With Thanksgiving and the holidays around the corner, gathering with extended family and friends happens frequently. Cooking for your family is the best way to show them how much you love them. Since Carrabba’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to help you add an Italian flair to your big meal. I created this Italian Stuffing recipe just for you, and all of your friends and family will be begging you to make it again and again.
Makes 4-6 servings
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup carrots (1/4-inch dice)
- 1/2 cup celery (1/4-inch dice)
- 1 cup onions (1/4-inch dice)
- 3/4 cup red bell peppers (1/2-inch dice)
- 2 cups portabella mushrooms (1/2-dice)
- 5 cups ciabatta bread (about a full loaf, 3/4 – 1-inch dice)
- 5 cups cornbread (3/4 – 1-inch dice)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage (finely chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 5 cups turkey or chicken stock
Optional: Looking to do something with stale bread? Try this recipe with whatever stale or toasted bread you have on hand.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place olive oil in pan with carrots, celery and onions and sauté over medium heat until softened. Should take about 5 minutes.
- Add red bell peppers and mushrooms to the pan with the carrots, celery and onion. Continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Place ciabatta, cornbread, sautéed vegetables, fresh thyme, Italian parsley, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper into a large mixing bowl. Combine well.
- Place bread, vegetable and herb mixture into an ungreased baking dish.
- Pour the turkey or chicken stock over the bread, vegetable and herb mixture. Make sure to pour over all of the bread so that it is moist and not dry.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Remove foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
You won’t be able to find this dish in our locations, but I hope that you, your friends and family enjoy this at your gatherings.
Comment below with any questions you have and let me know how your Italian Stuffing turns out.
-Head Chef Jay