Your Life A to Z Recipe: Friday, November 22nd, 2013: Mushroom Chestnut Stuffing and Cranberry Chutney

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Your Life A to Z Recipe: Friday, November 22nd

By:  Chef Lee Hilson, Burger Bistro at the Phoenician

Mushroom Chestnut Stuffing

•    6 tablespoons butter
•    8 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
•    2 large onions, diced
•    2 carrots, diced
•    2 celery stalks, diced
•    3 garlic cloves, chopped
•    2 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
•    1 pound mushrooms, chopped
•    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•    2 (7.4-ounce) jars roasted peeled whole chestnuts, coarsely chopped
•    2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
•    1 pound day-old ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
•    1 cup chicken broth, plus more if needed
•    2 large eggs, beaten
•    1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 15 by 10 by 2-inch glass baking dish.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heavy 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 plate lined with a paper towel.
Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, rosemary sauté for a minute or two then add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Saute until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes.
In a large bowl, add the sauteed vegetables, the chestnuts, Parmesan and bread. Add enough broth to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Add the cooked pancetta and eggs. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper and add the parsley. Stir to completely combine all the ingredients.
Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Bake until the stuffing is heated through and the top is golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.

Cranberry chutney
Serves eight
1  pound  cranberries, fresh (ok to sub frozen)
1           each                Sweet potato
1           each                shallot
2  each  oranges, zest only
1  each  cinnamon stick
1  each  shallot,sliced
1  each  bay leaf
1  each  star anise
1  cup  granulated sugar
1 cup  orange juice
1  tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1          sprig                 rosemary
Course sea salt
Slice and sauté the shallot.Cut the sweet poatat into small dice and add. Saute for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.Simmer for about 20 minutes.Chill and serve room temp.