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Apple-Cabbage Dressing

Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 (16-ounce) loaves sliced rye bread (we tested with Pepperidge Farm)
  • 3/4 pound coarsely chopped cabbage (about 1/2 small)
  • 2 medium cooking apples, diced (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted and divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth

How to Make It

  1. Place bread slices in single layers on 2 baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until almost crisp, using both racks in oven. Tear bread into small pieces, and place in a 4-quart bowl.

  2. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven; add cabbage, and cook, uncovered, 3 minutes. Drain and immediately run cold water over cabbage; pat dry with paper towels. Add to bread in bowl, and set aside.

  3. Cook apple, onion, celery, and garlic in 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, stirring often. Add apple mixture to cabbage; stir in salt and pepper.

  4. Pour cider and broth over bread mixture, tossing gently. Spoon mixture into a buttered 13" x 9" baking dish; drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup melted butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004