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Cornbread and Sausage Dressing ala Jodi Lea Stewart


Jodi Lea Stewart's Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing

Jodi Lea Stewart’s Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing

  • 1 or 2 rolls sage pork sausage
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 4 stalks celery including leaves, chopped or sliced
  • 2-4 Tbls. rubbed sage
  • Lg. pan or skillet of baked cornbread*
  • Chicken stock*
  • Black pepper, to taste

Optional Ingredients

  • Black olives, sliced
  • Water chestnuts, drained and sliced
  • 4 boiled eggs, sliced or small chunks
  • 2 small cans drained button or sliced mushrooms, or equivalent of fresh raw mushrooms sliced thin

Bake a large pan of cornbread ahead of time. Remove from pan or skillet and cool. Store in sealed plastic bags until ready to use. Brown the sausage. When almost done, add chopped onion and celery. Continue cooking until sausage is cooked through. Drain and blot well. In a large bowl, crumble cornbread. Add sage, black pepper and any optional ingredients (black olives, mushrooms, water chestnuts) except boiled eggs. Add chicken stock and mix with hands until moist. Add egg pieces and mix again. Turn out into a buttered, 9 x 13-inch cake pan.

Before baking, add ½ cup chicken broth to the top if you want your dressing moist. Bake 30-45 minutes in a moderate oven. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t over bake and dry out. Glass pans bake faster.

*Comment:  Sweet cornbread doesn’t go well with this recipe.

**Comment:  I boil giblets in plenty of water and use the broth, reserving some for the gravy. Alternatively, boil legs, breast or any chicken parts with skin to make a good broth. I supplement with Swanson’s chicken cooking stock.

Comment:  I use any or all of the optional ingredients if I have them on hand.

Comment:  This is *basically* the dressing my mom always made. You’re going to love it!

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If you like Sassy, Danger and Mystery, you'll love my any-age novels. Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT and Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: CANYON OF DOOM are available at your nearest Barnes & Noble Bookseller, on this website, Amazon, B&N.com and more. For your convenience, it’s also available on Kindlethe Nook and most other eBook readers.

Book Three of the Silki trilogy, VALLEY OF SHADOWS, launches fall 2016. Here's a quick synopsis:

Bummed that yet another summer has passed all too quickly, Silki and her best friend Birdie head out for one last hurrah at the Navajo Nation Fair. When the fun is overshadowed by the theft of a famous horse, Silki is plunged into a baffling adventure teeming with international undercurrents and intrigue. What’s more, boy-crazy Birdie is fluttering her eyelashes at Silki’s good-looking, visiting cousin at every turn, and Rez legend Old Man Concho is coughing up secrets dating back to 1942. What possible connection could he have to the Japanese tourists, and will Silki discover an ancient truth about the Valley of Shadows in time to save Lava, the leader of the Ghost Herd, as well as salvage her own broken heart?

Meet my CANYON OF DOOM AND VALLEY OF SHADOWS illustrator, the Drawing Hands.

Jodi Lea Stewart was born in Texas and grew up in Apache County on a cattle ranch near Concho, Arizona. She left the University of Arizona in Tucson to move to San Francisco, where she learned about peace, love and exactly what she didn't want to do with her life. Since then, Jodi graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Management, raised two children, worked as an electro-mechanical drafter, penned humor columns for a college periodical, wrote regional western articles and served as managing editor of a Fortune company newsletter. She currently resides in Texas and New Mexico with her husband, two Standard poodles, two rescue cats and numerous gigantic, bossy houseplants. SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT is Jodi's debut novel and Book One of the Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves trilogy. CANYON OF DOOM came next, and VALLEY OF SHADOWS hits the shelves summer of 2016, completing this exciting and fun adventure-mystery set in the Navajo Nation. Next on the horizon? A historical mystery novel set in the 1930s told through the eyes of a sharecropper's daughter.