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Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
" When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you." --- Deuteronomy 8:10 NIV
Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
Sure to Please
Do you want to be the envy of the family at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners? If so, then just make this sure to please recipe and all will never forget that special holiday dinner at your house!
Mama Jane Has A Lot of Love in Her Heart
A Little Bit About Mama Jane
Mama Jane, who is my husband’s stepmother, is known for her most satisfying traditional southern cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those family members who plan to gather at Mama Jane’s house on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, without a doubt all have one thing on their minds, and that is enjoying her dressing.
Mama Jane’s mother passed down the recipe to Mama Jane when she was in her early thirties. She has since adapted the recipe so that it can be cooked in a 13 X 9 inch pan. It makes approximately 15 or so servings. It is always wise to double this recipe, for all will want seconds!
My children received an extra blessing as Mama Jane loved on them just as if they were her very own grandchildren. My children were born long before Mama Jane was blessed with her six beautiful grandchildren. I will always be thankful for the love Mama Jane has shown to my children.
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Ingredients Needed to Make Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
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Ingredients for Making the Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups self-rising cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 8 eggs (4 for cornbread & 4 for other)
- 1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
- 6 pieces loaf bread, crumbled
- 1 quart chicken stock (broth)
- To taste, black pepper, sprinkled
Pouring Cornbread Batter into Greased Iron Skillet
Directions for Making Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
- Mix well, the buttermilk, self rising cornmeal, baking soda and 4 eggs, and then pour in a greased iron skillet (ten inch).
- Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes (do not brown it too much).
- Boil onions and celery until tender (10 – 12 minutes). Drain.
- Crumble cornbread, and mix with onions and celery. Add 4 eggs, 6 pieces of loaf bread, crumbled, and one quart of chicken broth (stock) and sprinkle with black pepper.
- Mix well.
- Pour into greased 13 X 9 pan.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir well, and then bake at 400 degrees 25 – 30 minutes more.
Cornbread in Skillet
Crumble the Cornbread into a Bowl
I found that using a potato masher helps to get the cornbread mixture to a fine consistency.
Chopped Celery and Onions
Boiling Down of Onions and Celery until Tender
Baked Cornbread Dressing, Fresh Out of the Oven
What is the Difference Between Dressing and Stuffing
It is really just a matter of how it is cooked. Stuffing is stuffed into the turkey when baking and dressing is baked in a pan. That is truly the only difference.
One must be aware that when cooking the stuffing/dressing inside a turkey requires appropriate temperatures to be reached so that bacteria will not develop. Be sure to use a thermometer inserted into the thigh of the turkey to reach the appropriate temperature. It may require a longer cooking time for the stuffing/dressing to be cooked thoroughly.
Usually, people who live in the South call it dressing and those who live in the North call it stuffing. It is all good no doubt about it! A lot of people may add spices such as sage and poultry seasoning. Many add sausage, walnuts, cranberries to the stuffing. It is all a matter of one's individual taste.
Stuffing Is Placed Inside the Turkey, When Dressing Is Cooked in a Pan
What is the best part of Thanksgiving?
The First Thanksgiving
A Thankful Heart
God has already provided a bountiful harvest. We should take time to give thanks for all our many blessings in this life, for every good and perfect thing comes from Heaven above. God tells us in His Word, that we are to be content whether we are well fed or hungry. There are many who are hungry this day, and let us take time out of our busy schedules each day of the year to show a little kindness towards those who may be less fortunate.
May God bless you and yours.