My last post was the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, the turkey.  It was a SMOKED TURKEY.  The absolute best side to a turkey is the stuffing.  A Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing is the perfect compliment to the smoked turkey.  The smoking aspect really portends to a Southern styled Thanksgiving.  What is more Southern than Cornbread?

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Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing #Thanksgiving #sidedish #sausage #apples | feedyoursoul2.com

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing

So what is the origin of CORNBREAD?    I am not sure it tells us much but it evolves from Native Americans first teaching us about corn.  Then, our Southern roots apparently added it to their baking.  For this stuffing, the cornbread is an extra step but it is so worth it.  The cornbread adds both flavor and more texture to the stuffing.  I also added quite a few fun additions to really make a loaded stuffing.  My additions included mushrooms, ground sausage, Anaheim chili peppers and Granny Smith apples.  The flavors work so well together and each ingredient adds more texture. 

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing from Feed Your Soul Too

So why do we overeat at Thanksgiving?  Because of all of the sides.  Do we ever pack a plate with more food than we do at Thanksgiving?  I don’t think so.  As are most Thanksgiving spreads, the food is set out buffet style.  Everyone participates in bringing a dish so there are so, so many different dishes to try.  I always manage to fit everything on my plate.  I go all the way to the edges.  So much so, that when I add the gravy, and I like a lot of gravy, it rolls down the side of the plate.  No one notices, because as the chef, I serve myself last and everyone is too busy eating to notice.

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing from Feed Your Soul Too

The cast of characters.

Ingredients

Ingredients

The building of the flavor through the sautéing of vegetables.

Sauteing Veggies in Skillet

Sauteing Veggies in Skillet

Onions and Poblanos Added

Onions and Poblanos Added

Mushrooms Added

Mushrooms Added

Apples and Brown Sugar

Apples and Brown Sugar

All the ingredients tossed together after softening in the skillet, and then, added to the baking dish for the final step of the process.

All Stuffing Ingredients in Bowl

All Stuffing Ingredients in Bowl

Stuffing Added to Baking Dish

Stuffing Added to Baking Dish

The Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing plated. 

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Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing Plated

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing

Serves 12
A loaded Thanksgiving Stuffing with lots of flavors from cornbread, mushrooms, apples and so much more.


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
40 min

Total Time
50 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
40 min

Total Time
50 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 – 3 cups Chicken Stock
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 3 celery stalks, diced
  4. 2 carrots, diced
  5. 3 peppers (poblano or anaheim), diced
  6. 2 cartons crimini mushrooms, sliced
  7. 1 yellow onion, diced
  8. 2 tablespoons oregano
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 3 Italian turkey sausages, casings removed
  11. 1 skillet full of cornbread
  12. 1 loaf crusty bread, cubed or broken into pieces
Instructions
  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter to a skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add the carrots and celery. After a few minutes, add the onions and cook for 3 – 4 minutes to soften.
  4. Next, add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until the water is cooked out of the mushrooms.
  5. Add in the spices and mix well.
  6. In a big bowl, mix together the vegetables, sausage, bread and cornbread.
  7. Start adding the stock 1 cup at a time. Everything should be moist but not wet.
  8. Pour the contents from the bowl into a baking dish.
  9. Add a little more stock.
  10. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 50 – 60 minutes.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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