Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes: Cornbread-Sage Dressing

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By Howard Lee Puckett

Serves 4 to 6

This dressing tastes best when using a savory cornbread.

• 2 cups cubed multigrain bread
• 3 cups crumbled cornbread
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 large celery stalk (with leaves), sliced
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
• 1/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 1½ teaspoons minced fresh sage 
• 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
• 2 cups chicken broth
• 1 tablespoon butter, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread bread cubes on large baking sheet; bake 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until cubes are dry. Set aside to cool.

2. Combine crumbled cornbread and dry bread cubes in a large bowl; set aside.

3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and celery; continue cooking until onions are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Add sautéed onion mixture, dried apples and next six ingredients to bread mixture; toss to combine. Moisten bread mixture with half of the broth, using two big spoons to combine. Add remaining broth; toss to combine.

5. Increase oven to 350 degrees. Spoon dressing into a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish. Dot dressing with butter slices. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 to 15 minutes more. Serve warm.

Frequent contributor Kris Wetherbee writes and gardens in the hills of western Oregon.

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