Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crock Pot Dressing

Today, with the thoughts of Thanksgiving in the air, I am going to share a recipe with you that my family loves. It is my aunt's recipe for "Crock Pot Dressing."

I know; I know. You are probably saying, "Crock Pot Dressing? No one cooks dressing in a crock pot!" But I promise you, once you taste this delicious dressing, you will be saying, "I always cook my dressing in the crock pot! Don't you?" ;)

I'm just saying is all.

It's really, really, really delicious! It's also very, very, very simple, and it frees your oven up on Thanksgiving to cook other dishes.

So, if you would like, come join me in my kitchen as I show you how to make my aunt's famous "Crock Pot Dressing."

Here is a picture of everything I used to make this recipe. (With the exception of the onion. I forgot to take a picture of the onion, so you will just have to trust me on this one.)

The first thing that I did to get this recipe started was to make a skillet of cornbread using the two packages of sweet cornbread mix that you saw in the first picture. You, of course, can make any kind of cornbread you like, these mixes just work well for me. You just need to make sure you have a skillet full.

Then I put the cornbread into this large mixing bowl and crumbled it all up using this metal spatula. You can just use your hands if you like, but my cornbread was still kind of hot, so I didn't want to touch it.

Next I added four (well beaten) eggs. (Please just ignore my Barney measuring bowls in this post. Thanks.)

Then I added one stick of melted margarine. (Again, please just ignore the Barney bowl.)

Now it was time for me to add one medium sized onion that I had chopped.


(If you do not have one medium sized onion, you could use two small onions instead.)

The next ingredients that I poured into the mixture were two cans of Cream of Chicken soup.

Followed by two cans of Chicken Broth.

Now it was time for me to add all of the spices. My aunt says to use exact measurements on the spices to get the perfect flavor. And since I am rule follower, I always use the exact measurements when I make this recipe.

The first spice that I added was 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.

Then I added 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

The third spice that I added was 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning.

And last, but certainly not the least of the spices, I added 2 teaspoons of sage.

Now it was time to mix all of the ingredients together. Like so.

Once everything was well mixed, I added 3 cups of shredded chicken breast. I had cooked several chicken breasts a few days before and froze them in separate baggies. (Just a little note, one time I made this recipe using two cans of chicken, and that worked well too.)

Now it was time to mix all of that chicken in with the rest of the ingredients.

Stir it until it looks like this.

Now it is time to pour it into the crock pot. (I lightly sprayed the crock pot with non-stick cooking spray, just to keep any of the dressing from sticking to the sides of the dish.)

Once you get it all in the crock pot, just put the lid on and turn the crock pot on "High" for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes you take the lid off of the crock pot and stir it all around.

Then place the lid back on the crock pot and continue cooking on "Low" for 4 hours. It should look something like this.

After it is finished cooking, all you have left to do is spoon some of that deliciousness up on a beautiful dish. (Preferably a beautiful dish that was handmade in Positano, Italy.) Like so.

Then take a bite.


Close your eyes.

Chew very slowly.



Open your eyes.


Here is the recipe in my messy handwriting if you would like to print it. (Sorry about my penmanship, Mom!)

Please feel free to just ignore the part of the recipe that says "Do this for blog!" That was just a reminder for me to share this recipe with the tens of you that read this blog. ;)

And just like chicken and dressing made the "regular" way, this crock pot dressing is even better the next day.

Anyway, I hope that you will give this a try. I promise, it is delicious!

Happy Holiday Cooking!
God Bless,


Sharon said...

OOOOOH myyy this looks wonderful! I love crock pot recipes. I will give this a whirl. The picture of when its done is beautiful. And you are so right it's hard getting everything into the oven at one time. I remember one time trying to stack in the oven to get the rolls done.
Thanks for sharing this Amy, it looks like a meal by it self.
Blessings :)

Weeksie50 said...

Oh, I think this looks super yummy. I love dressing..

I hope your mailman comes today..
I hope you don't know him off the porch when he brings your package..

Anonymous said...

SUCH a good idea!!!!!! Your recipe is VERY close to mine~only I add hot sauce & no poultry seasoning (oh & I add celery seed to all of my chicken dishes.

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

That looks really really really really good! Yum! I love stuffing. I will definitely be making this SOON! Thanks for sharing!

valerie said...

I made dressing one time and it was so much trouble and so "iffy." I thought it turned out pretty good, but my husband's family didn't really brag all that much so I thought it's really not worth doing again. ;)

My sister & my mom always make the dressing for our family Thanksgiving lunch and it's delicious. BUT...this sounds YUMMY and I WILL be trying it. I believe you that it's easy and good. My kind of recipe...plus I need to utilize my crock pot more.

