Delicious Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ Recipe with Chipotle Gravy

Get ready for the taste of autumn with a recipe that will delight your senses and warm your belly. Introducing the Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy, a delicious creation by none other than the renowned food personality Rachael Ray.

With a perfect balance of sweetness and spice, this dish is sure to become a fall favorite. The combination of pumpkin, zucchini, and McIntosh apple creates a delightful texture that is complemented by the crunch of sunflower seeds in every bite. And the chipotle chile in adobo adds a smoky dimension to the dish that will tantalize your taste buds.

But enough talking – let’s get cooking! Follow along for an easy-to-follow recipe guide on how to make this scrumptious meal that’s perfect for any autumn occasion. So whether you’re looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition or simply craving comfort food on a weeknight, this Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy recipe is sure to hit the spot.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

 The perfect comfort food with a spicy twist
The perfect comfort food with a spicy twist

Are you looking for a recipe that will make your taste buds sing and your guests beg for the recipe? Look no further than Rachael Ray’s Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy. This dish is perfect for any fall gathering, Thanksgiving feast or even as a weeknight dinner. Trust me, once you try this dish, it will make its way into your recipe repertoire.

What’s not to love about this recipe? The muffin stuffin’ is full of amazing flavors and textures – the sweetness of McIntosh apples, the crunch of sunflower seeds, the heartiness of pumpkin, zucchini and celery ribs all seasoned with pressed herbs and spices. And let’s not forget the savory chipotle gravy featuring the smoky flavor of chipotle chile in adobo. The combination of spicy and sweet is sure to please any palate.

Moreover, this recipe is easy to make – everything comes together easily with just a few ingredients. It’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables or even stale muffins, making it an ideal recipe for those on a budget. With a bit of prep work ahead of time, you can easily have dinner on the table in no time at all.

Last but not least, this dish is versatile – it’s perfect as a side dish to complement turkey breast or roasted pork recipes, but you can also serve it as a main course by swapping out meat for vegetarian substitutes or add additional protein like pulled pork or turkey cutlets with pumpkin pistachio muffin stuffing hash. I guarantee that your friends and family will be impressed by the unique twist on classic stuffing.

In summary, Rachael Ray’s Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy is a must-try for anyone who loves to experiment with new culinary creations. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to savor all the amazing flavors of fall with this delicious recipe.

Ingredient List

 These muffins may be past their prime, but they’re still packed with flavor
These muffins may be past their prime, but they’re still packed with flavor

Here is everything you need to make Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy:

For the Muffin Stuffin:

  • 4 cups of farmer muffin (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 McIntosh apple, peeled and diced
  • 3 teaspoons of poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper

For the Chipotle Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons of Chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper

The muffin stuffin is a virtual cornucopia of scrumptious flavors, with a combination of savory and sweet ingredients. The streusel-like farmer muffin is soaked with mild chicken broth, then combined with the nutty crunch of sunflower seeds, the mellow richness of butter, celery for a refreshing snap, zucchini for a pop of color and nutrition, apples for sweetness and texture, poultry seasonings such as thyme, rosemary and sage for earthy aromatics, bay leaf for an extra depth of flavor, salt and pepper for some basic seasoning. As we will see below, this delectable bread hash pairs perfectly with the chipotle gravy’s slightly smoky, slightly sweet heat.

The Recipe How-To

 Savory stuffing with a dash of sweetness from the muffins
Savory stuffing with a dash of sweetness from the muffins

Now, it’s time to dive into the exciting part – the how-to! This recipe is split up into two parts, the Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy. Get ready to become a culinary expert as we take you through each step.

Harvest Muffin Stuffin’
Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Firstly, preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease a muffin tin if you haven’t done so already.

Step 2: Saute and Mix

In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat. Melt the butter and add 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped celery ribs, and 1 chopped zucchini. Saute for around 10 minutes. Then add in 1 diced McIntosh apple and continue sauteing until everything is nice, fragrant, and soft.

Once everything has fully cooked down, remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool for around 10 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of baking powder, 2 pressed herb-spice packets, and 1 tsp poultry seasoning.

Stir in the cooled veggies into the bowl along with 2 cups of chicken broth, ½ cup of sunflower seeds, and 1 bay leaf . Continue stirring thoroughly until all ingredients are evenly mixed in.

