Wild Mushroom Stuffing


2 cups hot water
1ounce dried porcini mushrooms

1-1/2 to 1 ¾-pound loaf unsliced egg bread, crust trimmed, bread cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 16 cups)

6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 ¼ pounds crimini or button mushrooms, sliced
½ pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced

1 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
½ c heavy cream
¾ cup mushroom broth


Preparation Combine 2 cups hot water and porcini mushrooms in medium bowl; let stand until mushrooms are soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, reserving soaking liquid. Squeeze porcini dry; chop coarsely.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Divide bread between 2 baking sheets. Bake until beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Cool. Transfer to very large bowl.

Melt butter in heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and crimini and shiitake mushrooms and saute until golden and tender, about 15 minutes. Mix in porcini; saute 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl with bread cubes. Mix in parsley, thyme and sage. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill porcini soaking liquid and stuffing separately.) Mix eggs into stuffing.

To bake stuffing in turkey:
Fill main turkey cavity with stuffing. Combine broth and 1/2 cup reserved porcini soaking liquid in large glass measuring cup. Add enough broth mixture to remaining stuff to moisten (about ¾ to 1 cup broth mixture, depending on amount of remaining stuffing). Spoon remaining stuffing into buttered baking dish. Cover with buttered foil. Bake stuffing in dish alongside turkey until heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is crisp, about 15 minutes.

To bake all stuffing pan:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter 15x10x2-inch baking dish. Mix ¾ cup reserved porcini soaking liquid and ¾ cup broth into stuffing. Transfer stuff to prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil and bake until heated through, about 1 hour. Uncover and bake until top is crisp, about 15 minuted.