And, I will be printing off your recipe from the legal pad. ;)

Thanks Amy....I always look forward to your blog each morning.


Michele said...

It looks so yummy! You know I had never heard it called dressing until a few years ago. Here in NJ we call it stuffing. I find it so interesting different word usage in different areas.
I love my crockpot and use it frequently. Have you seen this site? I check it daily. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
Thanks for sharing! YUMMMMMM!!


Megan said...

Oh my. this looks amazing! But I don't feel brave enough to try it yet. Maybe I will send this recipe to my grandma and tell her to cook it for Thanksgiving! I'm just not brave in the kitchen yet! Thanks for sharing though!

Mia said...

YOU are an answer to prayer gal!! I am not a whiz in the kitchen. I have to admit stuffing comes out a box at my house!! LOL! But THIS is the answer cause I AM pretty good at the crockpot.
Thank you so much I have been looking for an uncomplicated stuffing recipe!!!

Karen - Mommy to four sweeties said...

That looks good. I am going to try it. Maybe for dinner tonight. Thanks!

I can't ignore your Barney bowls. He's so cute. Three of my four kids loved barney when they were younger.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Stuffing is my favorite! I've done it in the crockpot before and I love it...your recipe looks delicious!

Cheffie-Mom said...

YUMMY! Thanks! Have you checked out my recipe section yet? Might give you some ideas for Thanksgiving! (:

Kelly said...

I had this at a friend's house a few years back and loved it!
I asked her for the recipe but never got it.....thanks for sharing! I'm definately making it!

Happy Thanksgiving to me!!!!!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Sounds delish. I love anything with sweet corn bread in it. Wonder if a fella could omit the chicken add oysters? I personally have never made oyster dressing but my mom makes some good. I can close my eyes and eat them but would eat them if I had to prepare them.

Great idea for freeing up the oven.

With the chicken this would be just like eating a full meal casserole.

Liz said...

For the first time in my married life... I feel there's hope for me... I might be able to join the throngs of women who make dressing for the holidays! Thanks Amy!

Gina said...

My mil always cooks stuffing in a crock pot and it is YUMMY! Yours looks really good too. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

God bless,

Gwendolyn said...

I am so excited! I have actually never made dressing before in my life, but this looks like something that I can actually do (I am cooking challenged, if I have never mentioned it. LOL)

Kenny said...

This just makes me wish Thanksgiving was this Thur. Bonnie introduced me this the Crock pot dressing several years ago and it is good. Not mom's, but still good.

Smiling Shelly said...

Don’t think I’ll be making this recipe any time soon as I don’t like the main ingredient (cornbread) also, you know how I feel about them there onions. BLECH! (I almost threw up a little in my mouth)But….if I were to like all of those yucky things, this would be the recipe for me! :)

PS. I would HAVE to follow it using the Barney bowl, though. I somehow don't think it will be the same without it. HA!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I think this looks really good....it is actually making me hungry right now!!

I am printing this one out....I will let you know when I make it:)


Crystal said...

This is such a great idea! I've been trying to remember to use my crockpot more often and this looks like a great recipe to try in it. Thanks :-)

Dianne said...

This looks delicious, now its my turn ask, what is dressing? Here dressing is salad dressing the sauce you put on salad, so what is dressing there, like a cassarole?

And yes, robots are traffic lights, were you sassing me with
taht question? I thought we had had this discussion. I thought you called them robots too sometimes.

Oh well, this looks delicious anyway, I'll try it! YUMMO!

diane said...

Blogging around the world is a fun way to learn about other cultures. I didn't know what you were cooking as we don't use the term dressing either, we do have stuffing. But we put it inside the chicken or turkey we don't just eat a plate of it. I'm not familiar with corn bread either but I have heard of it.
I've never heard of traffic lights being called robots either.
Learn something everyday

HRosebud said...

I just wanted to say THANKS! I stumbled upon your wonderful recipe when I googled for "crockpot dressing" the other day and made it today for our office holiday potluck. Everyone LOVED it! Have been sent the link to your post out to several co-workers. Enjoyed looking at many of your other posts while I was here... I'm sorry you stopped blogging.
Take care,
Heather (Houston, TX)

Brandi Miller said...

Would there be any caution in preparing this the night before up to pouring in crockpot?

Amy said...

Brandi, I have never done that myself, but I really don't see that it would be a problem at all.
Merry Christmas,