Pancetta and Fig Stuffing

  • 900gm sourdough bread, torn
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped sage
  • 400gm-piece pancetta cut into 1cm cubes
  • 200g butter
  • 4 large shallots (I assume online like, not spring onion) finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 300g dried figs cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat leafed parsley
  • 2 cups (500ml) salt reduced chicken stock
  • 4 large eggs

1.Preheat oven to 180C. Process bread into coarse breadcrumbs, toss with olive oil, 1 tbs sage and 1/4 tsp salt – bake for 10m until lightly toasted

2.Heat 1tbs oil in medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pancetta cook, stirring frequently for 6-8 minutes until crisp. Using a slotted spoon remove pancetta. Add butter to pan melt over medium heat, add shallots and garlic and cook for 8 minutes or until shalots are tender. Add figs and remaining 2 tbs of sage and cook stirring frequently until cooked.

3.In a large bowl, place toasted breadcrumbs, fig mixture, pancetta, parsley and 1/4tsp pepper. Toss to combine. In a medium bowl whisk eggs and stock. Fold stock mixture into breadcrumb mixture.

4.Transfer stuffing to a greased baking dish (23cm x 33cm), bake for 35 minutes or until heated through and crisp on top. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.

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