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Brioche and Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Wild Mushroom Stuffing
Karen Mordechai

Prep 45 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr 30 mins
Sides
American
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 4 cups sliced leeks (white and light green parts only, 1/2-inch-thick [12-mm] slices)
  • 1 pound king trumpet or cremini mushrooms chopped or sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Comté or Gruyère cheese shredded
  • 6 cups cubed brioche or substitute challah (or, for a less squishy and less sweet stuffing, substitute a hearty artisan loaf of white or walnut bread)
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • 1 cup homemade chicken stock or canned chicken broth plus more if needed

Directions 

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, leeks, mushrooms, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the wine and thyme sprigs to the pan and cook until the wine has almost evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and discard the thyme sprigs and scrape the vegetables and any liquid into a bowl.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, a generous pinch of salt and pepper, and the cheese. Add the cooked vegetables, brioche, and parsley, and toss to combine. Mix in 1/2 cup stock. Continue to add as much of the remaining 1/2 cup stock, a couple tablespoons at a time, as needed until the stuffing is moist but not wet (there should not be any liquid in the bottom of the bowl). Transfer the stuffing to a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish and cover with buttered aluminum foil. (You can refrigerate the dressing for up to a couple days, adding a few more minutes to the time in the oven.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) or, if you've been roasting a turkey, when you remove the turkey from the oven and set it aside to rest, adjust the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Place the covered baking dish in the oven and bake until the stuffing is warmed through, 25 to 30 minutes. Then uncover the stuffing and bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.