November 18, 2010
What would Thanksgiving be without the stuffing? Thankgving is the one time of year that you can indulge in a carb-apalooza with no guilt the next day, and stuffing is the carbohydrate gold standard. For most kids (mine included) who would subsist on bread if given the choice, holiday stuffing is probably their favorite dish of the day! At least that’s how I felt when I was little.
My Grandmother always made cornbread stuffing and oyster dressing for our family’s holiday celebration. I vividly remember how we kids would all line up in the kitchen, placing heaps of the stuffing on our plates while the adults dug into my Grandfather’s favorite, the oyster dressing (another name for stuffing). To this day, the thought of oyster dressing makes me want to gag, which is why in comparison I'm sure I put the cornbread stuffing of my youth on such a culinary pedestal.
I've updated my Grandmother’s basic recipe here by tossing in some cranberries for added color, taste and texture -- and also because my kids just plain love ‘em. Don't drive yourself crazy if you don't have time to make homemade cornbread, any decent boxed variety or store-bought kind will do. For this recipe, it’s all about the stuffing!