· 1 C reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth, divided
· 1/4 tsp salt
· Freshly ground pepper, to taste
· 1/2 C apple cider, or apple juice
1. Prepare Wholesome Cornbread (click here for recipe).
2. When the cornbread has cooled, crumble into rough chunks (you should have about 6 C). Spread the chunks and crumbs out on a large baking sheet. Toast in the oven at 350°F, stirring occasionally, until crisp but not browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.
3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add celery; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
4. Add apples, golden raisins, garlic, sage and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
5. Add 1/2 C broth and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl.
6. Preheat oven to 350°F, Coat a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
7. Add the toasted cornbread to the apple mixture and toss to mix. Drizzle cider (or juice) and the remaining 1/2 C broth over the mixture and toss until evenly moistened.
8. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at until heated through, 35 to 45 minutes. For a crisp top, remove the foil for the last 15 minutes.
Fun Facts: It is not known when “stuffings” were 1st used, however the earliest documented evidence is a Roman cookbook in which stuffings were made of vegetables, herbs, nuts and, frequently, chopped organ meat. In the late 1800’s the Victorian English replaced the term with “dressing”. It is thought that the Pilgrims likely used herbs and nuts to stuff their birds. **Shhhhh - we'll not mention that to the fiddies!!**