If you’re looking for a fun and sylish way to serve classic Southern corn bread dressing this Thanksgiving look no further. I developed this Bundt Pan Herbed Corn Bread Dressing to be featured on Parade’s Community Table and in the Thanksgiving issue of Relish magazine. I was tasked with writing a Thanksgiving buffet menu with serving tips and recipes keeping it super simple but classically delicious. I chose to feature this recipe for corn bread dressing made in a bundt pan for a fun visual twist that makes it seem new again. Serve it on a decorative cake stand drizzled with warm turkey gravy then stand back and enjoy the “oohs” and aaahs.”
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2-4 weeks in advance plan the venue, start time and menu then notify attendees. This will make it easier to consider travel arrangements and make adjustments as needed.
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Welcome guests to the event with refreshments. Have drinks and appetizers set-up near the entrance.
Have multiples of napkins, flatware and plates with the appropriate size of each set-up at each station.
Use cake stands and footed bowls to arrange food at different heights for visual appeal. Leave room for guests to set down their plates, when needed.
Utilize crock pots and chaffing dishes to keep food warm.
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Arrange desserts on a separate table to utilize the entire space and for easy movement.
Have baskets of warm bread and whipped butter along with salt and pepper shakers placed at the tables.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Bundt Pan Herbed Corn Bread Dressing
- ½ cup butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 rib celery finely chopped
- 8 cups cubed cornbread
- 4 cups cubed white bread left out overnight to dry
- 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 11-oz can condensed cream of celery soup
- 4 beaten eggs
- 1 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
- 1 Tbsp poultry seasoning
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Pour into a large bowl and add cornbread and white bread, chicken broth, condensed soup, eggs, parsley, sage, poultry seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Stir well. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest in pan 15 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter. Slice and serve with gravy.