Recipes: Thanksgiving Favorites From Dan Barber

Dan Barber has built his business around farm-fresh food, long before it was trendy. Growing up working on Blue Hill, his grandmother's farm, Barber now operates two New York restaurants named in the farm's honor.

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Mushroom-Hazelnut Stuffing

Recipe courtesy of Dan Barber

Serves eight

2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 small shallots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped onion
3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 pound Portobello, shiitake, or a combination of wild mushrooms, stems removed, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
8 cups cubed, dried brioche, crusts removed (country bread can be substituted)
1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
3 sage leaves, chopped
3/4 cup hazelnuts, halved and lightly toasted
3 extra-large eggs, beaten
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon hazelnut oil (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 10 tablespoons butter in a large skillet, add shallots, garlic and onion, and sweat until translucent. Add 1 teaspoon thyme and the mushrooms.

Cook until the mushrooms are light brown. Add the wine, and cook until the liquid evaporates, then repeat with the stock. Season with salt and pepper. Place the mushrooms in a bowl.

Generously butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan or 3-quart casserole dish.

Put bread, parsley, sage, hazelnuts, remaining thyme and mushroom mixture in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, cream and hazelnut oil until combined, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Spread the stuffing in the casserole, then cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil, and bake another 30 minutes, until golden, vent, then finish baking, 5 to 7 minutes.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Dan Barber

Serves eight

1 orange, peeled, pit removed, juiced
1/2 lemon, peeled, pit removed, juiced
1 12-ounce package cranberries

1/2 large red onion, finely diced
1/2 tea of yuzu juice
2 cups port
2-inch knob ginger, peeled and julienned
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
11/2 teaspoons kosher salt br/> Freshly ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier


Julienne the orange and lemon peel. Heat citrus juices in a small saucepan, add peel and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, cook the cranberries, onion, port, ginger, brown sugar, salt, pepper and cinnamon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the Grand Marnier, citrus peels and juice. Set aside to cool and serve at room temperature.

Nondairy Fennel Soup

Recipe courtesy of Dan Barber

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 small shallots, minced
3 1/2 cups diced fennel, white part only, reserving green fronds for garnish t
1 apple, peeled and diced
Salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
4 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and shallots, and sweat until translucent. Add the fennel and apple, and season with salt and pepper.

Cook for a few minutes before adding the fennel seeds and stock, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add thyme and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a blender and purée, adding the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Return to saucepan and heat gently. Garnish with fennel fronds.