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Monday, November 24, 2008

Miss Bobbie's Cornbread Dressing

My mom makes the best southern cornbread dressing. As with all the best recipes, it's a combination of just a few simple, but flavorful, ingredients. The texture is very smooth, not like a traditional stuffing, and it's always prepared on the side, never inside the bird. She makes the cornbread with a 50+ year old cast iron skillet.

My favorite way to eat it is cold, the day after Thanksgiving, spread in a thick layer on a turkey sandwich. Heaven.

Her recipe:
  • 1 skillet cornbread, crumbled (she makes sure to note that it MUST be made with White Lily brand white cornmeal)
  • 4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 C onions, minced
  • 1 C celery, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 can chicken stock, or equal amount from turkey
Mix all ingredients together in a large dish. The stock and spice quantities are *suggestions* and the list above was her attempt to quantify them when I asked. You really just taste as you go and make sure it "looks right." Once you feel good about it, cover with foil and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes, removing the foil for the last 10 or 15 minutes so it can brown.

As it goes with many Thanksgiving foods, serve with lots of gravy.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Early Turkey Planning

Here is a preliminary menu for the big day...

Starters:

Dinner:
  • Cornbread dressing (not vegetarian)
  • Smoked turkey (not vegetarian)
  • Sweet potato casserole (non-marshmallow variety)
  • Spanish smashed potatoes with kale (veg)
  • Vegetarian dressing
  • Vegetarian gravy
  • Collard / mustard greens (cooked with vegetarian Vietnamese broth, ghee, and Ethiopian spices)
  • Roast root vegetables
  • Groundnut harvest stew

Dessert:
  • Sweet potato pie with spicy dark chocolate
  • Possibly some other pies, cakes, etc.

Drinks:
Did I miss anything? I may start a wiki and then everyone can contribute without searching their Gmail for the discussion.

Update: I have now created the wiki. If I missed anyone or if any regular DV posters want in on the recipe action, let me know. You will need to respond to the invite in order to access the wiki. Again, if you want in on the action, send me an email at my Gmail account. (My blogger username is the same as my Gmail account.)

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