Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
- 12 -14 cups day-old loaf French bread cubes, 1/2-inch cubes
- 4 cups milk
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄4 lb ground beef
- 1 lb Portuguese chourico, chaurice or 1 lb chorizo sausage, coarsely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Put the bread into a large mixing bowl and add the milk. Press the bread into the milk and let sit until the milk is absorbed and the bread is soft, about 15 minutes.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high. Add the ground beef, and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add the sausage and cook, stirring until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, and bay leaf. Season with the salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Transfer the meat mixture to the bread mixture and stir to mix well. Add the eggs and parsley and stir well to blend. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
- Grease a 9 x 13-inch (3 quart) shallow baking dish with the remaining tablespoon olive oil. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
- Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and serve warm.
This was really delicious. I halved the recipe and cooked it in an 8 X 8" pan. No celery on hand so I omitted it but threw in some celery seeds for that little bit of celery taste.