Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Two posts in one week?! Well it is the week of eating so, we wanted to bring you as many tasty recipes as possible to get ready for the big day.

So technically this is dressing and not stuffing because my future father in law will probably be stuffing the bird with aromatics but let’s be real, whatever you call this dish is just semantics. IT’S FREAKING TASTY, is all that matters. This dish reminds me of my mom (& uncle). Mom and I both adore when there is sausage in stuffing or dressing. We are also big fans of cornbread, so this is a family favorite. My uncle typically made his stuffing with white bread but one year to mix it up he did cornbread and it was epic. So in reverence to my late uncle and his impeccable cooking skills I am going to attempt to replicate his yummy side for my future in laws.

  • 1 lb. sausage (I did it with chorizo to give it a spicy flair)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh rosemary
  • ½ tbsp. of fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves smashed/minced garlic
  • 2 cups or 3-4 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups of chicken or turkey broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • S&P to taste
  • 1 family size pan of cornbread (So think like 2 jiffy boxes worth, made in advance & don’t use the sweet/honey cornbread)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Crumble the cornbread into a large bowl and set aside while you brown the meat. Drain the fat before adding sausage to cornbread bowl. Sauté the onions, celery, garlic, and butter until semi-translucent. In another bowl whisk together the broth, cream of chicken soup, herbs, and s&p. Pour into cornbread, sausage, and veggie mixture and stir together gently.

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray or grease with butter and spoon mixture into pan. Bake uncovered for 25-35 minutes or until browned & heated through.

Happy Eating, XO.

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Takeout Timeout

Guys, who doesn’t love some Sunday night lo mein or kung pao chicken. However, after eating like crap all weekend or spending too much money going out it may be best to just cook your Chinese take out staple at home. It is a lot healthier and tends to be more wallet friendly as well. I hooked up some stir fry and fried rice for the boyfriend and I last weekend, it was tre yum. Check out the fried rice recipe below and see if you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • 1/2 cup mirepoix mix (pre diced celery, onions, & carrots. You can obviously do this yourself but its just more time away from laying on the couch and watching football).
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste (I would add at the end only because soy sauce, even the low sodium stuff is pretty salty tasting so you don’t want to over season).
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger paste (if you don’t have garlic or ginger paste, the powder would work too)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sambal oelek (it’s an Asian chili oil but a few squirts of siriacha would do if you didn’t have any)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • 1 tbsp. butter (I add it just at the end, before serving. It melts into the rice and adds a nice soft texture to the dish, but feel free to leave out).

Heat the oil on high in pan or wok, while cooking the veggies, paste & spices. Don’t add the rice or soy sauce just yet. Cook till translucent/tender. Then crack the two eggs into the hot oil, veggie, spice mixture. Start scrambling, this is when you add the rice to incorporate everything together. Lower heat and stir in the chili oil & soy sauce.

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It came out so legit, I didn’t even miss having a post meal fortune cookie. I may permanently be on a time out from my take out spot.

Happy Eating, XO.

Fall Corn Chowder

By now you probably have more corn than you know what to do with. So rather than eating ANOTHER corn on the cob (seriously, my floss is running low…) put it into some chowder. This steamy dish is perfect for those cooler nights. And if you have leftovers, freeze it in some Tupperware for a middle-of-the-winter treat.

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, cubed (add in 1 additional for a heartier meal)
  • 5 ears of corn (or 2 12oz cans)
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper

Toss all of the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Easiest. Recipe. Ever.

Corn Chowder - damndelish2

Happy Eating, XO.

Football Food

I am having everyone over next week for the kick off of Football Season! Also happens to be a Steeler game, how convenient! Anyway, I was making my list of usual suspects on what I wanted to serve during the game – I had my pumpkin muffins, pizza rolls, and a few others on the list of what to buy at the store when I realized I needed a few more hearty items to serve outside of the dips and snack foods I normally make. That’s when I got down to the buffalo chicken meatballs. Easy and filling. After all, this is hardly the time to eat the fruits and salads we have been noshing on all summer. You don’t feel guilty because its ground chicken, but you are also not starving by half time. GOOO PITTSBURGH!!

Meatballs:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup of the mirepoix mix I use in the meatloaf recipe too. (just finely diced celery and onions is fine also, I’m just lazy)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (Again adjust to your taste preference)
Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of hot sauce (Frank’s or Cholula work best)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. dry ranch seasoning

In a medium sauce pot, combine the chicken bone broth, hot sauce, and ranch seasoning (place on the stove for later use). Mix together the ground chicken, veggies, and spices until combined. Form into meatballs (approximately 20 small meatballs). Heat 1-2 tbsp. of oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Sear the meatballs for 6-8 minutes, turning the meatballs for an even sear. While the meatballs are searing, bring the hot sauce mixture to a boil and allow to cook until it has reduced by half and thickened (about 6-8 minutes) Add the sauce to the meatballs after they have been seared and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.

I am making these next week for the party so keep an eye out on our Instagram page (@damndelish) to see how they turn out!

Happy Eating, XO.

Chicken Soup (for the Soul)

Cold season is in full swing around our neighborhood. People are coming down with it quicker than you can sneeze. My husband happened to bring it home last week and by the end of the week I had caught it too. I can honestly say in all the time we’ve been together we’ve never been sick at the same time. Who was supposed to take care of who?!

Well, as a die hard foodie (and both of us being too sick to go to the store), I stepped up to the bowl (haha?) and made us some homemade chicken soup, for the soul. (Because you can’t say chicken soup without thinking “…for the soul”). Now guys, if I can make this soup while wrapped in a snuggie, you know it’s easy.

  • 1 box of chicken stock or chicken broth (if you want to know the difference btwn the two, check this out. I used chicken stock for this recipe as I like the bolder flavor.)
  • 2 diced chicken breasts
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 leek
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 piece of celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tbsps of parsley
  • 1 tbsp of dill
  • 1 bag of egg noodles or 2 bags of rice (I prefer rice, but either works)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the chicken in the skillet until slightly brown. Be sure not to over do it it as it’ll continue to cook once added in later with the vegetables. Once done, plate the chicken and cover with foil to keep it warm.

Dice all of the vegetables and spices and place in the skillet you cooked the chicken in. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Let the vegetables cook for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Add in the chicken and let sit for a couple of minutes to soak in the soup. Get well soon!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Happy Eating, XO.