Miss Hilda's Portuguese Dressing

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
20 min
15 min
1 hr 10 min

10 to 12 servings

  • 12 to 14 cups (1/2-inch cubes) day-old French bread
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound chourico, chaurice, or chorizo sausage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Put the bread into a large mixing bowl and add the milk. Press the bread into the milk and let sit until the milk is absorbed and the bread is soft, about 15 minutes.

  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add the sausage and cook, stirring until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, and bay leaf. Season with the salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • Add the meat mixture to the bread mixture and stir to mix well. Add the eggs and parsley and stir to blend. Remove the bay leaf and discard.

  • Grease a 9 by 13-inch (3 quart) shallow baking dish with the remaining tablespoon olive oil. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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