The holiday season is in full swing and we’ve made it over one holiday hump (see ya next year, Thanksgiving!) but the season is far from over…which is great news for my tummy and tastebuds! One of the sides I always look forward to during the holidays is the classic cornbread dressing.
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My grandmother usually takes the reins every holiday and makes her version, a savory dressing filled with crumbled pork sausage and pulled meat from turkey necks. She’s made it nearly every year for as long as I can remember, so, of course a wave of nostalgia rolls over me every time I eat it!
This year, with some notes from my OG (outstanding Grandmother!), I decided to try my own version of cornbread dressing. I wanted to change it up a little, so I went with a smoky sausage instead of her usual ground pork and turkey necks. When it comes to smoked sausage, Rabideaux’s is where it’s at! I was introduced to this smoky sausage by my father-in-law a few years back and it’s been my go-to every since.
This smoked sausage dressing pulls all the flavors that I love from my grandmothers dressing; crumbly cornbread, sautéed onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic and the flavor that really brings it all together…the earthy spices in poultry seasoning. If you’re looking for all the flavors of Thanksgiving in one spot, look no further! Poultry seasoning is a great mix of thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, black pepper & nutmeg and will instantly infuse the perfect holiday flavor into the dressing.
My grandmother’s version is still my favorite, but this savory smoked sausage dressing is definitely going in the rotation! Not only is it great for the holidays, but it would make a great addition to a breakfast spread if you’re trying to feed a crowd. What are some of your favorite twists on the classic holiday dishes??