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This is a family recipe (more method than recipe) for no frills, yummy cornbread stuffing from my grandma, who was a great cook. Take care to not put too much liquid in the dressing, but enough that it is moist. You can always add more liquid, but you can't take it out!
- Tear up bread into shreds or bite sized pieces and leave out to dry for a couple of hours while you make the cornbread and chop the onion and celery. Bake the cornbread (I often make a 9x13 pan the night before and we have some of it for dinner, saving the rest for the stuffing.) Put the bread into a very large bowl and crumble cornbread over the bread cubes. Sprinkle with sage, a little salt, and pepper, add parsley.
- Saute' the onion and celery in butter or oil until translucent. Mix this with 2 cups of the chicken broth, and whisk in the 2 eggs. Pour the sauteed vegetables, broth, and egg mixture over the "two breads" mixture and mix gently with your hands. Add more broth as needed until the mixture is well moistened, but not soggy. Taste for salt and sage amounts and add more if needed.
- Spoon stuffing into one very large or two medium greased casserole pan(s) or into the turkey cavity and bake until done (30-40 minutes) at whatever temperature you have everything else in the oven baking. Usually 350 is the best - watch that it doesn't dry out. You have to be flexible on Thanksgiving or whenever your oven is being used for other things!