Stuffing Bread Bowls

These crusty, single-serve bread bowls are scented with sage and thyme, reminiscent of the stuffing you enjoy with your holiday bird. We've filled them here with turkey (or chicken) pot pie filling, the perfect solution to "what can I do with this leftover turkey?"

Prep
40 mins
Bake
25 mins
Total
3 hrs 35 mins
Yield
6 bread bowls
Stuffing Bread Bowls

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients, and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, to make a smooth dough.

  2. Place the dough in a bowl or rising container, cover it, and let it rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until it's just about doubled in bulk.

  3. Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into six pieces.

  4. Round each piece into a ball.

  5. Stagger the balls on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover, and let rise for about 1 hour.

  6. The balls should become quite puffy. Towards the end of their rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  7. Bake the buns till they're a deep, golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool right on the pan.

  8. When you're ready to make bread bowls, cut the top 1/3 off each bun.

  9. Gently and carefully scoop out the bread inside. Reserve it to make herb-flavored crumbs, if desired.

  10. Place the bread bowls on a baking sheet or platter, and set them aside while you make the filling.

  11. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and add the flour, stirring to combine.

  12. Slowly add the broth in a stream, stirring constantly to keep the mixture from becoming lumpy. If it does get lumpy, just keep stirring till it smooths out.

  13. Add the half and half or milk, stirring till smooth. Bring just to a boil, then simmer gently, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

  14. Add the chicken or turkey, salt, thyme, and sherry, stirring to combine.

  15. Add the cooked, drained vegetables, stirring to combine.

  16. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, and immediately spoon a generous 1/2 cup into each bread bowl. Serve immediately.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Semolina gives these rolls a bit of extra crunch and golden flavor. If you don't want to use it, substitute all-purpose flour.
  • Feel free to substitute whatever leftover veggies you like for the peas, carrots, and onions. You want about 2 1/2 cups of cooked vegetables.
  • You can make these ahead of time, and reheat just before serving. Fill the bread bowls, let them cool to lukewarm, then cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, heat each bowl in the microwave individually; about 1 minute should do it, depending on your microwave. Alternatively, wrap the bread bowls; cool and store the filling in the fridge; then reheat the filling and fill the bowls just before serving.