Ciabatta Dressing with Chestnuts and Pancetta

From Food Network Magazine.

My verdict: Thumbs Down

I still think “dressing” goes on a salad, but know that I need to use the term since I did not “stuff” the turkey. Dressing … Stuffing … no matter – this recipe is the BOMB! I am going to tweak small things here and there (not sure what – it will just happen the next time I’m cooking), but this is going to be my “go to” side for Thanksgiving from now on. The texture varied, there was plenty of flavor and the pancetta just added that little something extra.

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta


Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta

Serves 8-10
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 8oz Pancetta (cut into 1/4-inch dice)
  • 2 Large Onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 Carrots (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 3 Celery Stalks (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves (chopped)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 15oz Roasted Peeled Whole Chestnuts (coarsely broken)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Italian Parsley Leaves (chopped)
  • 1lb Day-old Ciabatta Bread (cut into 3/4-inch cubes)
  • 2/3 cups Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup Canned Low-salt Chicken Broth (or more)
  • 2 Large Eggs (beaten to blend)
  • Salt & Pepper


Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2 Butter a 15 by 10 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Saute until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the chestnuts and parsley. Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the pancetta. Add the bread and Parmesan and toss to coat. Add enough broth to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs.
Step 3 Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.

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