Friday, January 7, 2011

Cornbread, Sage Stuffing by Quay Lo and Quay Po

This dish was product of a joint effort from Quay Lo and Quay Po.

At its heart, this is southern (U.S.) style cornbread stuffing. Yet it starts with a classic mirepoix and just gets better from there, depending on your flair and your taste on the day you make it. It may be too late for this Christmas, how about keeping it for the next?

You will need a frying pan, a two quart covered casserole or a large loaf pan, a large mixing bowl and a baking pan for cornbread.



1 C corn meal
1 C plain flour
¼ C sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt

1/3 C vegetable oil
1 egg
1 C milk

Preheat oven to 200C or 400F. Grease 8 inches square pan. Combine (A).  Add (B). Pour blend into prepared pan.  Bake for 20 – 25 mins.


1 ½ cups (approx 340 grams) onions finely diced
¾ cups (170 grams) celery finely diced
¾ cups (170 grams) carrots finely diced
3 tablespoons (42 grams) butter
½ cup fresh sage, finely chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
3 tablespoons (50 grams) freshly chopped thyme
3 cups (450 grams) cornbread, broken into pieces
8 slices white sandwich bread, toasted to lightly brown, in an oven and allowed to dry. Break into crumbs (don’t just allow bread to air dry. Toasting is added caramelization for your recipe.)
¾ cup chopped chestnuts
1 cup (approx 130 grams) dried cranberries
1 large egg slightly beaten
1 cup chicken stock

After the cornbread and bread crumbs are made it is time to prepare the mirepoix. So called the “holy trinity” of French cooking, it is nothing more than a mix of the carrots, celery, and onion, sweated in the frying pan on medium-low heat, with the butter. Avoid browning the butter or the vegetables. By now, your kitchen will have all those wonderful smells of the mirepoix and you will understand why so many great French dishes start out this way.

In a large bowl add bread crumbs and corn bread crumbs, and toss together.

Add the parsley, sage, and thyme as well as the chestnuts and cranberries, tossing all until well distributed.

Add the mirepoix mixture with all of the butter and toss again.

Salt and pepper to taste

Add the egg until well distributed.

Just a bit at a time, add the chicken stock, just until the mixture can easily be shaped with a spoon into a ball.

Slightly oil the casserole and gently spoon and press the stuffing mixture into the dish.

Bake covered for 35 minutes

Note: I like to use loaf pans and double the recipe. I freeze the second loaf taking care to seal tightly with plastic wrap, and again with a layer of aluminum foil. May be kept in your freezer for up to six months and is wonderful to have on hand to accompany roasted chicken, pork chops, or ham.


  1. Unique bread and looks yummy, the stuffing really added great flavor to the bread, nice texture too..

  2. Great with some gravy! Happy New Year!

  3. lovely texture of the bread ! very good recipe !

  4. Looks delicious! If I don't make the full-blown stuffing, I'll definitely try the cornbread soon!

  5. Cornmeal bread and stuffing sounds delicious. I need to try them.

  6. Oh my, both look delicious! Especially the cornbread...I'll have to try that recipe with my husband's chili...
    looks delicious!

  7. I love corn and this bread looks scrumptious!

  8. I do love cornbread and I do love stuffing. I'm picture taking a slice and frying it like polenta!

  9. Treat and Trick and Priya,
    Yes it does. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  10. Maya,
    Yes you are right. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Yummychunlet, Swathi and Tracy,
    Don try the corn bread. It is so simple to make.. It is healthy and delicious.

  12. Thanks Katerina for your visit and take time to leave your comment. I appreciate it.

  13. Rhonda,
    That's a great idea! Have a great weekend.

  14. Oh this sounds so good right now. I love stuffing, especially when it is made with cornbread. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a weekend full of laughter with those that you love.

  15. This gorgeous cornbread would make a really wonderful lunch with some creamy cauliflower soup.

  16. Stuffing sounds amazing! I've tried corn bread a few times, but they were not as rich as yours. This one absolutely will be a winner for our Sunday picnics!

  17. Rhonda, I did exactly what you suggested to make a savory for an appetizer plate we prepared shortly after making the stuffing. It was very good indeed, fried in a small amount of butter and topped with a little sprinkling of coriander. Thanks for stopping by and your comments.


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