The BEST Southern Stuffing

By Kara
October 20, 2015
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The BEST Southern Stuffing

Author Notes: I created this recipe the first time I was in charge of preparing Thanksgiving Dinner. I couldn't find one single recipe that incorporated all of the ingredients I wanted to use, so I combined various recipes to come up with a version that I thought sounded delicious. That first year I had no idea how it would turn out, but 15 years later, it's still my go to recipe!Kara

Serves: 10-12

  • 6 cups Cornbread, crumbled
  • 6 cups Biscuits, crumbled
  • 9 tablespoons Butter - plus more for pan
  • 1 Onion, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 Ribs celery, strings removed, diced (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1.5 pounds Sweet Fennel Sausage, casing removed
  • 2 tablespoons Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Sage, chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons Salt, plus more to taste
  • 3-4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Head of Roasted Garlic
  1. Heat oven to 375°. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl, combine cornbread and biscuits, and set aside. In a large skillet, melt 5 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery, and sauté until onions are translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Combine vegetables and corn-bread mixture.
  2. In same skillet, sauté sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon to break up large pieces, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove sausage with slotted spoon; mix with corn-bread mixture, along with poultry seasoning, sage, salt, and pepper. Discard rendered fat from skillet. Add stock, 1 cup at a time; mix. (You may not need all stock.) Stuffing should be well moistened (I like mine to be kind of "soupy").
  3. Squeeze garlic from skins; mix gently into corn-bread mixture; keep them whole. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter; drizzle over top of stuffing. Bake until top is golden and stuffing is heated through, 45 to 50 minutes. To reheat, bring to room temperature, and cover; bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove cover; bake until heated through, about 10 minutes more.

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