Apricot and Hazelnut Stuffing

Description

Not your usual stuffing, but delicious. It is worth a try.

Ingredients

1⁄2 c
apricots (dried)
2 T
onion (choped onion)
1 rib
celery (chopped)
1 1⁄2 T
oil (or butter, for a traditional taste)
2 T
hazelnuts (totasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped)
1⁄2 c
bread crumbs (fresh bread crumbs)
1⁄2 t
lemon zest (grated)

Instructions

  1. Place apricots in a bowl and cover in boiling water. Soak.
  2. Heat butter in a pan. Fry onion and  celery gently until soft but not brown.
  3. Drain apricots, reserving the liquid. Chop.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Add breadcrumbs, hazelnuts, chopped apricots and lemon rind. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Mix well.  Allow to cool before filling cavities in the bird.

Notes

The apricots should release enough liquid to keep the stuffing together. If the mixture appears to be dry, add some of the liquid reserved.

This recipe would be enough for a 4-5 lb chicken.