Step 3: Fill Muffin Tin

Pour mixture into greased muffin tins using an ice cream scoop, filling them up about ¾ full. Set aside any extra mixture for later use. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.

Chipotle Gravy
Step 4: Sauce Prep

While waiting for your muffins to bake, it’s time to make that incredible chipotle gravy that everybody loves. Finely dice up two chipotle chiles in adobo sauce while melting 4 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat. Whisk in ¼ cup of flour to form roux – this will be responsible for thickening up your sauce later.

Step 5: Simmer

Keep whisking as you pour in 2 cups of chicken broth, and follow with ½ cup whole milk. As you keep whisking away throw in your diced chipotle chiles along with a bit (around a tsp.) of adobo sauce from the can itself.

Bring everything to boil over medium-high heat for a few minutes until nicely thickened up the gravy catches hold of all those tasty flavorings from Chipotle Chiles

Step 6 Serve

Your amazing muffins should be done by now! Scoop out each stuffin’ carefully from out of their tin molds using baller-leaver tool or vacuum release pressure scoop mechanism or even just your usual tablespoon with mindfully even pressure transference,

Plate these onto dish/platter with mashed potatoes or roast

Substitutions and Variations

 Chipotle gravy adds a smoky, spicy kick to the meal
Chipotle gravy adds a smoky, spicy kick to the meal

Looking to experiment and put your own spin on this recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Vegetarian option: Instead of turkey breast, use a vegetarian substitute such as tofu or tempeh. Replace chicken broth with vegetable broth.

– Gluten-free option: Use a gluten-free muffin mix instead of regular flour for the harvest muffins. Substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour for the flour in the chipotle gravy.

– Nut-free option: Omit the sunflower seeds from the muffin stuffin’ and replace with dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots.

– Herb choices: Experiment with different herbs and spices for the turkey breast or in the muffin stuffing. Pressed herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, sage or parsley work beautifully with poultry.

– Stuffing mix-ins: Don’t be afraid to add your favorite ingredients to the stuffing! Try adding diced sweet potato or carrots, raisins, cranberries or chopped nuts to add extra flavor and texture.

– Sauce options: If you’re not a fan of spicy food but still want a flavorful sauce, swap the chipotle chile in adobo for regular tomato paste or even cranberry sauce. Add a pinch of salt and sugar to balance out the flavors.

Overall, don’t be afraid to experiment with this recipe and make it your own. These substitutions and variations let you customize this dish to fit your preferences and palette!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for a cozy night in or a holiday dinner party
Perfect for a cozy night in or a holiday dinner party

When it comes to serving your Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy, there are a few ways to make this dish shine. First and foremost, this recipe will taste best when it’s hot, fresh from the oven with the gravy drizzled over the top.

Since this recipe has a lot of complex flavors, it’s important to pair it with something that won’t overpower it. A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing would be an excellent choice, as would roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts or carrots. The sweetness of the roasted vegetables will complement the savory notes of our stuffing perfectly.

If you’re serving this for a holiday meal, be sure to have some mashed potatoes on hand! This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, alongside a turkey breast or pork roast.

For those looking for lighter options, consider pairing Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy with slow-cooked pulled pork or grilled turkey cutlets pumpkin pistachio muffin stuffin hash. These protein-rich dishes are a great alternative to heavy meats and will add some extra flavor to your meal.

To finish off your meal in style, why not add some sweet streusel-topped farmer muffins on the side? You can find plenty of delicious muffin recipes out there that would complement this hearty side dish perfectly.

No matter how you choose to serve your Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy, one thing is certain: Your taste buds are in for a treat!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Like many holiday dishes, this Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy can be made ahead and stored for later use. In fact, preparing it a day or two before the big feast will give you more time to focus on other food preparations.

Once cooked, store the muffin stuffin in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Similarly, the chipotle gravy can also be stored in a separate container in the fridge.

When ready to serve, reheat the stuffing in the oven by placing it in a baking dish and covering it with aluminum foil. Heat it at 350 °F for around 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. You can also place the stuffing into individual portions and heat them up separately in the microwave.

As for the chipotle gravy, simply warm it up on a stove over medium heat while stirring occasionally until heated through. If you find that the gravy is too thick, mix in some chicken broth to thin it out before serving.

