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Southwestern Bread Stuffing

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Serves 12 to 14

Chorizo and roasted poblanos bring a little heat to this bread stuffing, while chunks of tender butternut squash lend a sweet contrast. For a Southwestern Thanksgiving feast, pair it with its companion Roast Turkey and Gravy.

  • 1 1-lb. loaf rustic white bread with crust, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (12 to 14 cups)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the baking dish
  • 2 large yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 medium celery heart, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 lb. fresh Mexican chorizo (or hot Italian sausage), casings removed
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash (cut into 3/4-inch cubes)
  • 3 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth; more as needed

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Mix the bread cubes, 1/4 cup of the oil, and the garlic in a very large bowl, tossing to coat. Spread in a single layer on 2 large rimmed baking sheets; set the bowl aside. Bake, stirring, swapping positions, and rotating the pans halfway through, until just golden, about 12 minutes. Return the bread to the bowl. (The bread can be prepared to this point up to 3 days ahead. Cool, cover, and store at room temperature.)

Lower the oven temperature to 350°F. Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 15 minutes. Add to the bread.

Return the skillet to medium heat and heat the remaining  1 Tbs. oil. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring and breaking it up with the back of a spoon, until browned and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to the stuffing. Drain off and discard all but 1 Tbs. of the fat from the skillet (if there isn’t enough, add 1 Tbs. olive oil). Add the squash and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to the stuffing along with the poblanos, parsley,  oregano, cumin, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. pepper. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.

Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl to blend and then whisk in the broth. Pour the egg mixture over the stuffing and gently toss to combine. Let the stuffing sit until the liquid is absorbed, 5 to 10 minutes, tossing again if necessary. Add up to 1/2 cup additional broth if the stuffing seems dry; the mixture should be moist but not soggy.

Transfer to the prepared dish. Bake until lightly browned and crisp on top, about 40 minutes. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 360; Fat (g): 24; Fat Calories (kcal): 210; Saturated Fat (g): 10; Protein (g): 14; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9; Carbohydrates (g): 28; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): 610; Cholesterol (mg): 70; Fiber (g): 4;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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