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Pilgrim Sandwiches


  • 3 store-bought corn muffins, crumbled or diced

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 Mcintosh, Honey Crisp or Gala apple, chopped

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 ribs celery from the heart with leafy tops, chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • A small handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

  • A few sprigs of thyme, finely chopped

  • 1-1 /2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce

  • 4 crusty hoagie or ciabatta rolls (8-inch), split

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh, thick deli-sliced roast turkey breast or hand-sliced rotisserie turkey breast

  • 1 pound sliced sharp white cheddar cheese

  • Thinly sliced red onion and sliced cornichons, for topping


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and pre-heat the broiler. Brown the corn muffin pieces on a baking sheet, tossing once, for about 5 minutes. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, one turn of the pan, over medium-high heat; melt in the butter. Add the apple, onion and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the muffin pieces, parsley, poultry seasoning and thyme. Moisten with the chicken stock to your liking, 1-1 1/2 cups. Turn off the heat. Mix the cranberry sauce with the vegan (or regular) mayo and slather it on the roll tops. Assemble the sandwiches on the roll bottoms with the cornbread stuffing, sliced turkey and cheese. Broil to melt the cheese. Top with the onion, cornichons and roll tops.