CORNBREAD DRESSING

Each seasoning package will make the recipe below 2 times for the equivalent of TWO 9”x13” pans.

Ingredients
  • Two 8”x8” pans PREPARED white self-rising cornbread
    NOTE: Follow instructions on back of yellow cornmeal package
    NOTE: Do NOT add sugar nor use mixes containing sugar.
  • 10 slices WHITE bread – toasted
    NOTE: Do NOT use wheat or multigrain breads.
  • 1 extra-large chopped onion
  • 6-8 stalks chopped celery
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 6 cups chicken broth, pan drippings or prepared bouillon (divided)
    NOTE: Do NOT use broth from smoked turkey.
  • 2 TBLS SPICE CONNECTION Cornbread Dressing seasoning blend
  • 2 eggs (optional)
Directions
  • Crumble breads into large bowl.
  • Simmer butter, 4 cups of broth, The Spice Connection seasoning, and chopped vegetables in pan until tender.
  • Slowly pour and stir into bread crumbs mixture.
  • Add remaining 2 cups broth as needed.
  • To increase sage seasoning flavor to taste, add up to ½ TBLS. additional SPICE CONNECTION seasoning.
  • Mix well and put into one 9"x13" pan OR two 8x8 greased pans.
  • Bake on middle shelf at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until brown on top.
     
LEFTOVER VARIATIONS
 
STUFFIN' MUFFINS
  • Pile extra large muffin tins with leftover dressing and bake for 25 minutes at 350.  
  • Freeze leftover Stuffin' Muffins on a cookie sheet or in muffin tins. When frozen, remove and put desired number into vacuum seal bags or zip lock bags.  
  • When ready to eat, simply drop a vacuum sealed bag into boiling water to reheat, or remove the number of muffins desired from the zip lock bag and heat in microwave.

HOMESTYLE GRAVY


Ingredients
  • 2 Cups chicken broth + 1 Cup pan drippings (if available)
    NOTE: Do NOT use the pan drippings from smoked meats
    .
  • 1/3 cup flour or cornstarch
  • ½ cup water or milk.
  • 2 TBLS butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Chopped giblets or pieces of dark meat (if desired)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
Directions
  • Mix cornstarch/flour and water/milk together.
  • Pour mixture into broth in saucepan and bring to full boil.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until smooth
    NOTE: If too thin, add more cornstarch/flour and milk/water mixture.

 
SUZY'S HANDY HINTS:
Making the Turkey
  • I love cooking my turkey with salt, pepper and butter in Reynolds cooking bags to capture all the rich broth to use in the dressing and gravy.
  • If you are stuffing a turkey, keep in mind that the moisture from the bird will absorb into the dressing too.
     
Making the Cornbread
  • DO NOT USE any cornbread mixes or recipe that contains sugar.
  • The cornmeal I recommend is Martha White “HotRize” Self-Rising White Cornmeal. There are many good ones but this one always works great for me.
  • I often like to make my cornbread in cast iron skillets because of the texture it gives the cornmeal.
  • Use the whole package of seasoning with 4 pans of cornbread and one loaf of white bread.
  • Customers from “up North” even adapt the recipe to use all white bread, rather than cornbread... and they love it!
     
For the Broth
  • I boil a chicken to get all the broth I need, instead of purchasing containers of broth. Then I can use the meat from that chicken for a chicken and dressing meal, or use it to make chicken salad!
  • Some use bouillon cubes instead of broth in order to reduce the fat content.
  • Vegetarians substitute KNORR vegetable broth or bouillon instead of chicken broth
     
For the Gravy
  • For making a richer flavored gravy, include the “pan drippings” from the chicken or turkey.
  • Injectible seasonings will greatly affect flavors on the dressing and gravy, too.
     
For the Leftovers
  • Freeze overage of prepared recipe mixture in a freezer bag or vacuum seal bag. Add more water if needed after thawing.
  • For wholesale or bulk seasoning orders, simply fold over edge of seasoning packet and store in freezer for future use.
  • Send leftovers (IF you have any!!) with family in take-home containers!

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