Oven-Baked Bread Stuffing with Ham, Pine Nuts, and Fennel
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to come up with a side dish stuffing recipe that could be eaten with a variety of holiday roasts. After testing eight different kinds of bread, we settled on French for our stuffing recipe. It held up to the addition of liquid necessary for moistening, maintaining some structure and chew. To determine the content of the liquid ingredients, we tested several stuffings moistened with chicken stock that was combined variously with wine, port, brandy, and cream. Somewhat to our surprise, we returned to plain chicken stock. It delivered a clean taste that wouldn't compete with the other ingredients added to the stuffing.