Pancetta, Kale, and Raisin Stuffing
Active: 35 min. Total: 1 hr. 15 min.
Torn bread gives this stuffing a lovely rustic appearance, but you can cube it if you’d rather. Kale, pancetta, and raisins all provide a flavor update, and there’s just enough red pepper to give a hint of heat. You can ask for a chunk of pancetta at the deli counter, or look for a package of prechopped pancetta near the salami and cured meats. You could also substitute bacon, which will add a smoky flavor.
8 oz. multigrain bread, torn into chunks
4 oz. diced pancetta
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 (8-oz.) bunch lacinato kale, stemmed and roughly chopped (4 cups)
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 4 small shallots) 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
11/2 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish 3/4 cup golden raisins, divided 2 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Spread bread chunks in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 300°F until dry and slightly toasted, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from oven; transfer bread to a large bowl. Increase oven temperature to 350°F.
2. While bread bakes, cook pancetta in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium, stirring occasionally, until crisp and browned, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, and add to bread in bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add kale, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender, about 10 minutes. Add shallots, garlic, and crushed red pepper, and cook, stirring often, until shallots are tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and stir in vinegar. Cook until vinegar is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup stock, stirring and scraping bottom of skillet to release browned bits. Transfer vegetable mixture to bowl with bread; add parsley and 1/2 cup raisins.
3. Whisk together eggs and remaining 1/2 cup stock in a bowl until combined; stir into bread mixture. Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet, and swirl to coat. Transfer bread mixture to skillet. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
4. Bake at 350°F until set, about 30 minutes. Remove foil, and bake until slightly crispy on top, about 10 more minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand until set, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup raisins; garnish with parsley. Serve hot or at room temperature.
SERVES 12 (serving size: about 2/2 cup) Calories 159; Fat 7g (sat 2g, unsat 4g); Protein 6g; Carb 18g; Fiber 2g; Sugars 7g (added sugars 0g); Sodium 337mg; Calc 4% DV; Potassium 4% DV