Let me start with the simple fact that any stuffing or dressing that I would serve my family along with a Roasted Turkey needs to have some type of sausage meat in the recipe. This rule was served hard and fast by my niece many years ago. Allow me to quote her very words, ” don’t mess around with the stuffing Aunt Mare”! So when I was messing around in the kitchen working on a new dressing recipe, two things were clear, the recipe had to be so good that the family could accept a new version of one of their favorite dishes and the recipe needed to include sausage meat. I choose a wonderful soft chorizo to breakdown and fry up for this dressing. I brought a prepared cornbread to save time, toasted it in the oven and this was the base. Next it was matter of adding some of my favorite flavors together, including fresh corn and sage. This dressing was a big hit with my family including my niece. I predict this will be a big hit for your Thanksgiving as well.
From by the bay, wishing you yummy sausage dressing food memories!
Chorizo and Cornbread Dressing
6 cups stale cornbread, cut into 1/2” cubes and toasted
1 pound soft chorizo meat, remove casings
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large celery stalks, chopped
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
2 cups fresh corn kernels ( or 1 10 ounce bag frozen corn kernels)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1/8 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
To make dressing place a large skillet on medium heat and cook chorizo, crumbling the meat with a fork until fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and place into a large mixing bowl. Add butter to the same skillet, melt butter and then add the celery and onion. Saute ingredients together until softened about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and corn, cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the herbs and cook another minute. Remove from heat and add to the bowl with the cooked chorizo meat. Add the bread cubes and chicken stock to the bowl. Mix the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. The dressing can be made up to this point one day in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Place dressing into a lightly buttered baking dish. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.