31 Meals in 31 Days: Easy Cornbread Dressing

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:

The Cornbread

I made the cornbread using corn meal mix. Here is what you need:

Easy cornbread dressing

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:

Easy cornbread dressing

The Dressing

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:

Easy cornbread dressing

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.

Easy cornbread dressing

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:

Easy cornbread dressing

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.

Enjoy!

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