Cornbread Dressing Southern Style

A true cornbread dressing is similar to most stuffing recipes. It starts off with a fresh batch of cornbread, and other ingredients are added in to enrich the flavor. The key to successful dressing recipes is the fresh herbs and spices, especially sage and thyme. Even if you don't usually make Southern food, this is the perfect dish to serve alongside a turkey on a special occasion or a holiday with your family and friends.

You can make this dish easily in a pan in the oven. Once you start to smell the delicious sweet aromas, you'll want to serve it straight out of the dish. Traditionally, Southerners cut the cornbread dressing into small squares and serve it like that.

Southern Cornbread Dressing
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 pan of cornbread (or 2 to 3 cups of crumbled cornbread dressing)
2 cups of dried bread (white or wheat), crumbled
3 eggs
½ cup butter, melted
1 small onion, chopped
¼ cup celery, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme, chopped
5 cups chicken stock

You're going to start with your cooked pan of delicious cornbread. Let it cool, crumble it up and mix it with the wheat or white bread in a bowl. Then stir in the eggs and the butter, onion, celery, salt, pepper, sage and thyme. Continually add in small amounts of broth little by little until the entire mixture is soggy and heavy. Then transfer the cornbread dressing mixture into a greased baking pan. Bake it at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. It will start to look a little crispy on the outside, so you'll know that it's ready.

You can also use some boneless chicken in your Southern dressing to make it a touch more flavorful. To go along with that, try adding a can of cream of chicken soup to the mix in lieu of the chicken stock.

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