From the South: Turkey with Cornbread
In the southern United States turkey is not turkey without
cornbread dressing. This dressing is prepared in a pan all by
itself and served along side the turkey as a side dish instead
of cooking inside the turkey. You will probably have to prepare
the turkey first in your oven or use a smoker to prepare your
The way I prefer to prepare this Holiday turkey with
cornbread dressing is to roast my turkey first and have the
cornbread dressing ready to bake and then replace the turkey
with the dressing.
The dressing will take about 30 minute to bake and your
turkey will still be hot if you cover it with foil and keep in
on the stove top. This way when you serve your turkey and
dressing, they will both be warm and delicious.
prepare the dressing you will need to prepare your homemade
cornbread first, I usually prepare this a day or two before; my
oven is going to be busy enough on the holiday.
the cornbread you will need:
- ½ cup of flour,
- 1 cup of cornmeal,
- 2 tablespoons of sugar,
- a dash of salt,
- 1 beaten egg,
- 1 cup of milk, and
- 1 tablespoon of shortening.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake
the cornbread for around 30 minutes until the top is golden
brown. You will need 2 pans of cornbread for the dressing
recipe. Or you can double the above recipe.
Now, you are
ready to make your cornbread dressing to serve with your holiday
You will need the 2 pans of cornbread you prepared and
- 1 cup of chopped celery,
- 1 cup of chopped onion, 1
- tablespoon of minced garlic,
- 2 slices of white bread,
- 4 ounces of butter,
- turkey giblets,
- 1 ½ cups of turkey broth,
- 3 eggs,
- salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the giblets in a saucepan with just enough water to
cover until tender and then chop into small pieces and set
SautÃ© the onion, celery and garlic in the butter
until tender. In a large bowl, crumble the cornbread and add the
vegetables to the cornbread and mix well.
Add the chopped giblets. Soak the bread in the turkey broth
and stir into the cornbread mixture and enough broth to moisten.
Spoon the dressing into a large casserole pan and bake at 350
degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
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