Southern Cornbread Dressing (Stuffing) – gluten-free and vegan

Southern Cornbread Dressing (Stuffing) – gluten-free and vegan

Any Southerner looking at the title would be puzzled. You see, ‘vegan’ and ‘southern’ are rarely seen in the same sentence. Not unless one is speaking of raw ingredients – say, a tomato salad. And even this may have a mayonnaisey dressing on it, or at least some chopped hardboiled eggs. Southerners like to provide added value to any dish. A sprinkle of parsley at the very least. But more likely a glistening pat of Land O Lakes butter. We just can’t help ourselves.Like a lot of Americans, Southerners love their meat, but Southerners, more than in any other area (in my opinion), are quite wedded to the hardcore end of calorific cooking. Think bacon fat, Crisco (a solid vegetable fat), mayonnaise and butter. These ultra-fatty (and often delicious) ingredients will be added to otherwise naturally vegetarian or vegan dishes – eg the tomato salad. The underlying cultural thought has long been “better with butter.” The addition of which may possibly make one “fuller than a tick on a dawg.” (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

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