Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Battle of the Dressings...

Every year my husband and I argue about it... Which reigns supreme....bread dressing... or cornbread dressing??? I grew up in the south... and as a result my family always made cornbread dressing. We never stuffed the bird with it... My mom made it in a corning ware dish on the side. You can see it there on the table... It is next to the my Nana's fruit salad (which just means fruit covered with Cool-Whip). Bread dressing is alright... but it just isn't Thanksgiving without my mom's cornbread dressing. In my heart it is as sacred as stealing olives from the relish tray and eating seconds (and sometimes thirds) of both dinner and dessert.

My husband's family makes bread stuffing. They make some on the side (vegetarian style for my sister-in-law)... but they also stuff the bird with some of it. It tastes good... and I've had it many times... but when push comes to shove I'm a cornbread gal all the way. I could probably dig up his family recipe for stuffing... but this is my story and so I'll stick to what I know. Here is my mom's recipe for dressing... along with my Nana's fruit salad recipe:

Mom’s Cornbread Dressing

On Thanksgiving my family serves cornbread dressing. Here is my mother’s recipe vegetarian style:

Bake about 3-6oz packages of cornbread according to instructions. Crumble cornbread into a casserole dish. Brown 1 ½ cups each of onions and celery. Add to the corn bread along with some green onions for color. Add 3t. poultry seasoning (this is a spice not a broth so it is vegetarian) and 1 ½ t. pepper. Add about 3 slices of wheat toast breadcrumbs. Moisten this mixture with 3-4 c. of vegetable broth and 3 eggs. Bake at "turkey temperature" until the top is golden, but it is still moist.

Nana’s Fruit Salad

When I was a kid my Nana used to let me help make fruit salad. We would usually start by opening a can of fruit cocktail. The we would add a few odds and ins such as mandarin oranges, apples, bananas and extra grapes (there were never enough grapes in fruit cocktail)...And finally we would take a few scoops of cool whip and stir it in.

1 can of fruit cocktail
1 can mandarin oranges
Cool Whip

Mix all ingredients. Chill.


  1. i like both, but i come from yankee stock, so bread stuffing (both in the turkey and cooked until crunchy on the side) is the winner in my book. it's been fun reading all your thanksgiving posts! happy turkey day and good luck with it all!

  2. by the way--gail looks adorable in that photo!

  3. Happy Turkey Day to you too Dina! I hope you don't have too much travel on your plate this year... It is always nice to enjoy a full belly on the couch rather than on the road.

  4. Hello from a new follower who has come via the Hump day Blog. I loved the title of your blog. we aren't arguing this year about food for Christmas (alas no Thanksgiving here) we're just not celebrating it...Hubby's decision. We're going to skulk in rural france with a glass of wine and whatever we find atthe local market....at least we won't fall out. Nice to meet you.

  5. I am totally with you. Bread dressing is gross. Cornbread dressing all the way :)



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