Guest Author - Gillian Scianna
I love "the beginning of the holiday season", since I was a child it marked the passage to Christmas. Growing up I lived in an area that was cold and snowy this created a fair amount of indoor time. This was also a time to watch my family get ready for the season, like a well-oiled machine, the plates came out, the recipe books, I called it "the seasonal pomp and circumstance." Yet while everyone was busy with the details I was thinking of one thing only -- stuffing sandwiches. It was not the turkey, or the mashed potatoes, it was the stuffing, piled high on sourdough bread, mayonnaise and cranberry sauce -- yummy, I can taste it now.
A great stuffing is just as important as a well-cooked meal, each component complements the other in a balancing way. When you find a great recipe it makes all the difference in the world, the seasonings are just right to your taste. You can always play around and create your own ideas, add and subtract the different flavors until you create the perfect combination for your palate. I love a good cornbread stuffing, I like the texture of the cornbread it really stands up to baking without turning mushy like a bread recipe. This recipe also includes toasted biscuits for a dense mixture -- remember one great dish can create a lifetime of warm memories.
Grandma's Cornbread Stuffing
yields 12 servings
1 box or can of chicken stock
1 9 x 13 inch pan of biscuits, made from mix
2 9 x 13 inch pans of cornbread, made from mix
3 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1 lb. butter, melted
Sage, to taste, my rule is a light sprinkle, you can always add more
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, not necessary
Bake the biscuits and cornbread according to the directions on the package. Slice and toast the freshly baked biscuits, saute onion, celery and seasonings in butter, in a large skillet until tender. In a large roasting pan combine cornbread and toasted biscuits, crumbled together. Add butter, celery, onion and seasoning mixture and toss in the pecans. Pour the chicken stock one cup at a time over the cornbread vegetable mixture. Add just enough to cover the stuffing and get a moist consistency. Cover & bake in 400º F. oven for one hour. Uncover and bake 30 to 40 more minutes more then remove from oven, this will thicken as it cools slightly.