Cajun Meat and Cornbread Dressing

One of my go-to’s when it comes to holidays is the Cajun Meat and Cornbread Dressing. It was a recipe that my Grandmother-in-law created and has now been passed down to my family. This is an extremely easy yet delicious recipe that anybody can make. Give this recipe a try and you will not be disappointed!

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Preparing the Ingredients

Recipe ingredients

First, go ahead and cook your cornbread and have it ready for all the other ingredients once they are cooked.

Cooked Cornbread

The next step is to go ahead and cook all the other ingredients.

Brown your ground meat and drain off fat in a colander.

Browning the Ground Meat

Put the drained ground meat back into the pan. Add the Seasoning mix (onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and parsley) and cook until it begins to soften.

Cooking Ground Meat with Guidry’s Seasoning mix.
Guidry’s Seasoning Mix

Add in the Louisiana Crawfish tails and cook for 10 minutes.

All ingredients cooking (except cornbread)

Critically important is to use Louisiana crawfish tails. If it’s not, is probably from China and the taste is absolutely horrible, so stick with Louisiana crawfish tails.

Louisiana Crawfish Tails

Once that’s cooked for 10 minutes, transfer everything to a large bowl.

Transferring to a large bowl.

Next, we will crumble all the cornbread into the bowl and mix well.

Crumbling cornbread into bowl

Add up to 1/2 cup of chicken broth to ensure the mixture is not too dry as it will dry out while cooking.

Adding in a little chicken broth

Finally, add the mixture into aluminum pans or other casserole dish to cook in the over.

Transferring the dressing to the aluminum trays

Cooking the Final Product

Cook the dressing for 20 – 40 minutes at 375 F. You want no liquid pooled up on the top and the top gets browned.

Cooking the dressing.
Final product

Cajun Meat and Cornbread Dressing

My Grandmother-in-law, Nita Rivoire Davis, of Breaux Bridge, LA, and my Mother-in-law, Gwen Davis Crouch, of Gramercy, LA, have been making this incredible dish over the Christmas holidays since I came into their family back in the 1980's. Every time I make this dish, it reminds me of the many great holidays spent with family which is most important to us. I am so thankful that I got to learn from some excellent Cajun cooks and can share this recipe with you.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Cajun

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. Ground Meat
  • 2 lbs. Savoie's Meat Dressing Mix Richard's Meat Dressing works as well.
  • 1 lb. "Louisiana" crawfish tails
  • 1 pack Cornbread mix, regular
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  • 2 containers Guidry's Fresh Cuts Creole Seasoning Blend Alternative is to use 4 medium white onions – diced, 2 bell peppers – diced, 2 stalks celery – diced, 4 glove garlic minced, 4 stems of green onions sliced, 1/2 cup parsley – finely chopped.

Instructions
 

  • Bake cornbread according to directions.
  • Brown ground meat. Place in colander to drain. Add back to pan.
  • Add vegetables and cook until soft.
  • Add dressing mix and crawfish.
  • Cook on medium-high for 10 minutes while stirring.
  • Pour ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Crumble cornbread over mixture in bowl.
  • Add up to 1/2 cup chicken broth. Amount of chicken broth may vary. You want just enough to keep dressing from drying out while cooking.
  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Spray inside of large pyrex dish or other dish used while olive oil or other no-stick spray.
  • Transfer mixture to dish.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 – 40 minutes at 375 degrees oven.
  • Remove from oven when liquid is no longer pooled on surface and top is browned.
Keyword Cornbread, Dressing, Holiday meal

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