1loafFrench bread(Cuban bread or any thick bakery loaf works too)
2largeripe plantainsvery dark skin, peeled, diced
6tablespoonsunsalted buttercut in pieces, divided
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.