Cubes of toasty French bread mixed with ground beef, ground pork, diced ham, herbs, spices, sliced almonds, chopped olives, and sweet plantains! The BEST stuffing you'll ever try!
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Cuban-Style Three Meat & Plantain Stuffing

Cubes of toasty French bread mixed with ground beef, ground pork, diced ham, herbs, spices, sliced almonds, chopped olives, and sweet plantains! The BEST stuffing you'll ever try!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jamie Silva

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread (Cuban bread or any thick bakery loaf works too)
  • 2 large ripe plantains very dark skin, peeled, diced
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut in pieces, divided
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 2 1/2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb diced ham
  • 1/3 cup green olives sliced
  • 1/3 cup almonds sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add the cubed bread on a baking sheet and bake until bread is dry, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • In a hot large skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter. Pan fry the plantain pieces at medium heat until they are brown. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • In the same skillet, add remaining butter, onion and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes then add ground beef and ground pork. Cook on medium high heat until ground meat is browned. Drain and return to the heat.
  • Reduce heat to low. Mix in diced ham, plantains, olives, almonds, oregano, cumin, black pepper, and bay leaf. Stir to combine and heat for 2-3 more minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl to slightly cool.
  • After mixture has slightly cooled, add cubed bread and chicken stock. Mix together until all is well combined. Transfer mixture to a baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until bread is golden brown. Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Cuba de Ayer Cuban Cookbook, 1971