On day 3 of cooking my way through January I have decided to tackle cornbread dressing. Due to scheduling conflicts we are having our New Year’s Day meal a couple of days late so this seemed like a good time to make it. Most of the cornbread dressing recipes online simply state to “make cornbread and then…” but despite being from the south, I have no idea how to make cornbread as I have never made it before. This is one of the reasons that cornbread dressing seemed so difficult to me, but luckily a friend of mine gave me a simple dressing recipe that is easy to make but full of flavor. This recipe utilizes cream of mushroom and chicken soups, which works surprisingly well. So first things first:
I made the cornbread using corn meal mix. Here is what you need:
Non-stick cooking spray
1 & 1/3 cups milk or buttermilk
1 large egg (beaten)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups self-rising corn meal mix
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray your cast iron skillet or baking pan with the non-stick spray and place it in the oven for around 8 minutes, until it is hot. In a medium sized bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix well until smooth. If the batter is too thick to pour then add a little more milk to smooth it out. Pour the batter into the heated skillet or pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it looks like this:
Once the cornbread is done it is time to concentrate on turning it into dressing. Here’s what you will need for the dressing part, aside from the cornbread:
1 onion (chopped finely)
3 celery stalks (chopped finely)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
For the onion and celery you can buy a mix of them already diced at the grocery store, which makes this recipe even easier than it already is. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crumble the cornbread into a large bowl.
Add soups, chicken broth, and vegetables and mix well. Put into a baking dish and bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. It is finished when it is brown on top. Here is my finished product:
It turned out very good! It was moist and flavorful. I took this to a family get together and everyone raved about it. Needless to say, there were no leftovers!
If you want to take it a step further some optional add-ins are shredded chicken and diced green bell pepper.