Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Craisins #SundaySupper

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 32 comments

in Chorizo, Family Foodie Recipes, Holidays, Portuguese Recipes, Side Dish, Sunday Supper

It is so true that life is a journey.  As I write this post, I can’t help but reflect on how much my life has changed over the past two years.  I chuckle a bit as I continue to be amazed as to how this all has happened and come about.  Although it all began with a post the day after my daughter left for college, a tiny seed had been planted back in 2007.  The library tends to be my happy place, and after spending the afternoon going through cookbooks, I realized that I didn’t connect to many of the recipes.   They didn’t speak to me and inspire me to spend time in the kitchen with my family.

That evening I sat in our family room and wrote down all the ideas that I had for a cookbook and a website that would go along with it. And so the story began.  Well, not quite… there was another business opportunity that came about and bumps, curves and detours. But, like a weed that you just can’t get rid of, that tiny little seed continued to creep up on me reminding me that it had no intentions of going away.  And so the day after my daughter left for college, I wrote that first post about pancakes and who could ever have imagined the world that was out there waiting for me?

This week’s Sunday Supper is all about being thankful and we are sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Recipes with you.  Our host is Paula, from Vintage Kitchen and she is joining us all the way from Buenos Aires.  Paula has been part of the Sunday Supper Team for a long time and I love learning about her culture through her recipes.

I am thankful for so many things in my life but I am most thankful that my life didn’t go as planned.  I am thankful that life threw me a curve ball because it was at that point that I found my passion. I am thankful that I wake up every day and thank God that I have been given the opportunity to grow a business that I love and that makes a difference in the lives of others.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for our Sunday Supper Family and all the lives that we touch through the Sunday Supper Movement .

Stuffing with Chorizo and Craisins #SundaySupper I have become a little obsessed with the combination of Chorizo and Craisins.  This Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Craisins was inspired by three of my favorite recipes.  Emeril’s Chorizo Stuffing, my friend Charles makes the best Easy Corn Bread Casserole and last week’s Stuffed Acorn Squash with Chorizo and Craisins.  When you are looking for a softer, sweet and savory stuffing recipe, this one is a winner.

Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Craisins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Portuguese or hard (not fresh Mexican) chorizo, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread, homemade or store bought
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (low-sodium store-bought is fine)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 green onion, chopped to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and cook the chorizo, until it begins to brown and is crispy, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the onion, celery and garlic to the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have browned, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the crumbled cornbread and gradually pour in enough of the stock so the stuffing is not too dry but at the same time not too wet.
  5. Add the craisin and stir gently and well.
  6. Butter a small casserole dish. Spread the stuffing in an even layer. Bake until it's heated through and lightly browned on top, about 20 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with the green onions.
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FIRST COURSE / APPETIZERS

SAVORY BREADS + STUFFING

MAIN DISHES

SIDE DISHES

DESSERTS + SWEET BREADS

All American Wine Pairing Guide for Being Thankful #SundaySupper from Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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Nichole C November 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

I’m glad your life didn’t go as planned, either. It’s funny and great how things work out! I’m making my first cornbread stuffing today, using bacon. But next time I may have to try chorizo! My husband loves it.

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Renee November 24, 2013 at 7:48 am

I’m thankful your life took the turn and you started the Sunday Supper Movement. What a great two years it has been and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
And you stuffing… I could eat this as a meal all by itself. Gorgeous photos too.

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Joy Harris November 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

This year I have kept putting off buying the ingredients for the Thanksgiving dressing, everything else is in it’s place. Traditional Cornbread Dressing is my husbands favorite and I am so looking forward to serving both this year; one with the chorizo and craisins and one plain. Thanks for sharing.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen November 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

Holy Cow I’ll bet this is a super flavorful! I love to experiment with stuffing ingredients (tradition doesn’t stand a chance in my kitchen, LOL) and your stuffing sounds (and looks) like a real winner. I’m glad life threw you a curve ball and you’re able to follow your true passion. Funny how that works, right? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes November 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

You put chorizo on everything, my kind of food! And the hard ones are extremely popular here as a bite before the meal or barbecue. Love this stuffing Isabel! And so happy to be hosting today, in spite of the glitches!

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom November 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

Amazing recipe, pictures and person…so glad you started the #SundaySupper movement! By the way, I had to laugh because I’ve stocked up on Craisins since they were bogo this week at Publix, just so I could experiment with all the great recipes I’m seeing this week!

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Martin D. Redmond November 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

Over the years, I’ve settled on my favorite stuffing being made with sausage. But I’ve never considered chorizo (which I prefer to Italian sausage). I bet that makes it even better. And I bet that savory/sweet combo is killer! Pinning!

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Tara November 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

I could be a little obsessed with chorizo and craisins too!! This looks so delicious!! Thanks for sharing a great recipe with us!!

