When I was growing up, as far back as I can remember, Meme made this dressing at Thanksgiving and Christmas in her big, old turkey roaster. It looked like enough to feed Cox’s army, but we always managed to eat it all! Dressing takes a little practice, to get the seasonings and the texture just right, which is why Meme’s was so good – she’d had a lot of practice!
1Prepare cornbread mix according to directions and bake on a large cookie sheet. Allow to cool and dry out (best to prepare the day before).
2In very large mixing bowl, crumble cornbread into small pieces.
3In large saucepan, boil celery and onions in three cans of chicken broth, until tender. Add sage, sugar, salt and pepper to liquid. Allow to cool, then pour broth over cornbread and mix well.
4Peel and chop the boiled eggs and add to the cornbread mixture; mix again. If mixture is dry, add more broth, one can at a time, until mixture is almost “soupy”.
5Taste dressing and add more sage, sugar, salt & pepper, as needed, until it tastes “right”.
6Pour mixture into a greased roasting pan and cover with foil. Use a large enough pan that mixture is no more than about two inches deep in the pan, in order to cook well. Bake dressing at 350 degrees for an hour.
7Remove foil and bake another 15 – 30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of pan comes out clean. DO NOT OVERCOOK or dressing will be too dry.