Cornbread Dressing

Thanksgiving Day, many years ago I found out that my husband told his mom to bring the dressing because all I knew how to make was Stove-Top Stuffing. Now I guess there isn’t anything wrong with Stove-Top Stuffing since that is what my mom always made. But here is a difference between stuffing and dressing. And my husband and his family that were coming over for Thanksgiving dinner were wanting dressing. I was horrified when I found out and felt like a failure.

But that just made me determined to teach myself how to make cornbread dressing before the next holiday gathering just 4 short weeks later. Because of this my husband was also a cornbread dressing taste tester several times before Christmas.

Cornbread Dressing

½ cup finely chopped celery

½ cup finely chopped onions

1 stick margarine

1 pan of cooked, cooled, crumbled cornbread

1 can chicken broth

1 egg, beaten

2 eggs, boiled, cooled, chopped

2 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp ground sage seasoning

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Melt margarine in pan. Add celery & onion. Saute on low until tender, about 5 minutes.

While the veggies are sautéing, in a large bowl, combine the crumbled cornbread, broth, beaten egg, boiled chopped eggs, poultry seasoning, ground sage seasoning, salt, & pepper. Add sauted celery/onion mixture. Toss until all is moistened.

Pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Cover w/ foil.

Bake on 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until lightly browned on top & heated through. This doubles easily.

If you’d like the recipe for my Sweet Cornbread click here.

Sweet Potato Pudding Casserole


Sweet Potato Casserole

Do you love sweet potatoes? How about sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon? How about a sweet potato casserole, especially with a holiday meal; turkey or ham?

Sweet Potato Pudding Casserole Recipe OKC Mom of 3

I love sweet potatoes and have served this casserole on Thanksgiving and Christmas for almost 20 years.

Ingredients

6-8 sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped

2 cups plus 2 TBSP sugar

2 sticks butter, divided

1 can evaporative milk

2 TBSP flour

1 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

1 1/2 TBSP vanilla

2 TBSP cinnamon

Peel and wash the potatoes, then cut into smaller pieces.

Add to boiling water. Boil until tender. Drain.

Then pour into a large bowl, add 1 stick of butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mash & stir well. It will be smooth.

Pour into a large casserole dish. Best size would be larger than a 13X9.

Slice (or grate) the second stick of butter and place across the top of the potatoes.

Then sprinkle with the 2 TBSP each of the sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until it has a light crust is on top.

Sweet Potato Pudding Casserole Recipe OKC Mom of 3

Tips:

Since my boys like marshmallows I have put a few small marshmallows in a corner while baking. They get crisp and brown. I guess you could put them all over, but this is a delicious casserole without marshmallows.

To slice or grate the butter it is a little easier if it is frozen or hasn’t softened yet.

You could bake for 30 minutes then put it on broil to crisp the top.

Do you make sweet potatoes for your holiday meals? Do you think this is something that you will try in the near future? Come back & let me know what you think of it!

Denverista

Sweet Cornbread

Do you love a good ol’ cornbread? We like ours a little sweet. Whenever possible I make things from scratch. Now, there is not anything wrong with using packages when cooking because that is how my mom cooked. I always thought it was because she was in a hurry to feed us kids after a long day at work, but as I have gotten older I have learned that she doesn’t like to cook as much as I do.

So I played with homemade cornbread recipes until we found what we really liked. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Sweet Cornbread

¼ Cup shortening

1 Cup yellow cornmeal

1 Cup all-purpose flour

5-10 TBSP sugar *

4 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 Cup milk

1 egg, beaten

Melt shortening in a 8 X 8 baking dish, in the pre-heated oven.

While it is melting, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Add milk and egg last, mix well.

Once mixed add the melted shortening. Mix well & pour back into the hot baking dish.

Bake on 425 degrees, for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. I have not tried this in a cast iron skillet but some day I may just do that.

* Yes, that says 5-10 TBSP of sugar. We like it a little sweet, so sweeten to your taste.