I consider this an “heirloom recipe.” It’s from my “other mother,” Flora Hayden. All Flora’s kids LOVE this dressing and make it for every occasion. In addition to serving this with turkey, I use it to recreate Flora’s Baked Chicken and Dressing (browned pieces of chicken are “buried” in the dressing in a deep roaster and baked for about 1 1/2 hours) and to stuff double-thick pork chops. Once you’ve mastered the recipe, you’ll think of many ways to enjoy it. —ChefJune
enough dressing to accompany 1 turkey or to bury two chickens
2 or 3
celery stalks, finely chopped
large green bell pepper, finely chopped
large onion, finely chopped
unsalted butter, melted
8-inch pan cornbread
slices crisp toast
cloves garlic, chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
In This Recipe
Sauté celery, bell pepper and onion in 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add more stock if necessary to thoroughly moisten the mixture. (Be careful not to make it too mushy.).
Place in an oiled baking dish, cover with foil, shiny side in, and bake for 1 hour in the 325 degree oven with the turkey.
Teacher’s Tip: “I never stuff anything with dressing/stuffing. I LOVE dressing and if you stuff something, there just wouldn't be enough!” – quote from Sheila Thomas.