Nothing is better at Christmas or Thanksgiving than a pan of cornbread dressing. You folks up north may call it stuffing. Down south it’s dressing and although it is not cooked inside of a turkey it is best when served up with a big serving of plump, juicy turkey breast.
This dressing recipe is how my Grandmother used to make it, and nobody made better dressing than my Nanny. This recipe will get you pretty close. It was developed over the years using the tried and true Southern method of “dump and dash” – add a little of everything until you get it just right.
To make Grandma’s Cornbread dressing you will need to prepare the following ingredients:
One well greased 9 x 13 aluminum pan in which to make the dressing.
1 cup of chipped, boiled chicken. (Use the rest of the chicken and broth to make chicken and dumplings.)
One large pan of cornbread made according to cornmeal (We prefer Martha White) directions, in addition to a couple of other ingredients. Add a cup of flour and 6 large eggs (8 small or medium) to the cornbread mix. You are really creating more of an egg bread than cornbread for your stuffing. Once it is cooked, crumble the cornbread into very small pieces.
6 slices of white bread pinched into small pieces that will mix well.
1 large onion chopped fine and sautéed.
3 stalks of celery chopped fine and sautéed.
1 can cream of celery soup. Do not dilute.
1 can of cream of chicken soup. Do not dilute.
Prepared chicken broth. You will add enough to make the dressing mixture soupy. This ensures a moist dressing.
A dash of salt.
A dump and dash of pepper.
A dump and dash of parsley flakes.
How to make Grandma’s cornbread dressing:
Prepare all recipe ingredients ahead of time. Once they are all prepared mix them together in a mixing bowl.
Taste to ensure you have the flavor just right! It’s safe to taste because all ingredients are cooked.
You may cook it right away, but for the best flavor store your dressing in the refrigerator overnight.
If the broth has been thoroughly soaked up add more chicken broth. If you do not your stuffing may come out too dry.
Once you are satisfied with the consistency of the mixture bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees until bubbling and golden brown, approximately 30-45 minutes. Cooking times may vary with amount and moistness of dressing. Don’t over cook.
Gather around the table with your family and enjoy this tasty southern treat!