• 11/2 Cups California raisins
  • 1/2 Cup hot water
  • 1/2 Cup butter or margarine
  • 1 Cup sliced celery
  • 1 Cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 Cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Cups diced fresh apples
  • 3/4 Cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 Cups bread cubes, toasted
  • 11/2 Teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon allspice
  • 1 Teaspoon salt


In small bowl, combine raisins and water; set aside. Melt butter in Dutch oven. Add celery, onions and parsley. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes. Stir in apples and walnuts; cook 5 minutes. Add raisin mixture and remaining ingredients. Cook and stir 2 to 5 minutes until bread is evenly moistened and heated through. Scoop onto greased baking sheet with ice cream scoop. Bake in 350°F oven 20 minutes, brushing with additional melted butter, if desired. Serve on baked or steamed acorn squash rings, or use stuffing for your holiday bird.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 390 (Calories from Fat 46%); Total Fat 20 ( Saturated Fat 8; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 30; Sodium 590; Potassium 437; Total Carbohydrate 49; Dietary Fiber 5; Sugars 27; Protein 7; Calcium 60; Iron 3;

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Raisins are great food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.