Aired August 27, 2007
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus extra for oiling the pan
1/2 stick of butter, softened
1 fresh bay leaf
4 ribs celery and greens from the heart, chopped
1 medium to large yellow onion, chopped
3 Macintosh apples, quartered and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped
8 cups cubed stuffing mix (recommended brand Pepperidge Farm) or homemade croutons of any bread you choose -- pumpernickel and rye also work well
4-5 cups chicken stock
If preparing the "Stuffin' Muffins"
Additional 1/2 stick of butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the EVOO to the skillet and the butter. When the butter melts, add the bay leaf, celery, onions and apples. Season with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning, and cook 5-6 minutes or until vegetables and apples begin to soften.
Add the parsley and stuffing cubes to the pan and combine. Moisten the stuffing with chicken broth until all of the bread is soft, but not wet. Remove bay leaf and let cool either in the pan or in a bowl.
For individual muffins: Brush a 12 muffin cup holder with the remaining butter. Add the beaten egg to the cooled stuffing mixture.
Using an ice cream scoop, fill and mound up the stuffing in muffin tins. Bake until set and crisp on top, 10-15 minutes. Remove stuffin' muffins to a platter and serve hot or room temperature.
For a stuffin' loaf: Brush a cookie sheet or a metal oven safe oval tray with EVOO. Form a loaf shape out of your stuffing and bake until set and crisp on top, about 15-20 minutes.