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Jan 13, 2010

Creole Cornbread Stuffing

Creole Cornbread Stuffing

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups ground cornmeal

2 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp white sugar

5 eggs 3 cups buttermilk

6 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, 1 tsp salt, and sugar and mix dry ingredients well. Combine the eggs, melted butter and buttermilk. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients mixing with electric mixer until blended - moist. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 55 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

2 tbsp salt

2 tsp each white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and thyme

4 tsp oregano

6 tbsp fresh chopped basil

4 bay leaves

1 cup minced onion

1 cup chopped green onions

2 cups chopped red bell pepper

1 can chopped green chilies

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 stick melted butter

2 cups chicken broth

1 tbsp hot sauce

2 cups evaporated milk

6 to 7 eggs, beaten

Melt butter over medium heat. Combine salt, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, oregano, basil, and bay leaves. Add to melted butter and cook for a few minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. Do not allow the vegetables to brown. Add the chicken broth and hot sauce and cook 5 more minutes. Remove from heat - add evaporated milk and beaten eggs. Return to low heat and cook 2 more minutes. Remove bay leaves. Place stuffing in a bowl and allow to cool before stuffing turkey.

Prepare turkey for baking. Place cooled stuffing in turkey and bake according to the size of the turkey. Rub turkey with about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil. Loosely cover turkey with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours or according to the size of the turkey. Bake until the thickest part of the turkey reaches 180 F degrees and the interior of the stuffing reaches 165 F degrees. Remove foil during the last hour of cooking to brown the bird.

Please note: You can use this as a dressing. I boiled a chicken in water and used the stock for the broth. I placed the dressing in a baking dish and placed chicken pieces on top. Add broth as needed. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes. This recipe made 2 pans of chicken and dressing.