Olive Bread Stuffing with Fennel


If your regular supermarket doesn't carry olive bread, look for it at local bakeries or specialty food stores.

Olive Bread Stuffing with Fennel
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound trimmed fennel bulbs, cored and diced (about 2 bulbs)

  • 3 cup chopped onions (3 large)

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions, white parts only (about 5 onions)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 12 ounce cremini mushrooms, quartered

  • 4 ounce shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and quartered

  • 15 cup stale artisanal olive bread cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup oil-pack dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil


  1. In a large skillet heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat until foamy. Stir in fennel, onions, and green onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook and stir about 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add mushrooms; cook and stir about 4 minutes or until mushrooms are slightly soft.

  2. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in bread cubes, 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, and the dried tomatoes. (To serve today, omit Step 3 and continue as directed in Step 4.)

  3. Let mixture cool; transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; chill for up to 2 days.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Transfer bread mixture to prepared dish. Drizzle with broth. Carefully stir in tarragon, thyme, and basil. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes more or until hot in center (165°F).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
10g Fat
36g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 694mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 9.4mg 47%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 442mg 9%
Folate, total 96.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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