Porcini Bread Stuffing

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Total Time
1hr 40mins
10 mins
1 hr 30 mins

from todays NY Times, this is meatless and is easy to prepare. the porcinis and cognac give it a rich flavor. this is perfect if you prefer to cook your stuffing outside the bird, as i do.

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  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees, and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Soak mushrooms in 2 cups warm water about 30 minutes.
  3. Drain, reserving liquid.
  4. Thickly slice mushrooms.
  5. Meanwhile simmer Calvados in a saucepan until reduced to about 5 ounces.
  6. Melt remaining butter in large pan, add onions, and sauté until transparent.
  7. Sprinkle with salt if onions are browning too fast.
  8. Add sliced mushrooms, and sauté 2 minutes.
  9. Add bread, mushroom liquid, chopped parsley, rosemary and sage.
  10. Stir in reduced Calvados, applesauce, raisins, nuts and enough stock so mixture is moist but not wet.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Turn into buttered baking dish.
  13. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, until firm and crusty.