Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms

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Author Notes: My favorite lazy Sunday morning breakfast is a quick hash made from sauteed chorizo, sweet potato, red onion, shiitake mushrooms, and rosemary, topped with a fried egg or two. I decided to incorporate those flavors into a stuffing fit for the Thanksgiving table. Not only is it a great side for the turkey but the leftovers still rock for breakfast the next morning topped with an egg. melissav

Food52 Review: Melissav has bucked tradition with this recipe, and we're all for it. She starts with homemade garlic herb croutons and recommends nibbling on them as you cook. Then you saute chorizo until crisp, followed by sliced shiitakes, which take on a russet hue as they absorb the paprika-tinted fat from the sausage. Red onion and sweet potato are gently caramelized, and finally everything is tossed together with some stock and an egg and baked. At the last minute you broil the stuffing so that the crust becomes crunchy and golden while everything underneath stays soft and tender. The contrasting flavors of the salty chorizo (you can use hot or sweet) and rich sweet potato really complement each other, and we love the variety of textures in the finished stuffing. At melissav's recommendation, we tried some the next day with a fried egg on top; all of a sudden leftovers got a whole lot more exciting. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 6-8

  • 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.

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9 months ago alila

Wow! This was fantastic! So so flavorful. Our new go stuffing for Thanksgiving for sure. We pretty much stayed to the recipe.


9 months ago Mike

Just finished making this. Looks incredible, can't wait for the turkey to finish!


9 months ago LindsayC77

Just finished assembling parts 1-8 and can't wait to bake it off tomorrow with our turkey. Everything tasted so good just by itself! Thanks!


9 months ago ortolan

I'm so excited to make this! I'm using duck fat (because I have it in the fridge) and am adding in an oriental sweet potato to make this dish even more earthy and sweet. Will report back and how it goes!


over 1 year ago juliunruly

I can't imagine ever making another stuffing recipe again. I've made this three years in a row now and it's consistently my favorite part of thanksgiving dinner. I'm going to have to start making twice or three times as much, because everyone has caught on how delicious it is the next morning with fried or poached eggs, so everyone takes lots of leftovers. This year I made it the day before and just let it soak overnight. Baked it up right after the turkey came out of the oven. It was glorious.


almost 3 years ago TerriCooks

We made this for the first time yesterday. We used a half a tube of Mexican chorizo instead of the cured chorizo. It was absolutely wonderful. The spiciness of the chorizo perfectly complimented the sweetness of the potatoes and the earthiness of the mushrooms.


almost 3 years ago Hollyeve

I made this for the first time this year and it was a huge hit. I couldn't find Chorizo or Shiitake Mushrooms, so I used ground pork and added some ground hot peppers from my sister and used Baby Bella mushrooms instead. Everyone took multiple helpings and we finished it the next day! I will definitely make this again next year and will make sure I fine Chorizo and Shiitake mushrooms.


almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Made this again this year. Used plaint white mushrooms instead of shitakes, and for the bread, several artisan breads I'd made earlier in the week, including ChezSuzanne's Rosemary Stout Ciabatta Bread, made with Lagunitas IPA. My family loves this stuffing, and will be quite happily be enjoying the leftovers for the next few days! ;o)


almost 3 years ago AnnieHynes

Just bought the ingredients for my 2 nd year! Any advice about bringing it somewhere? Can I make 24 hours in advance?


almost 3 years ago patricks

This will be my third year serving this stuffing without augmentation...beautiful and yummy...thx melissav.


almost 3 years ago jifferb

Ditto! Love it!!


almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Our third year, too! My sons happily devour this stuff , but always reserve enough for breakfast, topped with a runny-yolk egg. ;o)


almost 3 years ago LindsayC77

Does anyone know if I could substitute butternut squash for the sweet potatoes? I already have my heart set on doing the Food52 cider-glazed sweet potatoes with bacon, pecans and blue cheese.


almost 3 years ago LindsayC77

Adapted this recipe with small-diced butternut squash, as mentioned above, and it was delicious. Also my husband bought the wrong kind of chorizo, so I drained it on paper towels before adding it to the mix. Did a combo of oyster, shiitake and baby bella mushrooms -- all very tasty. I highly recommend this stuffing!


over 3 years ago LE BEC FIN

This is a BRILliant recipe. You know what else you could do with this mixture? Make chicken or turkey pot pies with it!:
Add a bit of egg and form balls. Drape cooked chicken or tukey over it; pour some thick rich gravy over all and top with a cream cheese pastry crust. Bake or Freeze and bake later! Thanks so much for this great inspiration!


almost 4 years ago apsingh

This went over exceptionally well at our thanksgiving table. Did not make any changes, but I did drain a little bit of the liquid before putting it into the casserole dish because my mushrooms gave off a lot of water and I didn't drain the pan before I added them in.
Also put it in the fridge the day before, brought to room temp the next day and it was perfect.


almost 4 years ago BigBear

I had some of this for breakfast, with a fried egg. It was so good.


almost 4 years ago Ms. T

This was a wonderful addition to our thanksgiving meal! I never would have thought to add sweet potatoes to stuffing but it's such a lovely combo. I used fresh chorizo (because I didn't look at the recipe closely enough until I got home from the store) and it turned out great. Really looking forward to those leftovers!


almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Second year in a row, this was the favorite T-day item of Mr T and the son home from college (different son this year, but this stuffing was the favorite item of the other son, who was home last year). Honestly, I could make this, roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in a bacony vinaigrette, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pecan pie for dessert, and everyone would be happy. Seriously considering no turkey at all next year. Seriously. ;o)


almost 4 years ago AnnieHynes

What a hit! Just joined the site after going to a book launch party at Rhonda Hesser's house. I made this recipe in a beach house kitchen, not my own, replaced the chorizo with dry sausage (don't have chorizo at Harris Teeter...weird, I know) made the potatoes au gratin and the feta and honey appetizer. Huge hit, thanks!


almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Making this again; baked rosemary and mashed potato focaccia two weeks ago and froze it, to use instead of ciabatta. Sunday I thawed it, and made the croutons, using just-picked sage and rosemary. Divine!! Those croutons are amazing. Last night, I sauteed the chorizo and veggies. Tomorrow morning, I'll put it all together. Certain members of my family consider this the best dish on the table. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! ;o)


almost 4 years ago creamtea

I am sauteeing the mushrooms as we speak.


almost 4 years ago lpalumbo

I can not wait to try this for Thanksgiving! It sounds like a great addition to any Thanksgiving dinner.