Thursday, November 21, 2013

#Thanksgiving Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing @LucyBurdette


Hurray for Thanksgiving week on the MLK blog, where we share some of our favorite holiday recipes. I called stuffing!

I was interviewed for a podcast earlier this month--after hearing about my books and food and Key West, the interviewer wanted to know what kind of food I loved the most. I was a little torn--would it be disappointing to hear from a culinary mystery writer that her favorite dish is something children love?? In the end, I told the truth: I almost always order macaroni and cheese when I see it on a menu.

All that to say, that you won't be surprised to hear about my favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipe either, featuring cornbread and sausage. I've made oyster stuffing--it was special and fantastic, but this is my preference--and no one turns their nose up at it!

1 pound bulk sausage, crumbled and fried
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 sticks celery, chopped fine
4 tablespoons butter
1 recipe cornbread, crumbled (make this a day ahead)

2-3 cups cubed whole grain bread, stale is good!
8 oz mushrooms, chopped

Chicken broth 

Cook the sausage until well done, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Drain the sausage well on a plate covered with paper towels. Wipe the frying pan clean and melt the butter. 

Add onions and celery and sauté several minutes until soft. If you have some fresh sage leaves, you may cut those into slivers and add them at the end.


Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until they give up their liquid. (I used baby bella for a little more color and flavor.)


 Now crumble the cornbread and mix it with the cubed bread. Use any recipe you like for the cornbread--I often cook something like chili a night or two before Thanksgiving and then steal a couple squares to have with it.

Mix everything together and turn this into a buttered dish. Moisten with chicken broth until you reach the consistency you prefer. I no longer stuff the turkey itself--I bake this for 30 minutes at 350, once the turkey comes out of the over and while I'm making gravy.  

And happy Thanksgiving everyone! May your holiday be chock full of friends, family, and amazing food! xoxo Lucy

And here's some breaking news: I have one galley copy of Murder with Ganache to give to one of our wonderful MLK readers. Here's the way to enter the drawing: Share this post, using Pinterest or Twitter or Facebook or ???, then let me know in a comment that you've shared it. That's it! Good luck!

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. MURDER WITH GANACHE will be out in February, but you can pre-order it now.

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  1. Lucy, I love that your favorite food is Mac and Cheese! : ) This sound fabulous! I've used bacon in my stuffing for years, but I might have to try this instead.


    1. We should do a post on that--admitting to our favorite foods:). And the bacon stuffing sounds wonderful!!

  2. I shared on Facebook and Pinterest. The recipes here always sounds so good! Now I have to go find something to eat...

  3. I liked and shared a link about your newest on facebook, Lucy, and I'd love to win a copy. The series is a great beach read at any time of year. Good luck with the new release.

  4. I share your (all of you) posts on Facebook. It's fun to share such great ideas.
    Just the use of the word "ganache" makes my mouth water!

  5. I shared the love and the carolies!

  6. thanks so much Zaida, Libby, EB, and Elaine! xoxo Lucy

  7. Thanks for this, Lucy. The cornbread stuffing sounds wonderful--how could it not be with sausage and mushrooms? We're always rich in cornbread around Thanksgiving so I think we'll give this stuffing a try.

    ~ Cleo

    1. thanks Cleo! Hope you like it:)--with cornbread and sausage, it won't be hard!

    2. Just shared on facebook -- but you don't have to enter me in the contest. I'll be buying the book in Feb! XOXO - Cleo

  8. Pinned it:
    would LOVE to win it!!!

  9. I shared it on my Facebook page! Thanks for the opportunity -- I'm always looking for new books!

  10. Love the cornbread in the stuffing- that's my favorite too. I shared on Twitter!

  11. I shared on Facebook.

  12. Lucy, love the recipe! Wow. So flavorful and pretty. And I, too, adore mac and cheese. Gluten-free of course. But yes, one of my favorites. Meatloaf, too. :) Ah, the simple pleasures.

    Daryl / Avery

  13. I shared on Facebook and tried to give you some titles on the other site. I could never get the code right. Here they are- Murder at the Key Lime Cookie Exchange and A Lethal Family Feast at sunset.

  14. Shared on FB! Love your books -- and recipes!

  15. Sounds delish. This will be the first year I'm not cooking the stuffing inside the turkey. Can't wait to read the book! Sharing on FB.

  16. shared on my FB wall:

    thank you for the giveaway!!!! & the yummy recipe!!!!