If you had asked me about stuffing last summer, I would have assumed that you were speaking of teddy bear innards and told you about my stuffing-related run in with the law (I’ll share that at the end of this post). This summer, however, my focus is on the edible kind of stuffing – savory bread pudding loaded with farm-fresh vegetables.
Serve summertime stuffing shots in snazzy shot glasses at your next dinner party. Call the course an amuse-bouche rather than an appetizer for added hip points. Or, if you are a purist – someone who believes that stuffing must literally be stuffed in something – stay tuned for my next post.
Summertime Stuffing Shots Recipe
I got the recipe for this stuffing by modifying the savory zucchini and goat cheese bread pudding recipe from The Barefoot Kitchen. One thing that I loved about this stuffing is the cheese! Why doesn’t stuffing always have cheese? You can’t go wrong with bread and cheese! In the version of this stuffing shown above, I used a blend of shredded Mexican cheeses, but you can personalize the recipe by using your favorite cheese.
Summertime Stuffing Shots
- 3 C milk
- 1 C chicken or vegetable broth I used a low-sodium vegetable broth
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt I used smoked salt. It's our go-to salt recently. I'm a sucker for smoky flavors.
- fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp dried tarragon
- 1 tbsp dried rosemary You can replace the tarragon and rosemary with any fresh or dried herbs that you like.
- enough olive oil for a thin coat on your saute pan
- 1 C finely chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped (I used 3/4 C finely chopped yellow chives from a local grower, Yellow Tree Farm instead.)
- 1/2 lb zucchini thinly sliced
- 1/2 lb yellow squash thinly sliced
- 1 lb stale bread cut into 1" cubes Any kind of bread will work. I used a simple rustic white bread.
- 4 oz cheese of your choice As noted, above I used a blend of shredded Mexican cheeses.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the milk, broth, eggs, salt, pepper, tarragon, and rosemary until combined.
In a large saute pan on medium heat, heat the olive oil.
Cook the onions and garlic for two minutes until softened.
Add the zucchini and squash and let sit to brown. Then, turn occasionally, cooking for 5-6 minutes until soft.
Set the stale bread into the milky mixture and fold to coat.
Mix in the zucchini/squash mixture and stir to coat.
Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I use canola oil spray) or grease with butter.
Pour bread pudding into baking dish.
Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top of the dish.
Bake for about 40 minutes until browned and liquid is absorbed.
Let sit for 10 minutes to solidify.
Serve directly from the baking dish or transfer to shot glasses.
My Stuffing-Related Run In With the Law
Jonathan and I have a LoveSac. Get your mind out of the gutter; it’s just a gourmet version of a big bean bag chair (see above). The LoveSac had seen way too much love (in the form of piss and puke) from our now deceased poodle, Scruffles. Jonathan (cleanup master for all household messes – a role he both takes pride in and despises) was able to get the outside of the sac clean, but the inside needed new stuffing. How does one re-stuff a sack?
Our first step in Mission Re-stuff was to dispose of the old sac innards. “No problem,” I said. This step didn’t take a stuffing MacGyver. We would just find the nearest dumpster and dump the stuffing. Jonathan warned me that this was not legal. “It’s a dumpster, it’s made for dumping,” I replied. “It’s no big deal.” Our car ride to the dumpster consisted of a diatribe on what life for our unborn child would be like (I was pregnant at the time) if both of his parents were in jail.
Things were looking good as we pulled wads and wads of stinky stuffing out of the LoveSac and into the dumpster; even Jonathan had begun to relax. As the cop car pulled up and the the officer emerged and approached us, I saw the reflection of my tail between my legs. No bail was necessary, but it may as well have been in Jonathan’s mind. He was right. Look, I even put it in writing.
|Photo from Experiencing Australia|
After removing the rest of the stuffing into trash bags at our house, we took the LoveSac to Build-A-Bear Workshop and spent an hour at their bear stuffing machine. The best part: We got to put a heart inside of our LoveSac and make a wish. Our LoveSac is now truly filled with love.