Blanched Green Beans drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I have been making Martha Stewart’s Corn Bread stuffing since at least Thanksgiving 1988 and every year since. I have modified it only since I do not stuff it in the bird. This year my family insists that I make it again for Christmas dinner.
The day before making the stuffing, make the cornbread and soak raisins in the Cognac.
Check cornbread box for ingredients needed for making the cornbread mix.
- 1 box Trader Joes Cornbread Mix
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup Cognac
- 2 cups white onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 lb. ground pork sausage
- 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
- 1-1/2 cup tart apples, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 15 oz. jar of roasted chestnuts
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
Make the Traders Joes cornbread according to the directions on the box a day before making the stuffing. After cornbread has cooled, cut cornbread into 1 inch cubes and put in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap over night.
Soak raisins in Cognac the night before making the stuffing.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Butter a 13" X 9" X2" baking dish
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic; sauté for about 5 minutes and then add sausage and shallots. Cook until the sausage is brown about 10 minutes. Add the apples and celery, continue to cook for about 10 minutes. Drain mixture.
Combine the raisin mixture, sausage mixture and all the remaining ingredients except the eggs and chicken broth. Stir gently to combine.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and chicken broth together and add to stuffing mixture. Gently stir to combine.
Transfer stuffing to prepared baking dish. Cover with buttered foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for another 30 minutes or until golden brown.