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Harvest Muffin Stuffin' and Chipotle Gravy

November 2006
Harvest Muffin Stuffin' and Chipotle Gravy

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This slightly sweet stuffing, made with store-bought pumpkin muffins, is as easy to make as it is delicious!

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
  • 2 - 3 McIntosh apples (about 1 pound), cored and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 6 small ribs celery from the heart, leafy greens attached, chopped
  • 1 fresh or dried bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 store-bought pumpkin muffins
  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
Directions
  1. In a large, deep skillet, melt 5 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the apples, three quarters of the onions, the zucchini, celery and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler. Crumble the muffins into the skillet. Add the pumpkin seeds and poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour in up to 2 cups broth (depending on how moist you like it). Spoon the stuffing into a heatproof dish and broil until crisp, 5 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and sweat it to make it nice and sweet, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute. Stir in the chipotle and adobo sauce, then whisk in the remaining 4 cups broth. Simmer until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 7 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and serve with the stuffing.