Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms


  • 9 cups Ciabatta bread, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 14 sage leaves, divided into 4 and 10, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 3 cups sweet potato, small dice (about 1 large potato)
  • 5 cups shiitake mushrooms (or your favorite mix), sliced
  • 1 cup dried chorizo, small dice
  • 2 - 2.5 cups chicken or turkey stock (or broth)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons melted fat - butter, schmaltz, or turkey drippings
  • Salt & pepper


1 _ Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2 _ Toss the bread cubes with 4 sages leaves, rosemary, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread on baking sheet and bake until golden and toasty. Remove from oven and put in large bowl or container. [They are great for a little snack as you continue with the recipe.]

3 _ In a large pan, saute the chorizo in a little olive oil until golden. The chorizo is already cooked but I like to render the fat and get it a little crispy. Remove chorizo with a slotted spoon to the bowl with the bread.

4 _ Next, saute the mushrooms in the chorizo fat (adding a little olive oil if necessary) and add salt and pepper to taste. Remove to bowl with bread.

5 _ Next, add some olive oil as the mushrooms most definitely sucked up all the fat. Saute the onion until soft and golden and add salt and pepper to taste. Add to the bowl with the bread.

6 _ Lastly, saute the sweet potato (adding oil as necessary) and salt and pepper to taste. You don't need to cook the potato through as it will cook in the oven but I like to get a little color on it.

7 _ Whisk 2 cups of stock or broth with the egg and salt and pepper. Pour into the bowl of bread, etc., add the remaining sage, 2 TB of the fat, and toss throughly until evenly moistened. You may need to add up to an additional 1/2 cup of stock but don't overdo it. You have been seasoning all along but you may want to taste for seasoning and adjust the salt and pepper.

8 _ Pour into a baking dish -- a 9 x 13 or an oval gratin pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. This allows the bread to really absorb the stock and makes for a moist interior and crunchy top (or at least that is what I once read in Food & Wine and it seems to hold true).

9 _ Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove foil, brush top with remaining 2 TB fat, and bake for 15 more minutes. I like to broil the top for the last few minutes so the top gets nice and crispy but be sure to watch it carefully.