This recipe is perfect for those who have busy schedules leading up to the festivities or prefer preparing dishes ahead of time. By making this delicious Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy ahead of time, you’ll have less stress and more time to enjoy quality moments with your loved ones during a special occasion.

Tips for Perfect Results

One of the keys to getting the perfect meal is ensuring that all ingredients cook perfectly. This is especially true when it comes to cooking Harvest Muffin Stuffin’ and Chipotle Gravy, a recipe from Rachael Ray that is full of complex flavors and textures. Here are some tips to help ensure that your dish comes out just right.

First, make sure to use fresh herbs and spices in your recipe. Rachael Ray’s muffin stuffin contains a blend of pressed herbs and spices that require the correct amount of freshness to bring out their best flavor. Choose high-quality herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, or thyme and grind them using a mortar and pestle. This will bring out their oils, allowing for a more potent aroma and flavor.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of muffins in your stuffing mix. Although pumpkin and zucchini muffins are recommended for this recipe, you can try other varieties like blueberry or cornbread to add new dimensions of taste.

Thirdly, when making the chipotle gravy, it’s essential to maintain the consistency of the mixture by whisking constantly. Warmth tends to break up gravy when left unattended which will affect its texture.

Additionally, one useful technique is to let the muffins sit for a while before adding them to the stuffing mix; this lets them absorb moisture, making them softer while still holding their shape once cooked.

Finally, you can switch things up by pairing this dish with sweet potato mash rather than traditional mashed potatoes for a sweeter twist.

By following these tips and experimenting with your own variations you can take Rachael Ray’s harvest muffin stuffin’ and chipotle gravy recipe up a notch for an even better culinary experience!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the harvest muffin stuffin’ and chipotle gravy recipe by Rachael Ray is a must-try for anyone who loves bold flavors and creative twists on traditional dishes. This recipe offers a fresh take on the classic Thanksgiving stuffing while still remaining true to its roots in terms of ingredients and techniques.

By incorporating chipotle chile in adobo and other flavorful ingredients such as sunflower seeds, McIntosh apple, celery ribs, and zucchini into the muffin stuffin’ mixture, you can create a unique flavor profile that’ll have everyone at the table excited to try your dish. And when paired with Ray’s easy-to-make chipotle gravy made from flour, chicken broth, butter, onion, bay leaf, spices, and chipotle chile in adobo – this stuffing and gravy combo will give you a real explosion of flavors.

And what’s even better is that you can easily personalize this recipe to make it your own by trying out different protein options like turkey cutlets, pulled pork or even serving it alongside mashed potatoes! The possibilities are endless with this recipe.

Overall, I highly recommend giving this harvest muffin stuffin’ and chipotle gravy recipe a chance. It’s perfect for any week-day dinner or a big holiday gathering that’ll impress your guests with its complexity of flavors. And don’t forget to experiment with substitutions and variations to make it a real standout dish in your cooking repertoire!

Harvest Muffin Stuffin' and Chipotle Gravy - Rachael Ray

Harvest Muffin Stuffin' and Chipotle Gravy - Rachael Ray Recipe

Got this from Rachel Rays 2006 Thanksgiving recipe. Can't wait to try it. "This slightly sweet stuffing, made with store-bought pumpkin muffins, is as easy to make as it is delicious! It's a recipe to be truly grateful for!"
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 244.3 kcal


  • 4 ounces butter (1 stick)
  • 1 lb mcintosh apple (about 1 pound, 2-3 apples)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 6 small celery ribs, from the heart leafy greens attached, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 store-bought pumpkin muffins
  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds or 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo, finely chopped, plus 2 T adobo sauce


  • In a large, deep skillet, melt 5 T butter over medium heat. Add the apples, 3/4 of the onions, the zucchini, celery and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the broiler. Crumble the muffins into the skillet. Add the pumpkin seeds and poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour in up to 2 cups broth (depending on how moist you like it). Spoon the stuffing into a heatproof dish and broil until crisp, 5 minutes.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 3T butter over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and sweat it to make it nice and sweet, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute. Stir in the chipotle and adobo sauce, then whisk in the remaining 4 cups broth. Simmer until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and serve with the stuffing.

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Serving: 333gCalories: 244.3kcalCarbohydrates: 18.2gProtein: 7.3gFat: 16.8gSaturated Fat: 8.4gCholesterol: 30.5mgSodium: 670mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Broil, Easy, Oven, Thanksgiving
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