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Stacy November 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

What a pretty dish, Isabel! So often dressings or stuffings look very beige and unappealing to me but yours studded with chorizo and craisins makes me want to dig right in. Delicious!

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Bea November 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

I cannot believe that it has only been two years, Isabel. What you have started is amazing and I am thankful that you started Sunday Supper. Life is so exciting with all the sides streets, curveballs and all :)

Stuffing with chorizo and craisins? Yes, please this sounds amazing!!! Thank you so much, Isabel and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

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Katy November 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

I can’t tell you how thankful I am you wrote that first post and started the Sunday Supper Movement! Life has a funny way of working, sometimes.

This dish looks absolutely beautiful – chorizo and craisins is as wonderful combination!

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Cheryl November 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

Sounds yummy and different. I’m so grateful for you and the #SundaySupper movement too! HUGS!

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Constance @FoodieArmyWife November 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This is such a beautiful dish. I’m thankful for this great group as well, and so glad you sent me that DM on twitter on April 26th, 2012! :)

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Shaina November 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Sometimes its when things go wrong, that they end up becoming very, very right. I’m so happy and thankful to be a part of the Sunday Supper family – thank YOU for starting this amazing group! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious November 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

You are going to single-handedly get me to try Portugese chorizo!

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Nicole November 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Chorizo! I always love every recipe you share with it, but what kicks this one up a notch is your obsession lately with Craisins. Love it!
Two things I am most thankful for this year… your never ending friendship and support and encouragement… (yes I know that’s three but they all pertain to you), yes I am thankful for YOU. I’m also incredibly thankful for the Sunday Supper Movement Crew and all that it stands for, all the friendships I have made, and all the opportunities for growth…
Happy Thanksgiving my sweet, amazing friend!

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The Ninja Baker November 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Many of us are grateful to you, Isabel, for your generosity and allowing us to share this #SundaySupper journey with you. You are an inspiration. And your cornbread with craisins and chorizo is inspired, too!

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Hezzi-D November 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving! Love that you added cranberries as well.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood November 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

That is such a beautiful sentiment, Isabel, and one I need to remember when I’m in the midst of one of those “curveballs.” This stuffing is gorgeous!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) November 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Yum…in Texas, cornbread dressing is how we roll! This one looks like it has so much great flavor!! Love it…

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom November 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I love this post Isabel! :) Isn’t it amazing how things like this happen? I too am so thankful for the Sunday Supper family and YOU! I really do hope we meet . . let me know if you are ever in Madison again. . and in the meantime, I will start saving so I can attend the conference next year!! Pinned this cornbread stuffing. . it looks so delicious!

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons November 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I totally agree, and am also thankful my life didn’t go as planned. I’d be unhappily working in advertising right now and that makes me sad to even think about. Cheers to curveballs that change our lives for the better!

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Betsy @ Desserts Required November 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I have to remember this recipe next year when I am cooking Thanksgiving! It looks delicious.

I may not always enjoy the bumps when they are happening, but I know that each one points me in the direction I am meant to be going.

Isabel, I am thankful you came into my life. Your conference was a changing point for me.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere November 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

As hard as the choice is, I think I would have to say stuffing is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I am totally keeping my eyes peeled for chorizo so we can make this!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Oh Isabel! Your stuffing looks soooooooooo good!!!! I love, love, love it!! You have to love how in life can throw curve balls and for good reasons. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, there is always good hidden behind it!

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Julie @ Texan New Yorker November 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

What a beautifully written post! I’m so happy to be part of the Sunday Supper family. I can really identify with you, too, as my life has also thrown me some major curve balls; when I began my career as an attorney years ago, I hardly envisioned having a food blog, and no longer having a law license!

Thanks!

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Holly November 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

This stuffing looks wonderful! You have a great collection of recipes and bloggers on Sunday Supper and I look forward to enjoying it in the year ahead.

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Susan November 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I think we are all grateful you took that turn and wrote your first post Isabel! This stuffing is so gorgeous, I love the color of it and of course I bet it tastes incredible too.

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Liz November 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Mmmmm….I think I’m in love with the craisin and chorizo combo, too! SO glad you took this new path in life a few years ago. You’ve brought many new friends and delicious food into my life over these past couple years. Thank you!!!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked November 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Isabel, you deserve every amazing, wonderful thing that is happening in your life because you, lady, are amazing and wonderful. You’ve worked hard for all of it. I’ve told you this many times but only because it’s true: meeting you and becoming a part of Sunday Supper has changed my life for the better. I’m so glad you took that step and published your first blog post. Look how it’s grown! I’m in awe of you. And I’m loving this stuffing – it’s full of everything I adore. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) November 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Amazing. Even though we’re not a cornbread stuffing family yours looks incredible!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings November 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

It is so true that you never know what waits for you around the corner. Sometimes you just need to make the turn and find out.

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