11.22.2011

lovin' the stuffin'


My favorite dish that's part of the Thanksgiving feast is definitely stuffing. I heap piles onto my plate and no breadcrumb is left behind. I would choose the dish with the most carb goodness to shove my face with.  I feel no guilt. The holiday only rolls around once a year, so I'm getting my year's worth.

I love to see different spins on the traditional bowl of bread pieces. I went through some Food Network recipes and found three that I must try...

 Ingredients
  • 1 pound hard chorizo diced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot (1 large carrot)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 cups crumbled corn bread
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Directions
Cook the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat until the fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the onion, carrotscelery, and garlic to the chorizo and cook until the vegetables have carmelized, about 10 minutes.
Add the crumbled corn bread, chicken stock, and cilantro. Make sure that the stuffing itself is not to dry but at the same time not to wet.
Place the stuffing into a buttered casserole and bake in the oven until heated through and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

 Ingredients
  • 16 cups 1-inch bread cubes, white or sourdough (1 1/2 pound loaf)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups medium-diced yellow onion (2 onions)
  • 1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks)
  • Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored and large-diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Directions
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Place the bread cubes in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the bread cubes to a very large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onions, celery, apples, parsley, salt and pepper. Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Add to the bread cubes.

In the same saute pan, cook the sausage over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a fork while cooking. Add to the bread cubes and vegetables.

Add the chicken stock and cranberries to the mixture, mix well, and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned on top and hot in the middle. Serve warm.

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 8 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (7.4-ounce) jars roasted peeled whole chestnuts, coarsely broken
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 pound day-old ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten to blend
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 15 by 10 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Saute until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the chestnuts and parsley. Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the pancetta. Add the bread and Parmesan and toss to coat. Add enough broth to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs.

Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.
[images courtesy of Food Network; edited]

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