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Make Ahead and Freeze Cornbread Dressing Recipe with Homemade Cornbread

Southern Corn Bread Dressing with homemade recipe adapted from Cookbook Back Home with the Neely's
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Author: Angela Roberts

Ingredients

Cornbread Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup corn meal medium grind
  • 1 3/4 cups spelt flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar optional
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter diviided 3,2
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs

Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced celery
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 6 tablespoons butter can use olive oil
  • 8 cups cornbread you have option of mixing in white bread half and half with corn bread
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 16 sage leaves or 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 extra large eggs or 3 small beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 pound sage sausage or country sausage cooked and crumbled into bite size pieces.

Instructions

Cornbread

  • Mix dry ingredients (corn meal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar)
  • Add dash of baking soda to buttermilk. Mix with eggs and 3 tablespoons melted butter.
  • Gently mix wet ingredients into dry.
  • Heat 10 inch cast iron pan with 2 tablespoon butter in oven.
  • Carefully pour mixture into pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Cool.

Cornbread Dressing

  • Crumble or break into pieces the cornbread. Allow to sit out and dry for two days. Or, place on two shallow cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes, turning once.
  • Melt butter in large dutch oven.
  • Add onion and celery and cook until softened.
  • Add in nuts and chopped herbs.
  • Cook a few minutes. Add in 3 cups of chicken broth, reserving fourth cup.
  • Put corn bread in large bowl.
  • Add crumbled sausage.
  • Pour broth mixture over the cornbread. Allow to sit and absorb. You will know if you need to add more broth, especially if you like a more moist dressing.
  • Place into baking dish and bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.