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New England Johnnybread Salad

Want an easy and flavorful salad this Holiday season or any time of year? This Yankee inspired salad is a great entrée as well, but especially suited to prevent you from eating too much turkey or ham during those gut-busting meals with family and friends.

Enough for 4-6 servings

Ingredients

For 6 people

Recipe

  • 1 box (8.5 ounce) corn muffin or corn bread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup(s) milk
  • 3 ounce(s) mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and julienned *
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounce(s) fresh spinach
  • 1 green, red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Tangy Sausage Dressing:
  • 1/2 lb(s) hot or sweet Italian sausage links
  • 3 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup(s) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup(s) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup(s) soy or Worcestershire sauce

New England Johnnybread Salad Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Stir muffin mix, eggs and milk until combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top and it springs back in the center when touched. Remove from oven to cool completely. Cut cooled cornbread into cubes; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter or margarine and melt over medium-high heat. Add green onion, green pepper and julienned tomatoes. Grill, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the cornbread cubes and continue cooking until cornbread is starting to crisp, another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare Tangy Sausage Dressing.
  4. Slice sausage links into 1/4-inch slices. Add to a large skillet, over medium heat, and cook until no longer pink in the middle, about 2-3 minutes, turning each slice over. With a slotted spoon, remove cooked sausage to a dish; set aside.
  5. Return skillet to heat and add remainder of ingredients. Bring to a boil. stirring to lift up sausage fonds from the bottom of the pan, and let reduce slightly, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sausages back into the skillet, mix well.
  6. While Dressing is cooking, toss spinach, mushrooms and cornbread mixture in a large salad bowl. Pour Tangy Sausage Dressing into bowl of greens and toss. Evenly divide among serving bowls and serve immediately.
  7. *Of course you can also simply added chopped, fresh tomatoes on top of salad when serving.
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