Italian-American Turkey Dressing
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A savory blend of spinach, garlic, ground beef, and French bread comes together in this traditional Italian-American turkey dressing.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Italian-American
Serves: 6-8
  • ½ loaf French bread (about ½ lb)
  • 1 lb spinach leaves*
  • 2 stalks celery, cut in half
  • ½ bunch of parsley
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl, soak the half loaf of French bread in enough water to cover the bread.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add the spinach, celery, and parsley. Allow this to cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. Drain and cool.
  4. While the spinach is cooking, brown the ground beef in a medium sized skillet, breaking it up as it cooks. Drain and cool.
  5. In a chopping bowl (or food processor), chop the garlic. Squeeze all the water out of the spinach mixture, and chop into the garlic. Next chop in the ground beef. If using a food processor, pulse the mixture until a fine chop is reached.
  6. Transfer this to a mixing bowl and stir in the eggs, salt and pepper.
  7. Turn into a greased 2-quart baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
  8. If serving with turkey, before serving, stir in some of the pan juices for the best flavor.
*Feel free to use Swiss chard instead--it's very good that way too!

This can also be cooked at 350 for about 40-45 minutes.

Also, for best results, prepare the mixture a day in advance so the flavors blend, then bake before serving.
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