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Holiday Side Dishes: Pecan Dressing

Posted on 11/18/2013

While this may not be the healthiest side dish, we just had to share this Texan tradition from Texas Monthly – because, well, it’s just delicious and it wouldn’t be a Texan Thanksgiving without it! (We did note a few healthy substitutions.)

Serves about 15

10 cups dried bread; half white bread and half, not sweet!, cornbread (try wheat bread for a healthier version)
3 cups pecan pieces
2 large sweet onions, minced
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon paprika
4 cups whole milk (substitute chicken broth for a healthier version)
1 cup melted butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups celery, chopped

Tear bread into small pieces. Add pecans, onions, and seasonings. Stir in remaining ingredients in the order given. Bake in a casserole dish (or two) at 325 degrees until crispy and brown around the edges, about an hour.