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Sausage and Mushroom Cornbread Dressing

I learned about corn bread dressing while living in the south for a few years. I decided to combine it with a few of my favorite stuffing ingredients to give it my own spin. —James Schend, Food Editor, Taste of Home
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    9 cups

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • CORN BREAD DRESSING:
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs (3-4 slices)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Place a 10-in. cast-iron skillet in the oven; preheat to 425°. Whisk together first 5 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk milk, eggs, 1/4 cup olive oil, honey and vinegar; whisk into dry ingredients. Remove skillet from oven; lightly grease with remaining olive oil. Pour in batter. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, crumbling meat, until no longer pink. Remove and drain. In same skillet, cook mushrooms, celery and onion until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Crumble cornbread into a large bowl; stir in sausage, mushroom mixture and remaining ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Refrigerate, covered, at least 8 hours.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake, uncovered, until top is browned and mixture is set, 40-45 minutes.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This is a lighter, fluffier dressing that won't leave you stuffed. (Hello, seconds!)
  • Pressed for time? Speed up the process by using a corn bread mix.
  • Make it southwestern with chorizo and cumin instead of sausage and rosemary.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 276 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 592mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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    • CJR58
      Oct 17, 2020

      Better than any Stovetop I ever tried.