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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cornbread Stuffing "Cajun Style"

What's It Wednesday #144
This is a staple for our Thanksgiving table and I wanted to share it with you. Having grown up on the Mississippi-Louisiana line I grew up with the best of both worlds. Good old Southern fare like hot biscuits and fried chicken with a side of collard greens and pecan pie for dessert.

But Thanksgiving was spent in New Orleans at my Aunt Jessie Mae's house. She and Uncle Bill sure knew how to "throw down" in the kitchen. There was always a big pot of gumbo and a roasting pan of delicious cornbread stuffing.

The addition of the sauted shrimp and cayenne pepper gave it just the right kick!

I learned to make this from my mom who NEVER measured anything, I don't either, but I've given it my best.

Cornbread Stuffing with Shrimp
1 large onion
chopped fine
1 large bell pepper
4 stalks of celery
1 bunch green onions

2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix
(follow directions for baking)
You can make it from scratch if you like, but this gives a great flavor.

Tip: Add a little oil to pan and heat in the oven until hot. Adding the cornbread mix to the hot grease gives it a nice crispy crust.

2 large boxes of Swanson’s chicken stock

Seasonings: to taste
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper

1 pound shrimp

6 eggs

¼ stick butter

1 bag Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing
The herbs give an amazing flavor
Crumble the cooled cornbread into a large roasting pan with the stuffing mix. Add the chicken stock and 6 eggs. Set aside in a large skillet add some oil and sauté the vegetables until tender. Add to the cornbread mixture and season to taste. Finally heat about 1/4 stick of butter and sauté the shrimp just until pink. Add to the mixture. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or to desired consistency.

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