Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Cornbread Sausage Stuffing


Chef Ray Dawson, the International Culinary Center's Director of Culinary Operations, shares his recipe for Cornbread Sausage Stuffing that he makes for his family over the holidays. Watch him in action: 


CORNBREAD SAUSAGE STUFFING  

Yield: 12 Servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 large onion, ciseler
  • 4 ribs celery, small dice
  • 3 medium carrots, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1lb sweet Italian sausage meat, casings removed
  • 10 cups stale cornbread, cut into ½” cubes
  • 3 -4 cups chicken stock
  • 10 sage leaves chiffonade
  • ¼ bu thyme leaves roughly chopped
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2tbsp butter
Procedure:
1. Preheat an oven to 375˚F.
2. Coat a large sauté pan with olive oil over medium high flame.  When the oil is hot add the sausage meat and break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon.  Sauté the meat until it begins to turn golden brown.
3. Add the onions, celery, carrots and garlic to the pan and sauté the vegetables until tender and very aromatic. 
4. Add the cornbread and mix everything well.
5. In small increments begin to add the chicken stock until the desired consistency is achieved.  For a looser stuffing add more stock for a dryer stuffing add less.
6. Season the stuffing to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Fold in the sage and thyme leaves.
7. Place the stuffing in an oven proof casserole dish and dot the top with the butter.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on top and the sides are bubbling.
8. Garnish the top with additional sage chiffonade.

Happy Holidays from the International Culinary Center!

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