Dear Lord, please, bless my Mama! I cannot imagine any Thanksgiving without her dressing! I love it when we are blessed enough to have it at Christmas, but at Thanksgiving, it is an absolute MUST! Thankfully, she has taught at least two of us girls to make it. I know one of my sisters can make it just like Mama's. Mama has actually told and shown me many times, but I have never tried to tackle it on my own, I don't think, until this year. Even then, I still had to call and make sure I remembered correctly! Boy did it bring back memories of me never being in the kitchen without my phone so that I could call my sister in a hurry! lol! I still have to call her occasionally. Just ask her! She'll laugh and tell you it's true.
In my previous posts, I have guided you in making the cranberry sauce, turkey brine, turkey, and turkey gravy, so today it's time to get to dressing! Well, you can stay in your pj's if you like as long as you keep reading! :)
This is another recipe that sounds way more complicated than it actually is. It is so quick and easy to put together!
One of the key factors in a good dressing is for your bread to not be fresh. Make your cornbread and biscuits at least a day before you need to make your dressing. You will need an equal amount of cornbread and biscuits. No, don't weigh them to be exact, just eyeball it. :)
|I made my cornbread in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. I used enough buttermilk|
biscuits to equal that amount.
Okay! So let's get started!
1 pone of cornbread, crumbled
equal amount of buttermilk biscuits, crumbled
1 small onion, chopped
3 eggs, slightly beaten if you wish, but not necessary
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 quart of chicken broth
1 pint of home-canned or store-bought canned chicken, optional
1 or two pinches ground sage, optional
2-3 pinches of salt and pepper or to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cornbread and biscuits. Add eggs, chopped onion, chopped celery, chicken (There is no need to drain the broth from the can or jar.), salt, pepper, and sage. Stir the mixture, preferably by hand, as you begin to moisten it with the quart of broth. Continue to pour and mix until you reach the consistency of cornbread. See pictures below. Add more liquid for a moist dressing or less for a drier dressing. I lean more toward a moist dressing. Spray a 9 X 13 casserole dish. Pour dressing into the casserole dish and bake until the top is golden. I would apologize for the lack of exact time, but I can't. That is the nature of this dish. The amount of liquid determines how long it cooks. Allow at least thirty minutes. Just keep an eye on it. When the top is golden, it is usually done. The middle should not be runny, but it is quite normal for the dressing to be moist. This is not like stuffing that tends to be very dry. This is delicious served with turkey gravy!
Crumble your cornbread and biscuits. It is very quick, easy, and less messy if done in the bags.
Combine the two breads in a large bowl.
If you haven't already, chop your vegetables. There's no more putting it off now! I procrastinate terribly when it comes to onions. I usually end up cutting half of them with my eyes squeezed shut and tears streaming down my face and my eyes on fire! Onions and me: we have a love/hate relationship.
|This still needed another stalk of celery.|
Add small amounts of liquid and mix until desired consistency is reached.
|Not even close! Add more broth.|
|Still too dry! Add more broth!|
|Getting there, but still gotta add more!|
|It's so hard to tell from the photos, but this is good. You don't want it soupy,|
but you don't want it dry, either.
|It's probably easier to tell more about the consistency in this photo.|
And there you go! I promise it is so incredibly easy and delicious! You have to try it! It's one of those recipes that if it comes out a little dry, just tell the family that's what the gravy is for- or perhaps that is simply the way you prefer it and no excuse is needed! If it is a little more moist than you intended, just pretend that's the way you planned it! lol!! Either way, the dish is right! It is a great southern keeper!
In the next post we'll make sweet potato souffle! Oh! It is so good! Stay tuned!
Until we meet again, may you be blessed!