Timing is everything with preparing for your Thanksgiving meal. This is a delicious recipe for corn bread dressing. You can buy the ingredients for this corn bread dressing several days before the meal. You should make the corn bread the day before and let it dry out overnight. When it comes to cooking a big meal, it is best to plan ahead. (see all of my Thanksgiving recipes on examiner.com: (click here and scroll down and click on the Thanksgiving recipes list).
Here are some more tips to planning your Thanksgiving meal:
Three to five days before: Go grocery shopping for all of your ingredients. Begin to defrost the turkey in the refrigerator. Make the cranberry coulis.
Two days before: Get your house ready. Yes, this means cleaning the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms.
The day before: Rinse the greens and place in baggies with paper towels and refrigerate. Make corn bread and let dry overnight. Make the desserts (Tarte Tatin). Set the table
The morning of Thanksgiving: Fry bacon for cannellini beans. Make the mashed potatoes. Roast the turkey.
With a little planning, cooking the Thanksgiving meal won’t seem overwhelming. Taking baby steps to a huge delicious feast is the way to go.
Corn Bread Dressing:
6 C. 1 inch cubes white bread
6 C. crumbled day old corn bread
2 ¼ C. chicken broth
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ C unsalted butter
1 C fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves
3 Granny Smith apples, pealed, cored and diced
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake for ten minutes. Let cool. In large bowl, combine bread cubes, corn bread and enough broth to make a mushy mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add parsley, celery, onion and garlic. Cook until softened ( about ten minutes). Add onion mixture to the bread mixture, along with apples, nutmeg. Add eggs and gently combine. Spread dressing in an unbuttered 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Bake until golden brown. About one hour. Enjoy!