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In a sourdough state of mind

Rustic Stuffing Bread from Boudin Bakery is made with cranberries, celery, onion, garlic, rosemary, sage and parsley.
Rustic Stuffing Bread from Boudin Bakery is made with cranberries, celery, onion, garlic, rosemary, sage and parsley. Boudin Bakery

When you think “California Thanksgiving,” do you see sourdough stuffing?

With its crunchy crust and tangy taste, San Francisco-style sourdough bread must be the doughy face of California celebratory food. At least, it is in the eyes of the New York Times’ food writers who compiled “The United States of Thanksgiving,” recipes that evoke our 50 states and their appetite for quintessential foods.

For its California representative on this nationwide Thanksgiving table, the New York Times served up Sourdough Stuffing with Kale, Dates and Turkey Sausage, a recipe created by Los Angeles chef and restaurateur Suzanne Goin. Besides the bread, she used dates and almonds — two California crops — plus kale (an unusual green twist to represent our farm-to-fork obsession).

Boudin Bakery, which has been baking real San Francisco sourdough for more than 150 years, also put a twist on this holiday (or anytime) staple with Rustic Stuffing Bread, a special bread available now through Dec. 31 at Boudin Bakery locations.

This cranberry-studded sourdough contains several extra ingredients usually associated with turkey dressing: celery, onions, garlic, sage, rosemary and parsley. These additions give the bread a slightly green tint, but also loads of flavor that goes great with roast turkey.

Besides selling whole loaves (8-ounce round, $2.99, or 2-pound loaf, $7.99), Boudin also added two sandwiches to its cafe menu made with its Rustic Stuffing Bread: Turkey Melt (with bacon and Havarti cheese, $8.29) or classic Turkey (with slices of Granny Smith apple, $7.99). Customers also can order fall soups such as butternut squash or chicken wild rice, served in a Rustic Stuffing Bread bowl ($7.19).

With so much flavor already incorporated into its crumbs, this Rustic Stuffing Bread probably would make an appetizing turkey stuffing, too — with or without kale.

In the greater Sacramento area, Boudin Bakery cafes are located at Loehmann’s Plaza (2573 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento) and Fountains at Roseville (1017 Galleria Blvd., Suite 100, Roseville). For more locations or to order Boudin’s special breads online, go to www.boudinbakery.com.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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