Cajun/Creole, Holiday, Seafood, Thanksgiving

Seafood Cornbread Dressing

Welcome, flavor enthusiasts! AB here, and today, we’re embarking on a culinary journey that promises to whisk you away to the coastal comforts of flavor heaven—Seafood Cornbread Dressing. Picture a dish that marries the rich, comforting embrace of cornbread with a symphony of oceanic delights. This Seafood Cornbread Dressing is not just a recipe; it’s a celebration of coastal culinary mastery that’ll make waves at your dining table.

So, why should you dive into the world of Seafood Cornbread Dressing? Well, my friends, this dish is the epitome of indulgence and innovation. It takes the classic cornbread dressing and elevates it to an extraordinary level by infusing it with the bounty of the sea. With a blend of succulent shrimp, lump crab meat, crawfish tails, and briny oysters, each bite promises a harmonious dance of textures and flavors that’ll leave your taste buds singing.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked/Day Old Cornbread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green peppers
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage (5 leaves if using fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon Chef Thai all-purpose Cajun seasoning or any seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups shrimp broth (vegetable or any broth can be used)
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz lump crab meat
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb crawfish tail meat
  • 8 oz can baby clams
  • 3 – 8 oz oysters, minced
  • 1 tablespoon gumbo file

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepare the Cornbread:

  • Start by gathering your cooked or day-old cornbread. If you don’t have any, whip up a batch and allow it to cool before crumbling.

2. Sauté Aromatics:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions, celery, green peppers, and minced garlic until they’re beautifully softened.

3. Seasoning Mix:

  • Add ground sage, Cajun seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to let those flavors mingle.

4. Creamy Base:

  • Introduce the cream of chicken soup, lending the dressing a rich and velvety texture.

5. Broth Infusion:

  • Pour in the shrimp broth and clam juice, adjusting the consistency with broth as needed.

6. Bind with Eggs:

  • Gradually incorporate the beaten eggs into the dressing, providing that perfect binding element.

7. Seafood Ensemble:

  • Gently fold in the star-studded cast of lump crab meat, raw shrimp, crawfish tail meat, baby clams, and minced oysters.

8. Gumbo File Touch:

  • Sprinkle in the gumbo file, bringing an extra layer of depth to the ensemble.

9. Bake to Perfection:

  • Transfer this flavor-packed mixture into a generously greased baking dish.
  • Bake at 350°F (175°C) for approximately 45-50 minutes or until the top achieves a golden-brown perfection and the center sets.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Use day-old cornbread for enhanced texture.
  • Fresh seafood is key; it elevates the overall taste.
  • Adjust Cajun seasoning based on spice preferences.
  • Allow the dressing to cool slightly before serving for optimal flavor.

Variations:

  1. Spicy Kick: Add extra cayenne pepper for a fiery twist.
  2. Cheese Lover’s Dream: Sprinkle shredded cheddar or parmesan on top before baking.
  3. Herb-Infused: Mix in fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for added freshness.
  4. Smoky Sensation: Introduce a hint of smoked paprika for a robust smokiness.

What to Serve it With:

  1. Creole Tomato Salad
  2. Garlic Butter Asparagus
  3. Buttermilk Biscuits
  4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  5. Collard Greens with Bacon
  6. Lemon Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  7. Southern-Style Green Beans
  8. Honey Butter Cornbread Muffins
  9. Cajun Roasted Potatoes
  10. Lemon Herb Grilled Shrimp

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Seafood Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Use cooked or day-old cornbread. If not already prepared, bake and crumble the cornbread in advance.

  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions, celery, green peppers, and garlic until softened.

  3. Add ground sage, Cajun seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.

  4. Stir in cream of chicken soup for a rich, creamy texture.

  5. Pour in shrimp broth and clam juice. Adjust consistency with broth as needed.

  6. Gradually mix beaten eggs into the dressing for binding.

  7. Gently fold in lump crab meat, raw shrimp, crawfish tail meat, baby clams, and minced oysters.

  8. Sprinkle gumbo file for that extra depth of flavor.

  9. Transfer the mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and set.

  10. Allow it to cool slightly before serving.
    Dive into a delightful seafood cornbread dressing that brings a taste of the ocean to your holiday table!

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