Try Out This Cajun Inspired Recipe This Thanksgiving

Try Out This Cajun Inspired Recipe This Thanksgiving

Spice up your Thanksgiving table with this Cajun twist on a classic dish.

With Thanksgiving looming, it’s time to solidify your menu plans.  Want a fun way to change up the same old menu line-up?  Then try preparing this delicious cornbread dressing recipe.

Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients:

  • cooled cornbread, cut or broken into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 lb. andouille sausage (or another meat)
  • ½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken broth plus extra if needed
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions, pepper, and celery, and cook them until they start to soften.  Combine the cooked veggies with the cornbread, cooked and diced andouille sausage, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the first 2 cups of broth to the cornbread mixture. If the cornbread immediately soaks up all of the liquid, add a little more.  You want the bread to be saturated with a little left in the bottom that doesn’t get absorbed immediately to ensure it is moist enough.
  3. At this point, you can taste the mixture and add more seasonings as desired. Add melted butter if you want a richer flavor.  When the flavor is just right, mix in two slightly beaten eggs.
  4. Pour the dressing mixture into a greased baking pan. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan, and cover it with foil. Bake the dressing for about 30 minutes at 375°F, so it’s heated through.  Take off the foil, and bake the dressing for another 20 to 30 minutes to get a crisp, browned top.

This Cajun cornbread dressing is sure to add some much-needed interest to your Thanksgiving dinner.   Interested in trying some other Cajun foods and specialties?  Then make sure you mark your calendar for the next Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.  In the summer of 2019, Simi Valley will come alive with Cajun music and food, zydeco music, blues music, a Mardi Gras parade, zydeco dance lessons, and more!  To learn more about this exciting local event, contact Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.