This healthy cornbread stuffing recipe is a favorite, thanks to the flavor from herbs, shallots, celery and apples. For perfect texture--a little soft, a little crispy--bake the cornbread at least a day ahead. To save time, you can use 12 cups (about 2 pounds) of crumbled day-old store-bought cornbread.

Mary Cleaver
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Ingredients

Cornbread

Stuffing

Directions

  • To prepare cornbread: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • Whisk cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, milk, eggs, egg whites, melted butter and oil in a medium bowl until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.

  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. If time allows, let stand, uncovered at room temperature, before preparing the stuffing.

  • To prepare stuffing: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery, shallots and apples; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, crumble cornbread into medium pieces in a large bowl.

  • Add sage and thyme to the pan; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Scrape the mixture into the bowl and toss to combine with the cornbread.

  • Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter. Add to the stuffing mixture along broth, parsley, Old Bay, salt and pepper. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil.

  • Bake the stuffing for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until lightly brown, 20 to 25 minutes more.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare cornbread (Steps 1-3) up to 2 days ahead; store uncovered at room temperature. Or wrap airtight and freeze for up to 3 months. Prepare stuffing through Step 8, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes be

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; 15.8 g total fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 487 mg sodium. 32 g carbohydrates; 5.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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