This recipe has grown a few strapping boys and delighted even the pickiest gal in the bunch. Our home is always full to overflowing on Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the one recipe that is a "must" even if we don't do turkey. This has evolved over the years to try to hit everyone's preferences. It evolved from my mother's own recipe. This tastes good as is or will serve well with southern creamed gravy or turkey gravy.
Place stick of butter in bottom of roasting pan and place in oven to melt it (This will allow the cornbread to"fry" while it's baking).
Mix up corn bread mix according to package instructions (Usually, this will be the addition of 2/3 cups sweet milk and 1 egg per package of mix.) (Cornbread can be baked ahead, which I usually do the night before).
When done, use a knife and score through the cornbread to make very small cubes.
2Brown sausage in dutch oven.
Add onions, celery and mushrooms and the other half stick of butter if you need more oil.
Saute til sausage is done and onion is translucent.
Add about 3 cups of cornbread and the sage and let brown a bit.
Add rest of cornbread and stir well.
Turn dressing from dutch oven into the roaster pan.
Drizzle with chicken broth til nice and moist (This is a personal taste thing.
Bake at 350 for about an hour or until golden brown.
(I don't salt during cooking. Just place salt and pepper shakers on the table for those who want more than what's already there).