Fresh Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we prepare our favorite dishes, with my husband having a big role in making the turkey and the fresh homemade cornbread stuffing. A few years back he had the task of making our Thanksgiving feast for a house full as I was two days out of the hospital with our 6th baby.

Here we go! The secret to this amazing tasting fresh cornbread stuffing is the fresh cornmeal. I mill popcorn, or field corn to get the freshest taste possible for my cornmeal. If you don’t have a grain mill, buy the best cornmeal you can find and just go for it!

Fresh Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

Fresh Cornbread Stuffing

Fresh Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

This cornbread needs to be cubed and dried and can be made two days before. You can also dry the cubed cornbread in the oven, which works great if you want to make the whole thing up and store in the refrigerator the day before the feast.

Fresh Cornbread Stuffing

Fresh Cornbread Stuffing

Milled corn is used in this recipe, or purchased cornmeal can be substituted. Fresh Cornbread Stuffing is delicious and one of our favorites to make on Thanksgiving. You can make it up ahead, but we normally bake 1 hour before dinner.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Cornbread

  • 1 1/2 c. unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 c. freshly ground corn - popcorn or field corn (or purchased cornmeal)
  • 3 Tbsp. fine brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter - softened
  • 1  1/2 c. milk

Sausage Addition

  • 2 lbs sausage - hot and sweet - cooked and drained

Saute:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 large stalks celery
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 Tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. thyme

Add before baking

  • 15 oz. chicken broth - hold until putting stuffing together.

Instructions

  1. We use two 9" x 13" pans. This recipe is pretty versatile depending on how much cubed stuffing you end up with.
  2. For fresh cornmeal use a home grain mill, otherwise use purchased cornmeal.
  3. Spray the pans. Using 9" x 13" pans makes a 'thinner' cake as we are cutting these into cubes afterward.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients, making sure there are no brown sugar lumps.
  5. Add the butter, egg, and milk. Whisk until well combined. Spread in your prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool.
  7. Cube and toast the cornbread in the oven - 350 degrees, turning often so not to burn. We toast the cornbread until lightly brown on all sides. Cool.

Sausage Addition

  1. Cook and drain sausage.
  2. Saute butter, celery, onion, and spices. Stir in cooked sausage.
  3. If you have two pans, separate the sausage mix into the two cubed and dried stuffing pans and stir until well combined.
  4. Split the chicken broth over both pans, stirring well. Add the chicken broth to moisten, not soak the cubes. You may need more or less.
  5. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Take off the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes to crisp up.

Delicious cubed cornbread, ready to be baked or dried. Milling your own corn for cornmeal has the best flavor!

Fresh Cornbread

This combination smells wonderful!! Cook the sausage. Saute the onions, celery etc., in butter. This is added to the dried cornbread mixture.

Fresh Cornbread Stuffing

Combine the sausage, vegetables and cornbread mixture together, and bake. 

Enjoy! Theresa

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