Corn Bread Dressing With Ham, Fennel, And Carrots Recipe

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Servings: 12


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  • 3/4 c. butter - (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 c. cubed (1/4") Black Forest ham - (8 ounce)
  • 4 c. minced onions
  • 3 c. minced fresh fennel bulbs - (from 3 med) fronds reserved
  • 2 c. minced peeled carrots
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry marjoram
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry thyme
  • 3/4 tsp dry sage
  • 3/4 tsp fennel seeds Roasted Red Pepper Corn Bread (see recipe), crumbled
  • 6 c. cubed (1/2") crustless French bread (from a 1-lb loaf)
  • 3 1/4 c. low-salt chicken broth more if needed Salt to taste Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste
  • 5 lrg Large eggs beaten to blend


  1. Heat butter in large pot over medium heat. Add in ham and saute/fry till browned, about 8 min. Using slotted spoon, transfer ham to extra-large bowl. Add in onions and next 6 ingredients to drippings in pot. Cover and cook till vegetables begin to brown, stirring often, about 15 min; add in to ham. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Reheat before continuing.)
  2. Stir all bread into ham mix; add in 3 1/4 c. broth. Season stuffing to taste with salt and pepper; fold in Large eggs.
  3. To bake stuffing in turkey: Loosely fill main cavity and neck cavity of turkey with stuffing. Add in sufficient broth to remaining stuffing to moisten slightly (1/4 c. to 3/4 c., depending on amount of remaining stuffing). Generously butter baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into prepared dish. Cover dish with buttered foil, buttered-side down. Bake stuffing in dish - alongside turkey or possibly while turkey is resting - till heated through, about 25 min. Uncover stuffing in dish. Bake till top of stuffing is slightly crisp and golden brown, about 15 min longer.
  4. To bake stuffing in dish: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter 15- by 10- by 2-inch glass baking dish. Add in sufficient extra broth to stuffing to moisten (3/4 c. to 1 1/4 c.). Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered-side down. Bake till heated through, about 40 min. Uncover and bake till top is slightly crisp and golden brown, about 20 min longer.
  5. This recipe yields 16 servings.
  6. Comments: Not your typical corn bread dressing, this one from Michael McLaughlin features smoky ham and sauteed fennel.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 182g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 174  
Calories from Fat 124 71%
Total Fat 14.1g 18%
Saturated Fat 8.08g 32%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 153mg 6%
Potassium 287mg 8%
Total Carbs 8.61g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2.0g 7%
Sugars 3.19g 2%
Protein 4.95g 8%
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