Cornbread is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables and for good reason. It literally defines the holiday. Cornbread is rooted, pun intended, to the crops of Native Americans who grounded maize and mixed it with water and salt. It was quickly embraced by European settlers and referred to as “Indian meal”. Today we dress it up with a myriad of ingredients: jalapeno peppers, corn kernels, onion, and herbs and spices. In its truest form, it is still a fairly basic recipe.
A perfectly roasted chicken breast stuffed with a homemade cornbread stuffing, fresh herbs, and a delectable bourbon glaze.
I haven’t made this dish for some time, but I knew when I was asked to come up with some recipes that used bourbon I had to include this wonderful bourbon glaze. A delicious glaze that turns simple chicken into an elegant dish great for entertaining. The chicken is tender, the juices drip through the stuffing adding another dimension to the stuffing and the glaze…OMG! The glaze gives it deep rich tones. Beware your eyes might roll back in your head as you savor every bite. YUM!
Okay, I know homemade cornbread stuffing seems like a lot of work when you can just go to the store and buy packaged, but the additional time pays off in taste and is time well worth it. Whenever I make cornbread I’ll make extra with this delicious stuffing in mind. I love using it in Stuffed Chicken or Dressed Out Pork Chops and it also makes a great side dish all on its own. This recipe is an explosion of fresh herbs, celery, and onion soaked into homemade cornbread.
Recipe One in the pulled pork series. It serves the sweet barbeque pork on a wonderful scallion-hoecake and is topped with a wasabi coleslaw. The corn in the cake enhances the sweet meat and the sweet barbeque sauce mellows the wasabi heat for a delicious blend of goodness.
Here’s a cornbread with some kick! I love to serve it with chili and Cajun dishes. A beautiful bread that holds together better than other cornbread that can be a bit on the crumbly side. You can make them in individual muffins using a muffin pan or a cast iron skillet as I am doing here.