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Author Notes: My recipe for this cheesy stuffing has a multitude of variations-try farmer cheese instead of ricotta, or shaved Parmesan instead of grated. This one is sure to please-the rich sweetness of the multi grain bread is a nice contrast to the savory eggplant and mushrooms. The crispy top is a great combination with the soft middle. As an alternative, bake this stuffing in individual ramekins for a personal dish for each guest-top each one with a different garnish (i.e.: walnuts for the nut lover, parsley for the herb enthusiast, dried apricots for the fruit connoisseur). —Mariya
- 1.5 cups multi grain bread-cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 ounces olive oil
- 3/4 cup mushrooms-quartered
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup onion-small dice
- 3 ounces olive oil
- 1/2 cup eggplant-cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup carrots-cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 clove garlic-minced
- 1 egg-whisked
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- butter/cooking spray for coating baking dish
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Place bread cubes on baking tray and toast on 400F until just browned; reserve.
- On high heat, brown mushrooms in olive oil; add cayenne pepper, season, and reserve.
- Sweat onion on medium heat in olive oil; add eggplant, and carrots until soft, finish with garlic, season, and reserve.
- In a bowl, combine bread cubes, mushrooms, eggplant/carrot mixture, egg, ricotta cheese, and half of the Parmesan cheese-mix well.
- Butter/spray a baking dish and transfer stuffing mixture.
- Pour chicken stock on top of stuffing; top off with remaining Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 400F until top is golden brown (~17-22 min); see serving suggestions above.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Thanksgiving Stuffing