In the American South, stuffing is often referred to as "dressing." Some people use the term "dressing" when the dish is baked on its own rather than stuffed inside a turkey or other fowl [source: Kayal].
Here's what you'll need to make cornbread dressing:
- Cornbread (a traditional Southern recipe would use buttermilk cornbread)
- Four tablespoons unsalted butter
- Four cloves garlic, minced
- Two onions, finely chopped
- Four stalks celery, finely chopped
- Two tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
- Two tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
- ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- Two cups chicken stock
- Four large eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
Here's how to make the dressing:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190.6 degrees Celsius).
- Sauté the garlic, onions and celery, in a large pan, in butter over medium heat until tender (about eight minutes).
- Crumble the cornbread into a large bowl. Add the sautéed vegetables and the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
- Butter a large ovenproof skillet or two-quart casserole dish. Spoon the mixture into the skillet or dish.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
- Serve hot [Source: Martha Stewart].
If you want to make buttermilk cornbread from scratch, you can try this recipe:
- 2 ½ cups cornmeal
- One teaspoon sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- Four teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ¼ cups buttermilk (at room temperature)
- Three large eggs
- Four tablespoons melted butter
Here's what to do:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218.3 degrees Celsius).
- Butter an 8-inch (20.3-centimeter) square baking pan.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients in another bowl.
- Combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture. Pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool slightly on wire rack before removing from the pan [Source: Martha Stewart].