for the Cajun spice in our New Orleans Turkey and Bourbon Gravy.

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