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Monday, November 23, 2009

Pans of Dressing!

Every year before Thanksgiving we divvy up the chores... for 3 working Mom's this is the only way we can get it all done. Thanksgiving at the McMichael house is like a Sunday at the WhistleStop Cafe... Pans of dressing, Green bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Souffle, Mac & Cheese, of course Turkey and Ham. For dessert (of course there is always room for dessert) there will be Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie.

I am making my pans of dressing ahead. I save up cornbread and left over buttermilk biscuits through the year. I throw them all into my 'bread for dressing' zip-loc bag. It stays in the freezer until I am ready to make some dressing.
Southern Cornbread Dressing
1 large pan cornbread
3 cups soft breadcrumbs
½ cup butter
2 onions diced
3 cups celery, diced
½ cup chopped fresh sage (1Tbs dried)
4 eggs
60 oz chicken broth, undiluted
1 Tbs fresh pepper
Crumble cornbread, and mix with breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Saute onions and celery in butter until tender, add sage, and stir one minute more. In the breadcrumb bowl, combine chicken broth, eggs, pepper, and cooled vegetables. (This will be soupy!) Pour into a buttered 13x9 in baking dish. Place in the fridge overnight (may sit for less if needed) Bake @ 375°, uncovered for 30-45 minutes.

I have posted this recipe before... but since the girls were looking for it this year, I thought I'd dust it off and post it again.
I am making it ahead and freezing it, so on the big day it can just be thawed and popped in the oven. I freeze it raw, before baking at all, wrapped in foil.
Bill has specific instructions how to thaw and bake everything... Because I am off to visit the Queen!
Y'all enjoy~


Char said...

it's so great how this is all handed about with southern cooks. Mine is about the same.

Beth said...

Dressing is my favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving....and pecan pie ;)

Cora said...

Yay for dressing! Mine's about the same too but this year I'm adding roasted chestnuts like Grannie used to do! Yum YUM!

We don't eat "stuffing" at our house! :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Char~ It is much more fun if everyone does a little cooking~ and a lot of eating.
Beth~ I'm with you!
Cora~ Roasted chestnuts sound good. I asked Bill about adding pecans... you should have seen the look I got. No Way!!

nanny said...

yep, I think that's just exactly like mine....mouth watering......

nanny said...

But wait....I want to know about your trip??????

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Nanny~ You know I'll have lots to show and tell about that. Y'all can come right along wiht me.

barb cabot said...

Oooh thank you! Love cornbread dressing.

Jerry said...

Poor Bill having to do all of this work on his own while you galavant through London! LOL

Holledayz said...

"Nawt too soupy...not like chicken noodle soup, more like mushroom soup"....."fresh sage? I know your Mautha puts that is hers but mm-mmm-mmm..."
Don't forget your passport!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Jerry~ Poor Bill has to do all the work and the dishes to (my usual after supper job, to push away from the table)
Holly~ I left out the young hen we bowl for our broth. You can get that at the piggly wiggly nowadays.

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