Sautéd Leek, Giblet and Whole Grain Dressing

Prep time 25 minutes       Cook time 30 minutes - 1 hour       Serves 14 persons


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12 chopped thick-sliced hickory-smoked bacon3 Tbsp. butter2 cups sliced leeks2 cups chopped celery root1 ½ cups chopped parsnips8 cups whole grain bread, cubed and toasted4 cups country white bread, cubed and toasted2 cups cooked bulgur wheatGiblets from turkey, cooked and chopped⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme½ tsp. salt¼ tsp. black pepper3 cups chicken broth or reserved broth from giblets


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

  2. Place neck, heart, gizzard, water to cover, salt and pepper to taste in large saucepan. (Reserve the liver for later use or discard).
  3. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover.
  4. Simmer 1-½ hours, adding the liver, if desired, for last 30 minutes of cooking time.
  5. Strain stock; cover and refrigerate until ready to use in stuffing mixture.
  6. Remove meat from neck; discard bones. Finely chop neck meat, heart, gizzard and liver, if using; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Cook bacon in a large saucepan on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon, leaving bacon fat in pan. Drain bacon on paper toweling. Add butter to bacon fat.
  8. Sauté leek, celery root and parsnips in bacon-butter mixture until tender-crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Combine cooked vegetables, bread, bulgur wheat, cooked giblets, parsley, herbs, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and cooked bacon in a large bowl. Gradually pour in chicken broth, mixing until all ingredients are moist.
  10. Place mixture in well greased 4-quart baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 °.