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Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hour 13 Mins
Yield
12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Spread bread cubes in a single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until toasted. Let cool, and transfer to a very large bowl.

Step 2

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat; add country ham, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add ham to bread in bowl.

Step 3

Melt remaining butter in same skillet over medium heat; add onion and celery, and sauté 8 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add to bread in bowl. Combine broth, egg, and pepper. Add broth mixture to bread, tossing well. Stir in fresh herbs. Spoon dressing into a lightly greased 13" x 9" baking dish.

Step 4

Bake, covered, at 400° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 to 20 more minutes or until top is browned and crusty.

Step 5

Make Ahead: Prepare dressing a day ahead. Store dressing, unbaked, in refrigerator. The next day, let dressing stand at room temperature 30 minutes and bake as directed. Reheat briefly just before serving.

Christmas with Southern Living 2008

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