With Thanksgiving only a few days away, many of us are thinking of the good food we’ll eat-planning menus-and scheduling what time we’ll eat with which side of the family. In other words-most of us have much to be thankful for.
Last year, I talked a little about how folks come to expect you to bring certain dishes-how we almost become famous for the dishes we make. I look forward to Uncle Charles’s peanut butter fudge the entire year-knowing I’ll be able to eat some come Christmas at the Pressleys.
My favorite foods I associate with Thanksgiving are-my own oatmeal rolls-Granny’s pumpkin pie-and The Deer Hunter’s cornbread dressing.
Actually, Miss Cindy’s father-Curtis, deserves the credit for The Deer Hunter’s cornbread dressing. Curtis was a good cook and liked to make up his own recipes-he then handed them down to Miss Cindy-who in turn handed them to The Deer Hunter.
The Deer Hunter and Miss Cindy are the “till it looks right” or “till it feels right” kind of cooks. Me-I’d rather have a recipe to follow. I did my best to get the cornbread dressing recipe out of The Deer Hunter-here’s what he said:
- crumble half a cake of cornbread and 6 pieces of toast into a large bowl or pot
- add 8 or 9 chopped boiled eggs
- add 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
- add 4 chopped stalks of celery
- add 1 stick of melted butter
- add salt, pepper, and sage to taste
- add 2 to 3 tablespoons of mustard
- add chicken stock to the dressing-as you begin to mix it with your hands
- he usually adds almost a pint of stock-but he said add enough to where it feels right-the consistency should be a little wet so the dressing doesn’t dry out
- pat the dressing into a pan-he uses a 13X9-and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees
- he says to not over cook the dressing-cause in reality-it’s all already cooked-you just need to warm it through and allow all the flavors to marry (he likes it better raw-so does his Aunt Wanda-and Miss Cindy)
- you can add chopped turkey, chicken, or even oysters to the dressing if you want
Do you have cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving? Is it similar to The Deer Hunter’s? What dishes are a must for Thanksgiving at your house?