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Bourbon Pear Pecan Stuffing.

I don’t know about you but alcohol plays a big role in our holiday celebrations.  The Husby’s family is Irish, and the Irish?  Well, they like to drink.

I was intrigued by the bourbon that was called for in the recipe so I decided to give it a try at the “Friendsgiving” dinner we hosted earlier this week.  It was by far everyone’s favorite side of the evening.  Sauteeing the pears in the touch of booze provided a sweet-smokiness to the otherwise savory dish, and the toasted pecans lent a welcome crunch.  I think it would be excellent to use homemade toasted bread cubes as the original recipe called for in lieu of the stuffing mix, but I was lazy and it still came out wonderfully.  It would certainly be an elegant dish to add to your Thanksgiving table.

Bourbon Pear Pecan Stuffing – slightly adapted from Food Network

  • 6 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 Celery Stalks, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Sage, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme, roughly chopped
  • 2 Bosc Pears, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Bourbon (I used Maker’s Mark)
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1 Package Unseasoned Stuffing
  • 1 Cup Toasted Pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion, carrots, celery, sage, and thyme and cook for 5 minutes, until soft.  Add the pears and cook an additional 3 minutes.

Pour in the bourbon and simmer 2 minutes, then add the chicken broth.  Return to a simmer another 5-10 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the eggs and parsley in a large bowl.  Add the stuffing and pecans, then the hot mixture.  Toss gently until combined.

Spoon the stuffing into a buttered 9×13 baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.