Christmas Forest Stuffing


Christmas Forest Stuffing looking like a forest floor in the fall.

Stuffing is one of my favorite holiday foods. Unfortunately, a major ingredient in stuffing is bread crumbs. During the middle ages people used nut meat as bread. This stuffing originally came from a paleo-diet recipe and was described as looking like a forest floor in the fall. After finding this recipe I do not pine for the conventional holiday stuffing anymore. This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
8 dried apricots, quartered
8 dried plums, quartered
1/2c dried currants or raisins
1/8c butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 apple, chopped
1c walnuts, soaked and dried
1c pecans, soaked and dried
1c whole raw cranberries
1tsp cloves, freshly ground
1/4tsp hot pepper, freshly ground
1/2tsp fresh ginger, freshly grated
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp parsley, finely chopped
1tsp sea salt
1tsp black pepper, freshly ground
Pour enough boiling water to cover the dried fruit. Allow the dried fruit to soften for about half an hour. Saute the onions and celery in butter until soft. Add the chopped apple near the end of the cooking. Remove from the heat and add all the remaining ingredients together. Stuff the turkey as usual or cook the stuffing separately in a covered glass container for 45 minutes at 350F. When ready to serve pour some of the liquid from the turkey over the stuffing for a richer flavor.