This slightly sweet stuffing gets a little savory smoke from bacon, tang from the dried cranberries and of course has that requisite sage-y Thanksgiving flavor from the dried herbs. It also makes life easy for the cook: it bakes in just 20 minutes once the turkey is out of the oven.
If you happen to have bits and pieces of other breads lying around, by all means substitute them for up to half of the cornbread. Stale sourdough, biscuits and other white breads work especially well.
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- 2/3 cup 1% milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 8.5-ounce packages corn muffin mix
- 6 slices bacon
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 1/2 cups diced carrot
- 1 1/2 cup diced celery
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed sage
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Whisk the milk and eggs in a large bowl; stir in the muffin mix and let stand 2 minutes. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and cut in ½-inch cubes. Allow to stand at room temperature 1 day or place on a baking sheet and toast in a 400 degree oven until golden.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet: remove and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Crumble the bacon when cool.
- Add the onion, carrot and celery to the drippings in the pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are somewhat softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cranberries and broth; cook 5 minutes.
- Combine the cornbread cubes, crumbled bacon, vegetables, walnuts, thyme, sage salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to the baking dish and bake 20 minutes, until thoroughly heated.
Alex Caldwell says
Your article re Thanksgiving disasters aren’t! Was beautifully thought out. My turkey day prep will be much more pleasurable with your advice in mind..
Marge Perry says
I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Amy Nieporent says
This combines some of my very favorite things! YUM Would dried cherries work?
Marge Perry says
Absolutely! And it would be delicious!