Fran's Eggplant Cornbread Dressing

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    eggplant, peeled, cubed, and cooked until soft
  • 2
    cups cornbread, cooked and crumbled to coarse crumbs
  • 12
    cup butter, softened
  • 1 12
    cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 1
    (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
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DIRECTIONS

  • Grease a 2 quart casserole dish and set aside.
  • Microwave eggplant until soft. Perhaps 6 minutes. When done, mash to a pulp.
  • Fry the onion in a little butter until soft and translucent.
  • Crumble the cornbread into coarse crumbs.
  • Combine eggplant, onion, butter and cornbread.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until the casserole is "set:" in the middle. ("Set" means a knife inserted in the middle of the casserole comes out clean, but not so well done that the casserole is dry.).
  • This is a very forgiving recipe. Instead of measuring out 2 cups of cornbread crumbs, I usually just crumble up an 8x8 pan of fresh cornbread. You want the mixture to be wet enough to wet all the cornbread crumbs, but not so wet that it won't "set up." If it seems a little dry before baking, add just a little chicken broth or water.
  • I have also used yellow squash or zucchini in place of the eggplant. The prep time can be reduced by using frozen onions in place of fresh. Also, I am just really slow at prep!
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