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Best Corn Bread Dressing

 Best Corn Bread Dressing
When folks think of "Thanksgiving" their thoughts often turn to turkey and dressing. This is my version of dressing and my whole family love it.—Kim Kreider, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
12 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + simmering Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • Turkey giblets
  • CORN BREAD:
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 cups cubed soft bread (1/2-inch cubes)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring water and giblets to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • cover and simmer for 2 hours.

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Directions (continued)

  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar,
  • baking powder and salt. Combine the egg, milk and oil; stir into dry
  • ingredients just until moistened. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square
  • baking pan.
  • Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut corn bread into
  • 1/2-in. cubes; set aside.
  • Strain broth, discarding giblets. Set broth aside; cool slightly. In
  • a large skillet, saute the celery, onion and pecans in butter until
  • vegetables are tender. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the corn
  • bread, cubed bread, eggs, seasonings and enough reserved broth to
  • reach desired moistness (about 1-1/2 cups). Save remaining broth for
  • another use.
  • Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at
  • 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 8-10 minutes longer or until
  • a thermometer reads 160° and top is lightly browned. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe makes enough dressing to stuff a 12-pound turkey. If used to stuff poultry, replace the eggs in the dressing with 1/2 cup egg substitute. Bake until a meat thermometer reads 180° for poultry and 165° for dressing.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 434 calories, 30 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 124 mg cholesterol, 651 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.