Earlier this week when I published my post Tried and True Turkey Day Sides, I included sweet potatoes you can make in a slow cooker. With my wall ovens full of other things, it sure is helpful to cook something in a crock pot.
I wondered if I could cook my grandmother’s cornbread dressing recipe in my slow cooker. Yesterday, it was time for a test run.
If you’ve made cornbread dressing before, you know the first step is to cook a pan of cornbread. (Or, in my case, a casserole dish.)
While that’s cooking, chop onion and celery and crumble dried bread. (I dry mine in the toaster oven on very low heat.)
Add all the other ingredients, along with the pan of cornbread, crumbled, and stir well.
Transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
It turned out nice and moist. I can hardly wait to pour gravy over it!
It only takes about 30 minutes to bake in the oven, so cooking in the slow cooker is purely a matter of saving oven space. Here’s the recipe for you to print.
Be sure to see my Perfect Turkey Gravy My Way to enjoy over this cornbread dressing.
- Cornbread: 2 cups self-rising cornmeal, 2 eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil.
- Cornbread, crumbled
- 3 slices stale bread, crumbled
- 1 large diced onion
- 3 ribs celery, diced
- 1 cup milk
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon sage
- salt and pepper to taste
- In medium-sized bowl, mix cornbread dressing ingredients. Pour into vegetable oil prepared dish. Bake cornbread in 400-degree oven for 20 minutes, cool, and crumble.
- Add all other ingredients with crumbled cornbread and mix well.
- To bake dressing, pour into 9" x 13" x 2" casserole dish sprayed with vegetable oil spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- (To cook in slow cooker, spray with veg. oil spray and pour dressing mixture into slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours.)
I included directions for cooking in the slow cooker and the oven, so you can choose the way you’d like to make the dressing.
We had a discussion in a restaurant last weekend about stuffing. Northern Nephew asked if we are having stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. I informed him that we call it dressing…that we don’t stuff anything into a turkey here in the south.
At a table near us, they overheard our conversation and chimed in, “Yes! We don’t do stuffing. We make dressing!”
I had to apologize to Northern Nephew. I may have been a little forceful. After all, does it really matter what he calls it? Poor fellow, he didn’t know we southerners are so touchy about those things!
So, I’d really like to know. Do you call it stuffing or dressing?
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.