Apple Mushroom Walnut Stuffing:
Saute in pan, then combine with breadcrumbs...
2 peeled and cored small to medium apples, diced into 1/2" pieces
1 large loaf of your favorite bread, cut in small 1" cubes (shown is a mix of white, wheat and pumpernickel) baked in oven until dry and crunchy, or one bag of prepared stuffing croutons.
1/2 large white onion diced
3 stalks of celery diced
1/3 large red or yellow bell pepper diced small
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
3 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 to 1 tsp dried sage
1/2 to 1 tsp poultry seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In large saucepan, simmer onions, and celery in some veg broth until tender, then add the apples, mushrooms, spinach, basil, and spices. Once all is good and tender, mix in large bowl with diced toasted bread, and optional but recommended 1/2 cup chopped up walnuts. Pour about 1/2 to 1.5 cups vegetable broth over, I like mine a bit softer, so I use a little over a cup. Place in parchment lined or lightly sprayed baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20 min covered, 10 min uncovered or until top layer is crunchy. Add more veg broth if needed. This serves 6 easily as a side dish. Feel free to get creative with this recipe, I think adding raisins or cranberries would be a nice touch as well. A great topping for this stuffing is the Country Style Pepper Gravy.