Mushroom & Sage Stuffing, Dressing, whatever you like to call it!
Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
1 ¼ pounds of sourdough bread, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 12 cups)
½ pound shitake mushrooms, ½ pound oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons ♥Olive My Heart♥ Mushroom & Sage Infused Oil
Salt and pepper
1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces
1 large sweet onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, chopped
4-6 cups chicken stock
2 Tbsp. chopped thyme
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
2 large eggs
*Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 13x9x2-in glass baking dish.
*Spread the bread on a large baking sheet in an even layer and bake about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Place cubes in a very large bowl.
*Combine mushrooms in a large baking dish and toss with 3 Tbsp. of the oil, season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until soft. About 30 minutes.
*Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook about 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.
*Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pan and return to the stove over high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 cups of the chicken stock, thyme and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
*Add the mushrooms to the bread. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and then whisk in a few tablespoons of the warm stock mixture. Add the eggs and the rest of the stock mixture to the bread, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. The dressing should be very wet; add more stock as needed. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top is golden brown, 25-30 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.