Are you ready to get stuffed like a turkey with the best gluten free southern cornbread stuffing?
This cornbread stuffing, or as Southerners call it…dressing, is a version of my grandmother’s beloved recipe. The main difference is that my grandmother added a few crumbled biscuits to the mix, which is what I’ve grown up with and devoured every Thanksgiving.
This year I decided to make a stuffing/dressing that was an all cornbread base so that it was gluten free. My brother found out he had a pretty bad wheat allergy a few years ago, so I always make sure there are plenty of GF options for him at Thanksgiving.
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The best way to make stuffing is to make the base ingredients yourself. You certainly can buy pre-made cornbread at the store, but sometimes you can’t control if it’s on the sweeter side. Sweet cornbread in this recipe is a NO-NO✋!
It takes just a few minutes to put the cornbread together and it’s best made at least two days in advance so it can dry out. The cornbread needs to be dry so it can absorb plenty of butter, onions, celery, and broth. You could also make the cornbread up to a month in advance and freeze it. Just be sure to thaw it out two-three days in advance.
HOW TO DRY OUT CORNBREAD FAST
If you are making this stuffing on the day of your gathering, break up the pieces of cornbread and spread on a sheet pan. Place in a 350 degrees oven for 5-7 minutes or until the surface feels dry. Let cool before adding celery, onions, and broth.
Once you are ready to put your stuffing together, start by sautéing butter, onions, celery, fresh sage, rosemary, and parsley on medium heat until softened…mmmm. The aroma is just heavenly!
Now measure 4 and 1/2 cups of cornbread that has been crumbled somewhat or diced into equal sized portions. I prefer to crumble myself, but a dice is nice too. Now add the butter, onion, and celery mixture along with one egg about 4 cups of chicken or turkey broth.
If you have any turkey drippings, now would be a good time to steal some from the turkey pan and add it to the batter!
You want your mixture to look nice and moist as shown below. If you don’t add enough liquid, your stuffing will be sad and dry. If the liquid isn’t absorbing immediately, give it a couple of minutes to absorb the liquid, then add the rest and let it absorb again if needed.
Now add your mixture to a buttered casserole dish and drizzle more melted butter on top to create a nice crispy crust!
Bake at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes or until nice and golden brown.
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GF Southern Cornbread Stuffing
For the cornbread
- 4 1/2 cups cups cornmeal
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 480 grams
- 1/2 cup grapeseed or canola oil 54 grams
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp salt 11 grams
For the dressing
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 cup onions diced
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp fresh sage finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
- 1 stick butter plus more for brushing
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth
- 1/2 cup turkey drippings optional
- 1 tsp salt
For the cornbread:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk until combined.
Mix the 4 eggs until combined, then add the buttermilk and oil and stir until incorporated.
Bake in a greased muffin pan until golden brown about 15 minutes or until the cornbread springs back when pressed.
The cornbread muffins need to dry out for about 1-2 days for best results. You can make the muffins up to one month in advance and individually wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in the freezer. Make sure to thaw them for 1-2 days to dry out before making the stuffing.
For the stuffing:
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and sauté the onions, celery, and fresh herbs until the onions are softened and translucent, about 5-8 minutes.
Meanwhile in a large bowl, crumble with your hands or dice the cornbread into equal-sized portions.
Let the onions, celery, and butter mixture cool a bit, then add to the cornbread.
Add the salt, egg, then the chicken or turkey broth, and turkey drippings if you are using them. Stir until combined.
Place in a buttered casserole dish and drizzle more melted butter on top to help form a nice crunchy crust.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes or until it's nice and golden brown on top.
Bon Appetit Ya’ll,