- ½ loaf (8-inch length) Seven Stars pain de mie or other quality, dense white bread, cubed
- 1 small loaf (4 cups) corn bread, cubed
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Vidalia onion, peeled and diced
- 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
- 1 red Bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 4 small cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 pound chorizo, casing removed
- 2 ears (1 cup) sweet corn, removed from cob
- 2 scallions, finely sliced
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
- 2–3 teaspoons Tabasco, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 sticks (½ pound) unsalted butter, melted
- 2–4 cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spread cubed breads on 2 large sheet pans, being careful not to crowd. Bake until lightly toasted, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Grease a large baking dish that doubles for serving. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions, jalapeños, red pepper, celery and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent (5 minutes). Add chorizo and stir to break up into small pieces until cooked through. Add corn and scallions; sauté another 5 minutes. Add cubed bread, thyme, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt, Tabasco, honey and butter and toss well. Add chicken broth until desired consistency is met. Stuffing should be moist but not soupy. Check for seasoning. Spoon stuffing into baking dish and bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
Recipe by Owners Nick & Tracy Rabar, Avenue N American Kitchen & The Pantry at Avenue N, Rumford