This Cornbread, Sausage, and Apple Dressing is nice and herby without being overpowering and the sweet tart apple compliments the savory sausage perfectly. It’s a delightful combination, and if I hadn’t told the whole family, I bet they would have never guessed it was gluten free.
Before last year the only kind of dressing that made it onto our family’s Thanksgiving table came from a box with the word Stouffer’s plastered on the front of it. It may not be the fanciest thing in the world, but I love some good old fashioned, straight from the box stuffing.
We probably never would have departed from our old faithful standby, but when mom had to switch to a gluten free diet, we decided it may be time to branch out. I just couldn’t sit there enjoying my mound of stuffing while mom stared at a sparse plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans. When I found a recipe for cornbread dressing in Better Homes and Gardens, I knew it was time to take the challenge.
Of course this dressing required more effort than the box (I mean really, it’s hard to beat just adding butter and broth), but I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this recipe. The dressing is nice and herby without being overpowering and the sweet tart apple compliments the savory sausage perfectly. It’s a delightful combination, and if I hadn’t told the whole family, I bet they would have never guessed it was gluten free.
The recipe starts off with a humble homemade skillet cornbread. The batter is thrown right into a hot, buttery cast iron skillet and baked off to golden perfection. Then it’s broken up into big chunks and left out for a day to dry up a little bit.
The next day you saute some celery, sausage, and apples, throw in some broth and herbs, and before you know it, you’ve got a toasty pan of homemade dressing coming out of the oven.
The original recipe for this called for a significant amount more broth, but I prefer my dressing to have some crunch. I like the pieces of cornbread to have some distinction rather than being one pile of goop. But hey if you like a “goopier” dressing, feel free to add extra broth to it!
I’m sure this will be making a second appearance at our Thanksgiving table this year. And though Stouffer’s will have its spot as well, you know what they say. There’s no such thing as too much dressing. Or maybe I just say that. Either way, it’s truth.
For the cornbread
For the dressing
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