I searched for weeks and weeks for the right recipes to make for my first raw Thanksgiving. When I stumbled upon this Thanksgiving 101 thread by EachPeachPearPlum, I knew I had hit pay dirt. I ended up making a few recipes from her post, including this one, which is freaking fantastic! It reminds me of the stuffing my mom would always make for me for Thanksgiving, and my friend even said she liked it better than traditional stuffing! No question this gets 5/5 happy monkeys.
This recipe was apparently originally posted by Karen Parker at the Fresh Network, but the link to that site no longer works. Luckily it’s still around on the thread above. Of course, I tweaked the original recipe a bit. Using fresh cranberries really made this dish and I added some currents because for extra deliciousness.
* 1 cup almonds, soaked 12 hours
* 1 cup walnuts, soaked 2 hours
* 2 cups pecans, soaked 1 hour
* 1/2 cup raisins, rehydrated in water
* 1/2 cup cranberries, unsweetened (I used fresh, organic cranberries — amazing!!)
* 1/2 cup parsnips, finely chopped
* 1 1/2 cups sweet apples, diced
* 1 1/2 cups celery, diced
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 1/4 cup fresh sage, minced
* 2 tablespoons fresh, young rosemary, minced
* 4 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
* 4 tablespoons fresh marjoram, minced
* 2 tablespoons Celtic sea salt
* 1/3 cup dried currants
Combine pecans, almonds and walnuts in food processor. Pulse nuts until they are slightly grounded (you don’t want to emulsify them). Add raisins and pulse for 20 seconds. Transfer mixture to large mixing bowl.
Stir in all remaining ingredients. Place stuffing onto dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 90°F for 12 hours or until dry. Serve stuffing warm from dehydrator with or without gravy. Stuffing mixture can also be made in advance. It stores for up to 3 days in the refrigerator prior to dehydration, and up to two weeks after dehydration.
Note: these are the official directions, but I’m pretty sure I just threw everything that needed to be chopped (nuts, celery, apple, parsnips, herbs, etc.) into the food processor and processed it all together to make it easier. Then I mixed in the fresh cranberries at the end.