Ham-and-Cheddar Sourdough Stuffing
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 50 MIN
- SERVINGS: 12
This rich stuffing wittily combines all the ingredients in a classic ham-and-cheese sandwich. To prevent it from scorching as it cooks on the grill, place it inside a stack of aluminum pans, so the stuffing is as far from the flames as possible.
- 1 1/2 pounds sourdough bread, sliced 3/4 inch thick
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 4 inner celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 3 small leeks (1 pound), white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/4 pounds roasted ham, sliced 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon chopped sage
- 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
- 1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
- 3 1/2 cups turkey stock
- Toast the bread in a toaster oven until golden. Cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a large bowl. In a large, deep skillet, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter in the olive oil. Add the onion, celery and leeks and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the ham, sage and thyme. Add the mixture to the pieces of toast along with the cheese and toss well. Add the stock, season with salt and pepper and stir until the stock is absorbed.
- Light a gas grill and set the burners to moderate (about 375°). Stack three 9-by-12-by-3-inch disposable foil pans and butter the inside of the top one. Spoon the stuffing into the pan. Cover with foil and grill with the lid closed for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to grill with the lid closed for 45 minutes, until the stuffing is sizzling around the edge and the top is very crisp. Alternatively, bake the stuffing in the oven in a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Serve hot.
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