Fruit Stuffing | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Festive Fruit & Hazelnut Stuffing


20 min.


48 min.

Serving Size

10 servings

A great stuffing makes every festive meal better.


  • 7 cups (1.75 L) Italian, sourdough or white bread, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 apple, unpeeled and diced
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled and diced
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled and diced
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL (100 g pkg) hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). To dry out bread, place on a large baking sheet and bake for 15 min, stirring once. Butter a 10-inch (25 cm) casserole dish. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk. Add bread and stir.
2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onions with celery until tender, about 3 min. Stir in fruit, hazelnuts, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Add to bread mixture; stir to combine. Pour into prepared dish. Bake about 45 min or until puffed and hot in centre.


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  • Use day-old bread, if you can. It’s even better.
  • Let your children cut the bread into cubes.
  • If they’re too young for a knife, they can help by tearing bread into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces.
  • Remove an Italian sausage from casing and cook along with onion and celery.