The Southern Corn Bread recipe in Joy of Cooking is the cornbread that the book recommends for its cornbread stuffing. It’s delicious on its own, so I knew it would probably work well in Cornbread Dressing with Sausage.
In November I saw a recipe for Cornbread, Sausage, and Pecan Dressing from Bon Appétit that looked terrific. I ended up combining ideas from Bon Appétit’s recipe with Joy of Cooking’s Basic Corn Bread Stuffing to create my Cornbread Dressing with Sausage.
This dressing was a great side dish with the turkey that I recently roasted, but it shouldn’t be reserved just for holidays. It would be a welcome side dish at any time during the cold winter months when comfort foods are so appealing. It would be just as good with a roast chicken, pork roast, or ham as it was with the turkey.
I loved the Southern Corn Bread in this dressing. It’s made with 100% cornmeal and no flour, so it’s an excellent choice for those who avoid wheat and gluten. Plus, it was just delicious! If wheat is not an issue, you can use 8 – 9 cups of your favorite cornbread.
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage is most definitely a recipe I’ll be making again!
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage
(Adapted from a Bon Appétit recipe and one in Joy of Cooking)
Serves 8 – 10
1 recipe of Southern Corn Bread (or 8 – 9 cups of your favorite cornbread)
1 pound bulk chicken sausage (I used Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage Roll)
½ cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
1½ cups diced celery
2 cups chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup minced Italian parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups chicken (or turkey) broth
1. To toast the cornbread, preheat the oven to 400˚.
2. Cut the cornbread into cubes. Spread the cubes out on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven for 10 – 13 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the toasted cornbread in a large bowl.
3. Turn the oven down to 350˚.
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Break up the sausage into the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until done. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside in a medium bowl.
5. Add the ½ cup of butter to the skillet. When it has melted, add the onions, celery, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened a bit.
6. Add the cider vinegar to the pan. Cook for a minute or so, stirring up any bits of sausage or vegetables on the bottom of the pan.
7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, sage, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
8. Add the mixture in the pan to the bowl with the cornbread. Stir to combine.
9. Add the cooked sausage and the chicken broth and stir to combine.
10. Butter a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Spoon the dressing into the dish.
Cornbread dressing ready to bake
11. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350˚ for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 40 minutes.