If the smell of this aromatic, herby dressing doesn’t put you in the Thanksgiving spirit, the taste will. We love this rich, pecan-studded cornbread dressing flavored with fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary. The recipe can be made 1 day ahead; store covered in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
2 large eggs
2 cups whole buttermilk
3 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup salted butter (4 oz.)
3 cups chopped sweet onion (from 2 large onions)
2 cups chopped celery (from 6 stalks)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for topping
1 (14-oz.) pkg. herb-seasoned stuffing mix (such as Pepperidge Farm)
10 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
How to Make It
Prepare the Cornbread: Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine self-rising cornmeal mix and, if desired, sugar in a large bowl. Stir together eggs and buttermilk in a medium bowl; add to cornmeal mixture, stirring just until moistened.
Heat butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in preheated oven 5 minutes. Stir melted butter into batter. Pour batter into hot skillet.
Bake in preheated oven until cornbread is golden, about 25 minutes; cool in skillet 20 minutes. Remove from skillet to a wire rack, and cool completely, 20 to 30 more minutes. Crumble cornbread. Freeze in large heavy-duty ziplock plastic bag up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator.
Prepare the Dressing: Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high; add onion and celery, and cook, stirring often, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add sage, thyme, and rosemary, and cook, stirring often, 1 minute.
Stir together eggs in a very large bowl; stir in crumbled Cornbread, onion mixture, pecans, flat-leaf parsley, stuffing mix, chicken broth, black pepper, and kosher salt until blended.
Spoon mixture into 2 lightly greased 13- x 9-inch (3-quart) baking dishes. Cover and freeze up to 3 months, if desired; thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. (Uncover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.)
Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven until lightly browned and cooked through, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Garnish with additional chopped fresh parsley.