Gluten Free Cornbread and Bacon Stuffing
- 1 package Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix, prepared according to directions
- 8 slices bacon
- 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1½ cups chopped mushrooms
- ¾ cup chopped onion
- 1½ cups gluten free bread cubes (see notes below)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- One 16 ounce box Pacific Natural Foods Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (or similar)
- 2 cups chicken broth (gluten free)
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut cornbread into cubes and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, just until cubes are are little bit toasted. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees F.
- In a large skillet, sauté bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside to cool and drain on paper towels. Remove all but 3 tablespoons of bacon drippings and discard. Add celery, mushrooms and onion to the pan. Sauté vegetables in the bacon drippings until they become tender (5 to 6 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.
- Place toasted cornbread cubes and bread cubes in a large bowl. Add sauteed vegetables. Crumble bacon on top. Add sage and gently mix it all together. Add salt and pepper, as desired.
- In a medium saucepan mix soup and broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. Pour over the stuffing mixture (a little at a time) and stir well. You may or may not need all of the liquid. The texture of the stuffing should be damp, but not soggy. Spoon into a well greased 13x9" dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until well heated-throughout and crispy on top.
- You can use any sort of GF cornbread mix. I used the Bob's Red Mill brand and thought it was excellent.
- For GF bread cubes, Whole Foods sells a fabulous GF Sage Stuffing Mix around Thanksgiving. That's what I used. You can certainly use any GF bread, and just toast it up in the oven yourself (perhaps tossed in a little butter, salt, pepper and dried sage).
- The creamy butternut squash soup by Pacific Natural Foods is the brand that I used. Use any brand and/or experiment with other types of creamy soups like cream of mushroom.
- If you don't have a need for this stuffing be gluten free, feel free to substitute with other ingredients.