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We set out to make a gluten-free stuffing that eliminates the two-step process of first making cornbread, then cubing and drying it to make stuffing. This version has all the familiar aromatics and flavors baked right into cornbread batter, resulting in a crunchy, craggly, super-savory side dish.
- ¼ cup (or more) extra-virgin olive oil
- 12 oz. mixed mushrooms (such a maitake, shiitake, and/or oyster), torn into 1"–2" pieces
- 2 medium red onions, sliced into 1" wedges
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped rosemary, sage, and/or thyme
- 1 bunch of Tuscan kale (about 6 oz.), center ribs and stems removed, leaves torn
- 2 tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 tsp. Morton kosher salt, plus more
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal (not polenta)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 Tbsp. for greasing
Preheat oven to 450°. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Add mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown and crisp underneath, 3–5 minutes. Toss and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until mushrooms are deeply browned all over, 4–6 minutes longer. Transfer to a medium bowl, leaving any leftover oil in skillet.
Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally and adding 1–2 Tbsp. oil if pan looks dry, until lightly charred all over and softened, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in herbs and drizzle honey over, then add kale and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale has wilted and is tender, 6–8 minutes.
Return mushrooms to skillet, season with salt, and toss to combine. Transfer mushroom mixture back to medium bowl. Wipe out skillet and place in oven to preheat.
Combine cornmeal, baking soda, and 2 tsp. Morton salt in a large bowl. Whisk egg, buttermilk, and ½ cup melted butter in another medium bowl. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in three-quarters of mushroom mixture.
Carefully remove preheated skillet from oven and pour in remaining 1 Tbsp. butter, swirling skillet to distribute. Scrape batter into skillet. Top with remaining one-quarter of mushroom mixture. Bake stuffing until golden brown, 25–30 minutes. Serve in skillet or break into craggy pieces and transfer to a platter.