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Fig, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Stuffing

I can’t really take any credit for this recipe, aside from the eating. It was almost completely the brainchild of our friend Bonnie, who had all the ideas except adding in the crispy garlic, which Dave came up with. I’m just playing photographer and stenographer, this time.

(Incidentally, Bonnie makes and sells the cutest, awesomest sock monkeys. I wish she had a website I could link to in saying this. If you are craving sock monkeys, you should let me know so I can send you her way.)

Stuffing is generally seen as a Thanksgiving tradition, and I know very few people who bother with it at any other time of year, myself included. What a damn shame. Now is the time for stuffing, it turns out, while the markets are full of fresh figs and local sweet potatoes. The figs add so much flavor to this stuffing, added in raw at the very end. The sweet potatoes add richness and pull up the figs’ sweetness to a level I prefer, and the texture of the wild rice is the perfect foil for the rest.

I must confess that stuffing is a misnomer, as we never stuffed this stuffing into anything but our bellies. What of it? The best Thanksgiving stuffings are usually those cooked outside of the bird.

Incidentally, this post is yet another entry for La Festa Al Fresco 2007.

Fig, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Stuffing
3 sweet potatoes
1/2 lb wild rice
1 pint fresh black mission figs, chopped into 1/2″ chunks
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Rinse the sweet potatoes and poke holes in them with a fork, then wrap them each separately in aluminum foil and bake at 375°F until tender (45-60 minutes). Once they’re ready, unwrap them and let them cool just enough to be able to peel them and chop them into 1/2″ chunks.

Boil plenty of salted water, add in the wild rice, and gently boil, covered, until tender (45-60
minutes). Drain and set aside.

Heat the butter in a pan and cook the garlic in it over medium heat, stirring often, until crispy.

stir all ingredients together and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serve with roast chicken and gravy for best effect.

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12 Responses to “Fig, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Stuffing”

  1. Lisa says:

    Holy cow! I can’t tell you how good that sounds! I love figs.. I could live on sweet potatoes.. and crispedy garlic to boot? *swoon*

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing at the Festa.. I can’t wait to get to the market for figs and sweet potatoes!

    You totally rock.


  2. Vanessa says:

    Hey Danielle – this looks like a winning combination. I’m thinking that it could almost be a main course if you baked it in a casserole and maybe threw some parmesan over the top. I might have to try it!!!
    Sexy photo too.

  3. Danielle says:

    Lisa – I can’t wait to hear how it works out for you!

    Vanessa – That sounds like a great idea! Give it a try, and please let me know how it goes.

  4. M says:

    If you had to make this dairy-free (no butter), do you think you could use extra virgin or light olive oil (or a different recommendation)?

  5. Danielle says:

    M – Using olive oil for a dairy-free version should work just fine.

  6. Ivonne says:

    I’m salivating over here, Danielle! Thank you so much!

  7. arfi says:

    I love the combination of this rice salad. Great to accompany with my lemonade I would think hehehe…

  8. Danielle says:

    Ivonne – Thank you, and you’re welcome!

    arfi – You’re right, I think they go very well together. ^^

  9. Josie says:

    Sock monkeys (and glass beads for that matter) can be sold internationally on Etsy.com. I’m not selling anything there at the moment but I do spend hours looking at things other people have made. Sometimes I buy too!

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  11. Sunny says:

    Is there a way I can print this receipe w/o printing this whole page? Looks yummy. I just finished eating a box of Mission Figs…not all at once now. I just add them to my hot oatmeal when I microwave it. I also put them into my vitamin smoothie and blend/ And then I mix them with blueberries, a little honey and coconut oil. Microwave for about 20 sec(depending on how much you are doing. Tastes like blueberry pie. Delicious. I sure do love figs. I sometimes just pop them in my mouth like candy and eat them.

  12. John says:

    We recently moved to Hattiesburg, MS. Our neighbors have a dozen or so Fig Trees. New to us, being from Iowa. It is such a pleasure to see the variety of fruits. We just don’t know what to do with all the bounty. I am going to try your recipe, I think it will be a big hit. Thanks.

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