Magical Cornbread Christmas Stuffing

Magical Cornbread Christmas Stuffing

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s almost time to start prepping your holiday meal. No Christmas meal would be complete without delicious stuffing and this year why not try making an old favorite. This simple recipe makes a delicious stuffing that is crispy on the outside but moist on the inside and bursting with flavor. This traditional cornbread stuffing will get you plenty of compliments, with your guests coming back for seconds.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 hot Italian sausages or 250 g of ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
  • 1/2 bunch fresh sage, leaves chopped
  • 4 large corn muffins
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup, chicken stock, plus more if needed
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the casings from the sausages. Alternatively, you can use some ground pork, but make sure to season it with some salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Cut the streaky bacon into strips about ½ inch wide
  • Brown the sausage meat or ground pork and the bacon strips in a non-stick pan with a little bit of oil. Cook, making sure to break up the meat into small pieces as its browns. Once browned remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the same pan, you made the sausage and bacon in, fry the carrots, celery, and onion. Make sure to stir regularly
  • Season the veg with salt, pepper, and some sage, cook for about 10 minutes until the veg turns soft. Once cooked set aside
  • Crumble the corn muffins into a large mixing bowl, making sure to avoid large pieces.
  • Add the eggs and half the chicken stock and stir.
  • Add the sausage meat or ground pork and veg and mix using your hands. If your stuffing is too dry, simply add more stock to the mixture.
  • Grease a baking dish with some olive oil and place the stuffing in the dish, using your clean hands to press it down
  • Bake for at least 45 minutes until the top is browned and crispy.

Pro tip: for serving size stuffing cups that are perfectly browned try placing your stuffing mixture in muffin tins instead of a larger baking dish

This stuffing is perfect with a Christmas turkey and the gentle sage flavor goes great with pork