Mid-atlantic mushroom and chestnut stuffing

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
Loaves old-fashioned white bread; cut into 1/2-inch
; cubes (about 16
; cups) (1-pound)
½ cup Butter; (1 stick)
3 larges Onions; chopped
1 pounds Mushrooms; sliced
5 Celery stalks; chopped
1½ pounds Fresh chestnuts; roasted, shelled,
; chopped (about 3
; cups) or 3 cups
; steamed chestnuts
; in jar, very
; coarsely chopped
; (about 15 ounces)
¼ cup Chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
3 tablespoons Chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons
; dried
½ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
1½ cup Canned low-salt chicken broth; (about)

STUFFING

Preheat oven to 400F. Divide bread between 2 large baking sheets. Bake until golden, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Transfer to large bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms; stir until mushrooms begin to soften and release juices, about 5 minutes. Add celery and stir 2 minutes. Mix contents of skillet into bread cubes. Mix in chestnuts, thyme, rosemary and nutmeg.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

To bake stuffing in turkey:

Mix ½ cup chicken broth into stuffing. Fill main turkey cavity with stuffing. Mix enough chicken broth into remaining stuffing to moisten (about ½ to ¾ cup chicken broth, depending on amount of remaining stuffing). Spoon remaining stuffing into buttered baking dish. Cover stuffing with buttered aluminum foil. Bake stuffing in a dish alongside turkey until heated through, about 45 minutes.

To bake all stuffing in pan:

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter 15x10x2-inch baking dish. Mix 1½ cups broth into stuffing. Transfer to prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil. Bake until heated through, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Makes 16 Servings (About 19 cups).

Bon Appetit November 1994

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