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Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Free up valuable oven space this Thanksgiving with this Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing. It’s loaded with Italian sausage and lots of flavor from onion, celery, and sage.

Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing


Stuffing, or dressing as it’s frequently called in the south, is the ultimate comfort food and the part of the Thanksgiving meal I look forward to most. But something this good shouldn’t just be eaten once a year. I find it makes a delicious side for just about any fall or winter meal.

Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing


A cornbread dressing with lots of Italian sausage is one of my favorite ways to make stuffing. And I especially love this slow cooker version. It’s super convenient for Thanksgiving when oven space is hard to come by.

Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing

To make Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing, I like to use Johnsonville Italian Ground Hot Sausage. It also comes in mild and sweet flavors but I really like the taste of the hot sausage with cornbread.


Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing

All three flavors are so versatile in the kitchen. I love the flavor Italian sausage has and find it so convenient that Johnsonville sells Italian sausage in ground form so you don’t have to mess with removing it from the casings.

For this recipe you’ll want to use cornbread that is a day or two old. Either make your own or buy some at the store. Make sure not to use sweet cornbread.

Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing


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Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Free up valuable oven space this Thanksgiving with this Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing. It's loaded with Italian sausage and lots of flavor from onion, celery, and sage.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 3 hours
TOTAL: 3 hours 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 10 servings


  • 1 pound Johnsonville Italian ground sausage (hot, mild, or sweet)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (9-inch) cornbread (1 to 2 days old), crumbled
  • 3 slices toast from white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into slivers


  • Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it into pieces as it cooks. once no longer pink, remove sausage from skillet with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl.
  • Add butter to grease in skillet and cook celery and onion until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sage, thyme, and parsley to skillet and season onion/celery mixture with salt and pepper. Add mixture to bowl with sausage.
  • Add toast pieces and crumbled cornbread to bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add eggs, 2 cups broth, salt and pepper and stir well. Add up to 1 cup more chicken broth to get mixture very moist.
  • Transfer mixture to a greased 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Scatter butter pieces on top.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.


Calories: 364kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: crock pot, Thanksgiving

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13 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sausage Cornbread Dressing”

  1. I have a guest that hates celery….could I omit and add apples? Would apricots added be ok? Thx

  2. kentuckylady 717

    No poultry seasoning in this recipe ???
    I always add poultry seasoning & Sage…..I add 1 teaspoon of Sage, and 1 Tablespoon of poultry seasoning….too much sage not good in this recipe…..my daughter says all you taste is the sage….so go easy on it….I think you will like it better….:) just sayin…..

  3. This is some seriously delicious stuffing. I add green apples (peeled) and dried cranberries. So good

  4. Alma@ Freelance Content Writer

    h I would certainly’ve never ever thought to make packing in the sluggish stove! Such a terrific idea, As well as I like the sausage as well as cornbread in here also. Looks so good!

  5. Emily @ Emily's Tasty Adventures

    What a great way to ease the craziness in the kitchen on Thanksgiving!

  6. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I usually shy away from dressing as it tends to be somewhat bland – but, Christin, with that sausage in this – this is anything but bland! Sounds so delicious! And yay for it cooking in the slow cooker!

  7. Ashley - the recipe rebel

    I can just imagine what kind of awesome flavor the sausage adds to this stuffing! SO hearty and packed with flavor!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh I would’ve never thought to make stuffing in the slow cooker! Such a great idea, Christin! And I love the sausage and cornbread in here too. Looks SO good!

  9. Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen

    This looks so good, Christin! I love that it’s made in the slow cooker, and with sausage and cornbread, too!

  10. This looks like a delicious spin on our usual dressing recipe! And I LOVE that it is in the slow cooker!

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