Provided by: Chef Thomas Keller
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, soak 1/2 cup of croutons in apple cider. Mix the honey and dry currants together in a small saucepan and warm over low heat. Render the bacon lardons in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sweat over low heat. Add the walnuts, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan, and add the horseradish. Add a second tablespoon of butter, and when it has melted, add the apples and celery. Add the last tablespoon of butter, stir in well, and season with salt and pepper. When the apples and celery are half cooked, add the soaked croutons and let them break into the mixture. Stir in the parsley and remaining croutons and finish cooking. The croutons should retain most of their shape.
Put the stuffing into a large ceramic dish, drizzle the honey and currants over the top, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Garnish with celery leaves.(Published 2005)