#Comfort Cooking

Dressing or Stuffing?

November 17, 2017

Thanksgivings were always special as I was growing up.  That was the time that the whole family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, all got together.  We would rotate between my mother and her three sisters.  So one year we may gather in Cut Bank, Montana; then the next year Glasgow, Montana; and then Miles City, Montana - where two of my aunts lived.  Everyone helped with the feast, preparing the food, setting the table - but the kids were in charge of the clean-up afterwards.  And the turkey was always stuffed with a bread stuffing.  

After I moved to Florida and married My Mr. B there was no more stuffing.  It was cornbread dressing.  There was that one year that we were in Montana for Thanksgiving and my mother had watched some cooking show where the bird was actually deboned before cooking and then stuffed with the stuffing and then cooked.  My Mr. B was the one that had to debone the turkey.  It was a very long and hard task - and he will never do it again.  But the result was AMAZING.  You would never know there were no bones in it - until you sliced through that turkey.  It was so moist and delicious.  

But I digress.  So now I'm in the south.  My Mr. B's mother had a lady that would clean house and cook for her - and every year Betty Ann (she happens to have the same name as one of my favorite aunts), would make the dressing for My Mr. B's family.  We liked the turkey and ham and all the other stuff, but Betty Ann's dressing was the BEST.  When My Mr. B and I moved into our home, we started hosting Thanksgiving.   My in-laws would still bring Betty Ann's dressing, so I never had to worry about that.  As the years have gone by and the kids have grown and moved away,  My Mr. B's parents have passed on, and our large family Thanksgiving dinners have shrunk.  

I suddenly found myself having to make my own dressing.  I tried a couple of recipes and was never really happy with them.  I got out of making Thanksgiving dinner for a couple of years for various reasons (knee replacement, etc.) and then last year was planning my menu.  What do I do for dressing??!!  Then I get a text from my sister-in-law that said, "Made your dressing for our work Thanksgiving dinner and it was great."  I immediately called her and said what recipe?  When did I give it to you?  Help?? 

So then I went through my clipped, stored, messy stack of recipes and found it.  I have some friends that get together and start making their dressing a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving.  Me, I don't like to take a lot of time, so I need something simple.  So I'm happy to share this simple, but delicious recipe.  I have no idea where it came from, but it's a keeper.

Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 - 8x8 pan of cornbread cooked (that's what the recipe says, but I just cook 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread)
6 slices of white bread - toasted
1 large onion - chopped
3 stalks of celery - chopped
4 eggs beaten - just whisk them a little
5 cups (approximately) chicken stock
1/4 cup butter - melted
1 teaspoon sage
1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

* Dump cooked cornbread into a large mixing bowl and break it up - just put your hands in the bowl and crumble the cornbread into small pieces.  Tear the toast into bite-size pieces and put them in the bowl with the cornbread. 

* Add the chopped onion and celery into the bread mixture and mix it together - with your hands. Sprinkle the sage and poultry seasoning over the mixture and mix it up.  

* Mix together the chicken broth, eggs and butter.  Pour the chicken broth mixture into the cornbread mixture. The mixture will be very moist - almost soupy.  Add salt and pepper.  

* Pour into a 9x13 pan - greased.  Bake for about 45 minutes.

We'll be having this with our fried turkey.  Have you ever fried your turkey?  We started doing that after I watched a cooking show where they fried the turkey.  It was an easy solution to that old oven I used to have where there was never enough room to get everything ready at the same time.  Just a side note - My Mr. B would love to block all cooking and HGTV shows, because I always find something for him to do.  But even he will admit that the fried turkey is simply delicious. 

And another side note - Betty Ann is still around, so next time I go visit my sister-in-law, I may have to see Betty Ann and get her recipe. 

Come on by for some turkey and dressing.


  1. I'll have to try this real cornbread recipe. Our family has preferred Mrs. Cubbison's cornbread boxed dressing. We don't need the extras some people add such as raisins. Thank you for clearing up the difference between stuffing and dressing. :)

    1. So I made my dressing last night. I must have been a little touched in the head, because I usually double this recipe. As I was putting it together, I realized I had actually quadrupled some of the ingredients. Made some adjustments and cooked a small bit of it for a taste test. It still turned out pretty good - if I do say so myself. I don't actually bake it until Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. I have to bring my mom in just for cornbread dressing! Yum!! (I’ll eat both, don’t get me wrong...but cornbread dressing is just part of thanksgiving dinner!).

    1. I agree! For some reason my gravy turned out really good this year, too!


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