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King Boletus Stuffing

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A Tom Douglas® Recipe


  • 1 loaf European style rustic bread, about 1 pound
  • 5 tablespoons ‘Rub with Love’ Veggie Rub
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
  • ¼ cup minced shallots
  • 1-pound mushrooms, cleaned, tough stems removed, finely chopped by hand or in the processor
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup toasted and chopped hazelnuts
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries, soaked in hot water 15 minutes and drained
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 cups chicken stock, hot
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.  
  2. Butter a large shallow baking dish, such as a 9x13-inch pan, and set aside.
  3. To toast the bread, cut the crusts off the loaf, then cut the bread into 1½ inch chunks. You should have about 8 cups of bread cubes. 
  4. In a bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of ‘Rub with Love’ Veggie Rub, and season to taste with salt and pepper.    
  5. Spread the bread out on a baking sheet and toast until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.  
  7. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
  8. To make the duxelles, place the porcini in a small heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over them.  Steep until soft, about 20 minutes.
  9. Rub the porcini to remove any grit, then remove them from the water, coarsely chop, and set aside.
  10. Strain the soaking liquid through a fine sieve, or a cheesecloth-lined sieve, into a small saucepan.  
  11. Bring the soaking liquid to a boil over high heat, reduce the liquid until syrupy, and set aside. (You should have about ¼ cup porcini syrup.)  
  12. Melt 5 tablespoons of the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  
  13. Add the shallot and cook a few minutes until softened.  
  14. Add the finely chopped mushrooms and cook until softened.  
  15. Add the porcini syrup and the chopped porcini and season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper.  
  16. Cook the duxelles until soft and paste-like, stirring occasionally and turning the heat down if needed to prevent scorching as the liquid evaporates, about 15 to 20 minutes total cooking time.  
  17. Remove the duxelles from the heat and set aside.
  18. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté the celery and onion until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.  
  19. Remove from the heat.  
  20. In a large bowl, combine the toasted bread, 3 tablespoons of ‘Rub with Love’ Veggie Rub, the duxelles, the celery and onion, the hazelnuts, cranberries or cherries, herbs, and chicken stock.  
  21. Stir everything together well.  
  22. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  
  23. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan.  
  24. Cover the pan with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake another 35 minutes until the top is crusty and golden.