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Spinach artichoke stuffing

Omg, absolutely delicious. A great change for our thanksgiving stuffing. I felt the recipe was closer to a bread pudding, so I omitted the cream and only added enough liquid to moisten the toasted bread cubes without any pooling in the bottom of the bowl. I used 14 cups ish of cubed leftover bread and about two cups chicken stock. I cooked the onion/artichoke mixture ahead and I wilted the spinach while sauteeing. I used 1 lb of fresh spinach. I stored the mixture in the fridge and it released a lot of moisture. So I didn’t add all of the chicken stock mixture. I used about 2/3 lb of brie cubed. I divided the mixture between a 9×13 pan and a 8×8 pan. Leftovers were AMAZING toasted in the skillet (with a little butter), served with leftover turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and a fried egg.

Spinach Artichoke Stuffing (Emeril)

Serves 11 for thanksgiving plus leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds spinach, washed (3 cups cooked and roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Emeril’s Italian Essence, or other Italian seasoning blend
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 (8 1/2-ounce) cans quartered artichoke hearts, any tough outer leaves removed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 to 14 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old French bread (1 loaf)
  • 1 pound Brie, rind removed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

 

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 30 seconds. Drain and rinse with cold water. Once cool, squeeze as much water from spinach as possible, then roughly chop, and reserve.

 

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until golden brown and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, 2 teaspoons of Italian Essence, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add theartichokes and cook, stirring, another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and reserve.

Combine the eggs, cream, chicken stock, lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon Italian Essence, remaining 2 teaspoons salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the bread, spinach, artichoke mixture, brie, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and parsley and stir to combine. If bread does not absorb all of liquid immediately then let rest until this happens, about 20 minutes.

Pour the bread pudding mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan over the top and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bake until firm in the center and golden brown, about 1 hour. Serve warm.

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