In Texas We Call it Dressing

In Texas We Call it Dressing


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This has become my most asked for side dish at any holiday meal.

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Time needed

1.5 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

25 servings


  • 1 boiled chicken, de-boned, broth reserved
  • 8 C. cornbread, crumbled. (after it is baked, I let it sit out all night- it just seems to do better)
  • 4 pieces toast, crumbled
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped, (sometimes I use 1/2 green and 1/2 red, for the color)
  • 1 stalk of celery chopped, including leaves
  • 1 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 lg. Gala or Granny Smith apple, grated, not peeled
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, take out the seeds and chop very fine, adjust the amount of jalapeno depending on your taste
  • about 6 C. of chicken stock (add as much as you want to make it the consistency your family likes)
  • 6 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 6 raw eggs, beaten
  • 1 sm. jar diced pimentos
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 Tbs. sage
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Boil the chicken with half of all the veggies; don't add the jalapenos, pimentos or the apple. De-bone the chicken, strain the veggies, and set aside Crumble the corn bread and toast in a very large bowl (I usually use a roast pan.) Put the stick of margarine in a skillet and allow it to melt. After it has melted, add the remainder of the veggies, except the pimentos. Don't add the apple. Stir the vegetables so they don't burn- you want them to be cooked but not soft. Add the chicken to the cornbread mixture.  Add the veggies, both the ones that were boiled with the chicken and the ones you just sauteed. Add the chopped jalapeno, the apple, the pimento, the boiled eggs, and the raw eggs to the cornbread mixture. Add enough chicken stock/broth so it will be the way you like it. I add about 6 cups stock. Stuff the turkey or cover with foil and bake about 1-1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. This can be done the day before and kept at a great temperature in a crockpot for your special day! If it is too dry, don't be afraid to add more stock. Remember, you can always add more stock- you can't take any out!

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