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What do you call it? Dressing? Stuffing? You know, that cornbread stuff that is a staple side of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hear some people actually stuff it into the bird but I’ve never actually seen this done.
I called it dressing for years but people kept thinking I was talking about salad dressing so I’ve switched to calling it stuffing. Either way, the following is the recipe for my family’s version and is absolutely one of my FAVORITE foods. Following the recipe I’ll share a couple variations as well. (And if you are gluten free like us just use a gluten free cornbread recipe or mix-we like this one!)
Sorry I don’t have any pictures, I will take some to add when I make it this year.
Tip: let the cornbread sit out a little bit and dry out a bit, it seems to cook better this way and is definitely easier to crumble.
1 Cup butter
1-2 Cups chopped onion
1-2 pans of crumbled cornbread*
1 tsp poultry seasoning **
1 1/2 tsp salt **
1 1/2 tsp sage **
1 tsp thyme **
1/2 tsp pepper **
1 cup chopped celery (optional)
2-2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I use homemade)
2 well beaten eggs
3 boiled eggs chopped
Crumble cornbread into a bowl. Melt butter in skillet and sauté onion. Pour over the cornbread. Add all seasonings, celery, and boiled eggs and toss well. Pour in enough chicken broth to moisten (mine ends up pretty watery, sort of the consistency of lumpy pancake batter). Add beaten eggs and mix well. Place in large casserole dish and cook at 350 F for 1-1.5 hours.
*The original recipe called for 2 pans or 6-7 cups of cornbread crumbled. I make one package of cornbread mix or one recipe of gluten free cornbread and bake it in my deep dish cast iron skillet and it has always been just the right amount, make 2 pans if you want a larger casserole of stuffing.
**Season to taste, I don’t use poultry seasoning in mine.
Rice Stuffing: substitute cooked rice for the cornbread. Use whatever type of rice you like.
Cornbread and chicken (or turkey) casserole: Add cooked and shredded chicken (or turkey, or duck or whatever type of poultry) to the recipe and cook together. Then you have a great one dish meal!!
What is your favorite holiday side dish? Let me know in the comments!
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