Moi's Turkey and Dressing

“My mom makes the very best cornbread dressing I've ever had. It makes a huge roaster pan and there is always plenty of leftover for us to take home. She loves to tell the same story every Christmas and Thanksgiving that she had the measurement for the Sage down perfect when spices still came in the little tins, like McCormicks. She used the whole small tin, and it was perfect. Now that most spices comes in bottles she had to experiment some to get it perfect. Just a note do not make the mistake of using Jiffy cornbread it is too sweet, regular yellow cornbread is best. I love old traditional recipes and had my Mom write this down for me to have for a family cookbook. And yes you can tell we are from the South since we make Dressing, not stuffing.”
READY IN:
2hrs 30mins
SERVES:
16
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. You will need a large roaster pan for this dressing.
  2. Cook cornbread according to pkg. directions. I use Martha White, not a sweet cornmix like Jiffy.
  3. Chop onion and celery finely, saute in one stick butter.I like to saute' my onions, but I add a small amount of water, enough to cover the onions and celery to finish cooking them.
  4. After cornbread has cooled crumble in pan. Add celery, onion and chopped eggs to the cornbread, along with any water that is left. Crumble a few slices of white bread or I like to use about a half a loaf of day old French bread.
  5. Add sage, salt and pepper to cornbread. We use a lot of sage, so use what you need. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  6. All of this can be done the day before and then keep in the refrigerator until the turkey is cooked.
  7. We cook our turkey in a cooking bag. (This is where you can be as creative as you want with the turkey, JUST SAVE THE JUICES WHEN IT IS DONE.).
  8. Add chicken broth also, at least 2 or 3 and then add as much of the turkey drippings as you need to make the mixture loose. I add a couple of raw eggs now. My mom never did.
  9. If the mixture is too dry and does not jiggle when you shake it add enough turkey juice from the pan or more broth.
  10. That is very important step my mom always emphasied, the dressing needs to be "loose" when you shake it. (my mom's words).
  11. At this time we taste it to see if we need more sage, pepper or salt, before we cook. .
  12. Bake at 350°F for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until it is brown on top. We always have someone sample it to see if done.

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