Stuffing - Portuguese Style

Stuffing - Portuguese Style Recipe

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Kathy D


Emeril Lagasse's Mom's recipe for stuffing (or dressing). It's like a savory bread pudding and would make a fabulous side dish. If you can't find the Portuguese sausage, go ahead and sub in chorizo.

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30 Min
1 Hr 15 Min


12-14 c
1/2-inch cubes of day-old hearty bread
4 c
whole milk
4 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 lb
ground beef
1 lb
chourico sausage (or chorizo), coarsely chopped
1 1/2 c
onions, chopped
1 c
green bell peppers, chopped
1/2 c
celery, chopped
bay leaf
1 tsp
1 tsp
crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp
garlic, minced
2 large
eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 c
fresh parsley, chopped

How to Make Stuffing - Portuguese Style


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Put the bread into a large bowl and add the milk. Press the bread into the milk and let it stand until the milk is absorbed and the bread is soft, approx. 15 minutes.
  • 2Heat 3 T olive oil in a large skillet, over med-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, while stirring, until it's lightly browned, approx. 1 minute. Add the sausage and cook, while stirring, until browned, approx. 3 minutes. Add onions, bell peppers, celery and the bay leaf. Season with salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Cook, while stirring occasionally, until the veggies are slightly softened, approx. 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it is fragrant, approx. 30 seconds.
  • 3Add the meat mixture to the bread mixture and stir it together so it's mixed well. Add the eggs and parsley. Stir to blend. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  • 4Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Pour the mixture into the pan and sread it evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake this until it gets bubbly and golden brown, approx. 1 hour. Remove it from the oven and serve warm.

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About Stuffing - Portuguese Style

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Portugese