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Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Whenever I think about Thanksgiving the one dish that epitomizes the South is Southern cornbread dressing (or cornbread stuffing).  I never really knew that any other kind of stuffing existed….except that stuff in the box that no one I knew had ever purchased.

We never put the dressing in the actual turkey though I saw people do that on TV. It never bothered me though because I never really understood cooking inside a bird (later I learned to love white bread stuffing made in a turkey from my Mother in Law).

Oh, and cornbread dressing isn’t just for Thanksgiving. We also had it for Christmas and occasionally as an everyday main dish with chicken or ham chopped up in it.

Cornbread in a cast iron skillet

Before you make cornbread dressing ….you have to make cornbread. My skillet cornbread recipe is perfect for making Southern cornbread dressing but you can also use your favourite cornbread recipe. The key is to make sure whatever recipe you use has NO SUGAR!  Stuffing is supposed to be savory, not sweet. You can use either yellow or white cornmeal to make your cornbread.

The key to cooking scrumptious cornbread is cooking it in a cast iron skillet.  Whatever oil the recipe calls for, pour it in the skillet and then put the skillet in the oven during preheating.  When the oven is heated, carefully take out the pan, pour the oil into the mix & quickly stir it.  Then pour the mix back in the pan and into the oven, it goes.  This ensures a brown & crispy crust.  Yum!
cornbread before it goes into the oven
This is what it should look like when you pour it into the skillet… Bubbles!
cornbread after baking
Here’s what it looks like after baking.  Yummy!

Now for the Cornbread Stuffing! You won’t regret adding it to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu!

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Looking for more great ideas? Try out our 39 Thanksgiving Dinner Side Dishes and make your turkey on the grill this year. And if you prefer white bread stuffing, try out my Cranberry Stuffing made in the Instant Pot. And last but not least, don’t forget the pumpkin pie!

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe:

cornbread-stuffing
Yield: 8

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cornbread Stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any turkey dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 2 skillets cornbread, 9 inch, cooled & crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cans condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 liter Chicken Broth, or quart
  • 2-3 Tbsp sage, to taste
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan. Cook onions and celery until soft and starting to brown.
  3. Crumble cornbread into a large bowl. Add cooked onions & celery. Add condensed soup and eggs. Stir. Add enough chicken broth to moisten it to a mud-like consistency (I know, I know....I'm trying to be descriptive but it totally depends on how dry your cornbread is).
  4. Add seasonings to taste.
  5. Pour into a buttered 9X13 baking dish.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until middle is set and top is starting to brown. Serve with turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce. Yum!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1050mgCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

What recipe really stands out when you remember holidays from your childhood?  Do you cook it for you and your family today?

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Naomi Ratliff

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Y'all please ignore that second comment I made about the sage! I'm such a goofball!

Naomi Ratliff

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Oh, hey it's me again!😁 Just wanted to say that I add sage to my dressing, too. I usually start with a tablespoon and then add more to taste.

Naomi Ratliff

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I always loved my mother and stepmother's cornbread dressing! This recipe is as close to it as you can get! I always loved how they took just tiny bits of turkey and put it in there as well. Happy Thanksgiving 2021 to all! God bless you all!!!

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I am so glad to hear it! It was my Granny's recipe!

Erica

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Stuffing and dressing are NOT the same. Stuffing is made from toasted bread crumbs and dressing is make from cornbread. When I make stuffed pork chops I make a bread stuffing. You do use some of the same ingredients such as celery, onion and sage, but they are two different things and totally different textures. Both are delicious and a very hearty side dish! Happy Thanksgiving🦃

G

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Def closest I’ve found to my mom’s! We don’t add sage though.

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

So glad! The sage is easy to leave out.

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