Why wait for Thanksgiving? Give this savory confection a chance. It took less time than I thought (mostly in the oven) and gave me the benefit of feeling virtuous for not chucking some stale ciabatta. I highly recommend a gravy sidecar.
4 cups stale bread, 3/4 inch cube. 10-15 minutes in a 300 degree oven can help stale fresh bread.
4-5 ounces baby Bellas, mixed mushrooms or whatever you can find. Cleaned & chopped
Veggie or olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg, whipped
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted & cooled. Plus room temp butter for pan
Teaspoon of dried sage or thyme (optional cuz I forgot this time)
Salt & pepper
Prepare baking dish – mine was a 2 quart CorningWare but any should work – by rubbing every surface with butter. Preheat oven 375.
Slick a medium pan on medium heat with about a tablespoon of oil. Add onions and a few pinches of salt and some grates of pepper. Cook for 5, add garlic. Give a few stirs, add mushrooms and cook, moving occasionally until most liquid evaporates. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cool.
Combine bread and vegetables, optional spices. Stir in melted butter and egg. Then slowly add enough broth so whole thing looks moistened but bread isn't falling apart.
Cook in prepared pan for 30 minutes covered, then at least 10 without cover to crisp the top.
Eat – B
*note: sausage is always optional. Remove from casing, and brown before the veggies. Set aside and add later to bread. 1/2 pound should do you for this recipe.
*second note: doubling down is encouraged.