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Best Southern Homestyle Cuisine

Southern homestyle cuisine is no doubt one of the tastiest types of homemade dishes out there. Luckily, it is easier to make than you think! With a comprehensive recipe and the right ingredients, you will be enjoying your own Southern homestyle cuisine in no time.

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to get your cornbread game on! If you’d like a Southern cornbread dressing this Thanksgiving or Christmas, here is one recipe you will enjoy.

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of self-rising cornmeal
  •  ¾ cup of buttermilk
  •  ½ cup of self-rising flour
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 3 crumbled pieces of toast or stale bread
  • 1 9×9 inch cornbread
  • 3 diced stalks of celery
  • 1 diced cup of onions
  • 1 diced cup of green or red bell peppers
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of turkey or chicken broth
  •  1 cooked chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 tsp of sage
  • 1 tsp of poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp of black pepper

Directions:

1.     Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.     To make your cornbread, whisk cornmeal and flour together in a bowl.

3.     Pour eggs, oil, and buttermilk into the mix.

4.     Stir the combination until it is well mixed. Be careful not to overwork the batter.

5.     Grease a 9×9 baking pan with oil or butter, and pour the batter inside it.

6.     Let it bake for about 25 minutes and then leave it to cool.

7.     When it is cool, break the cornbread and put the toast in the oven to dry. Once this is done, set it aside.

8.     Now make the dressing. Add the crumbled toast and the dried cornbread in a big bowl then set it aside.

9.     Take out a saucepan and add butter or olive oil. Then add the celery, green bell peppers, and onion and fry until tender.

10.   Pour the sautéed vegetables into the cornbread bowl.

11.   Also, shred the chicken and add it to the mixture.

12.   Stir it together until it is properly combined.

13.   Pour in the broth, a small quantity at a time until it is thick enough and a little soupy.

14.   Add the black pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning, and stir it together.

15.   Taste it to be certain the seasoning is the desired amount. If the seasoning is not enough, add some more.

16.   If you like the taste, you can proceed to stir the eggs.

17.   Butter a  x13 pan and pour the mixture into the pan.

18.   Bake it for about 45 minutes or until it is well baked.

Note that using day-old cornbread will give you the best result! Also, make sure you taste the mixture before adding your eggs, because if you don’t, you might have to make do with a lowly seasoned cornbread.

If you like sweeter cornbread, add a bit of natural Stevia sweetener packets by Stevita, or drizzle some local honey on top of the cornbread. If you like good food, you may also appreciate our top picks for the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines! Bon Appetit!

What Southern homestyle cuisine do you like to cook for the holidays?

Best Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, also called Cab, remains the best type of red wine for wine lovers. The cabernet grapes used to produce these wines are great picks for aging. They are also great on the buds, especially when paired with the perfect palettes.

To make finding the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines easier, we’ve reviewed top Cabernet Sauvignon options for your enjoyment. In this list, we’ve included not just old, popular Cabernets but also new Cabs to experiment with.

6 Best Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

2016 Château Ducru Beaucaillou

Though quite pricey at around $220 per bottle, 2016 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is easily one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines. It conveys density. It also has a complex structure, which sublimes its richness. The strength of the wine comes from its ripe fruit as well as its structure. This provides a wine with a long life span.

2015 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

The 2015 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron from Pauillac, France, which is currently unavailable for purchase, contains 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot. It easily makes it to the list of best Cabernet Sauvignon wines with its full, rich flavor. It offers summer berries with a mix of winter spices. This makes it great to be enjoyed all year long. Its velvety tannins fill it with a sensual texture and a long life span.

2013 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon

Originating from Napa Valley, California, 2013 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon, available at around $85 per bottle, is a combination of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot. The wine’s lineage and flavor profile are among the biggest wine trends at the moment. The cabernet offers strong black currant fruit and blackberries with a twinge of oak and espresso.

2016 DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Made in Paso Robles, California, 2016 DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, available for $54.99 per bottle, is a blend of 10% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 78% Cabernet Sauvignon. While Paso Robles might not be the most popular area for Cabernet production, the Cabernet Sauvignons made from the region are mature and intense. This wine, in particular, embodies all the lovable elements of Paso Cabernet. It is a highly extracted intense wine that offers complex flavors and aromas. The wine is made with cherry, black plum, mushroom, olive, cedar, spice, and cassis, which all contribute to its dramatic air.

2016 Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon originated from Coonawarra, which is the Australian version of Cabernets made from Napa Valley. The region is popular for its production of spectacular Cabernet. This particular Cabernet also comes at an affordable price of $17. It is a richly concentrate dark wine with tongue-coating tannins. Its flavor consists of cassis, blackberry, and curry spice. Despite its affordable price, its Phoenix serenades the tongue like a high priced wine.

2016 Robert Mondavi Cabernet

The 2016 Robert Mondavi Cabernet, available for around $41.99 per bottle, is another top Cabernet from Napa Valley, California. Unlike other top cabernet wines, which may be exciting and thrilling, this wine has a dependable quality. It is a wine you can expect to represent the Napa Valley Cabernet year after year. It’s made with the iconic Napa Stags Leap and Oakville grapes. It might not surprise you, but it will definitely please you with its full-bodied appeal with firm tannins, ripe fruit, and spice.  

What are your picks for the best Cabernet Sauvignon fine wines?