Can you believe Thanksgiving is 12 days away. 12 days!
Doesn’t it seem like we were just jumping in the pool, having outdoor barbecues and talking about the heat wave?
Christmas music is already playing on satellite radio and I have to admit I have already begun listening to it. I embrace this time of year and enjoy every minute since time just seems to fly by.
Before we know it we will be back in the pool, having barbecues and dealing with hot weather again. For now, let’s celebrate this festive time of year.
This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving but I also love it as a weeknight meal. Add with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and a leafy green salad and dinner is served.
This also freezes well. I suggest enjoying half now, and freezing half to have for Thanksgiving or to whip up for another dinner.
- For Cornbread:
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 cups celery, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
- 5 cups unseasoned croutons or stuffing
- 1 apple peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 32 ounce low sodium chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For cornbread:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Stir together cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, canola oil, eggs, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour into prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- For Stuffing:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9x13 inch casserole pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in celery and onion and cook until tender. Stir in garlic and cook for about a minute more.
- Add in sausage and cook thoroughly.
- Cube cornbread and add to a large bowl. Add in unseasoned croutons, sausage mixture, apple and parsley.
- Pour in chicken broth and gently stir until absorbed.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer mixture to prepared casserole dish and bake until cooked through, about 35-40 minutes.
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