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Spicy Apricot Stuffing

Spicy Apricot Stuffing

Spicy Apricot Stuffing is a classic turkey stuffing with tangy sweet bits of dried apricot, medium hot green chiles, and sliced almonds – a tasty variation.

Classic turkey stuffing is great, but I love experimenting with variations that have bits of tangy sweet fruit, crunchy nuts, and just a bit of heat and chile flavor from one of my favorite chiles, the Big Jim; that’s exactly what we have with this Spicy Apricot Stuffing. Plus it’s super easy as it’s just a stuffing mix prepared per the directions , then adding the apricots, almonds, and diced green chiles. Easy peasy and rather elegant. For this recipe, I used one box of Mrs. Cubbison’s Stuffing Mix.

In this case, I prepared the stuffing per the directions, then divided it in two and added the apricots, almonds, and chiles just to one half. Why? Well, some folks just gotta have classic stuffing. They just don’t go for messing with tradition. Well, it’s very easy to accommodate them with this recipe. Did I taste the traditional. Oh, yeah, and it was good; but I’ve gotten to the point where I really prefer stuffing that has some interesting contrasts like this. Needless to say, it all got eaten.

I used just a cup of the Big Jim chiles. That’s the right amount to get some heat and chile flavor without it coming out hot. I thought it was just right. You can always blend in some chiles and taste it to get the right amount before stuffing the turkey.

You might want to experiment with this like I did. Hope you like it!

Spicy Apricot Stuffing
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Spicy, nutty, tangy sweet version of classic turkey stuffing - for 8 to 15 lb turkey - double for larger turkey.
Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 12 oz package Mrs. Cubbison's Traditional Stuffing mix *
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1½ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup diced medium hot green chiles (Big Jim)
  • *note - other brands stuffing mix are ok, just include celery & onion when following directions
  1. Prepare stuffing mix per directions on the box; this means cooking celery and onion in butter until soft, then adding chicken broth and seasoned bread cubes.
  2. Stir in the dried apricots, almonds, and green chiles.
  3. Stuff the turkey with the stuffng and roast turkey per directions.
  4. After removing turkey from oven, scoop stuffing out, place in shallow baking dish and return to oven for about 20 minutes to lightly brown and crisp it on top.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


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