Grandmother’s Southern Dressing with Country Sausage and Turkey Gizzards
One of my grandmother’s most notable dishes is Southern dressing. It is on the table at every Thanksgiving, and it is packed with flavor. This is the TRUE Southern dressing way, using turkey gizzards and all to take the dish to another level! I also like adding fresh herbs to round out all the ingredients used.
For the cornbread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch-square casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk and eggs in another large bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the cornmeal mixture and whisk until just combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and bake until golden and firm to the touch, about 40 minutes. Makes 10 cups.
For the dressing: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Put the onions, celery and bell peppers in a food processor. Add the gizzards and process until the mixture is very finely minced but not mushy.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable and gizzards mixture and the country sausage and cook, breaking up the sausage into small pieces with a wooden spoon and seasoning with salt halfway through, until the sausage is browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Transfer the sausage mixture to a large bowl and add the cornbread, melted butter, garlic powder and dried Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste and gently combine with a rubber spatula. Whisk together the milk and eggs in a small bowl and pour over the cornbread mixture. Add the chicken stock and stir to combine. Stir in the parsley and sage.
Spread the mixture into the prepared casserole dish, pressing the mixture lightly until packed. Bake until slightly golden and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately with hot sauce if desired.