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Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing is deliciously moist and wonderfully seasoned with sage, onions, and celery. It’s a classic that makes it to the Thanksgiving table year after year.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

 

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning that Thanksgiving menu. This year I want the food to be extra good and special since this is the first year my son has been away at college. I miss him dearly and I know he misses my home cooking.

You cook for your boys mamas, and they’ll always want to come home to see you.  🙂

Southern Cornbread Dressing- a must for Thanksgiving

 

Probably the most looked forward to part of Thanksgiving dinner, besides dessert, is the dressing and it’s not uncommon for us to have more than one kind. I personally really love this Andouille Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing.

This Southern Cornbread Dressing is a more traditional southern dressing made with crumbled cornbread along with lots of onion, celery, and sage. It’s savory, moist, and delicious.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

 

Since we typically fry our Thanksgiving turkey, I solely use canned broth to make dressing, but if you have turkey drippings, you could add them to the dressing and it will taste even better.

Along with cornbread dressing we love to have Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, mashed potatoes, and Broccoli Casserole for Thanksgiving dinner. And this year I think I’ll add Savory Sweet Potato Casserole to the list. You can never have too many casseroles!

Southern Cornbread Dressing

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Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing

A traditional southern cornbread dressing flavored with onion, celery, and sage. Super moist and flavorful.
PREP: 30 mins
COOK: 30 mins
TOTAL: 1 hr
SERVINGS: 8 servings

Ingredients

Cornbread

  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal, I use Martha White
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour, I use White Lily
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

Dressing

  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 3 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pieces toast, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for cornbread. Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch cast iron pan or a 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Before using, crumble into small pieces.
  • Heat butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add celery and onion and cook until soft.
  • Add sage, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper to onion mixture.
  • In a large bowl combine crumbled cornbread and toast.
  • Whisk together milk and eggs and add to bowl. Stir in 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • Stir in onion mixture. Mixture should be very moist. Add more broth if necessary.
  • Transfer to a greased baking dish. Cut butter into small slivers and scatter on top of dressing.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until it turns light brown on top.

Notes

Note: The cornbread should be made a day or two in advance.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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256 thoughts on “Southern Cornbread Dressing”

  1. In this Southern cornbread dressing recipe looks delicious! Did you use White cornmeal or yellow cornmeal for this recipe?

  2. Was looking for a recipe that had the same ingredients as my mom used (she’s passed away) found this recipe. Tweeked recipe a little,. Used cream of chicken soup, in addition to chicken broth. My used cream if chicken soup. Dressing was great! Tasted just like hers.

      1. Teresa Marie Cope

        In a large roasting pan, My mom used about 4 slices of toasted white bread and broke it into small pieces. She baked a pan of cornbread and crumbled it up into roaster . She would fry a chopped onion and a few stalks chopped celery in a stick of butter in a skillet until tender and slightly browned and then add to mixture in roaster. She added 3 large raw eggs and [ I think she also added 3 large boiled eggs (peeled & chopped up)] into the mixture. Add sage to taste. (I always taste the raw mixture and keep adding until I get my desired taste). She would boil the giblets to make broth (or use chicken broth) (you can also boil a few chicken thighs if you want to crumble up the chicken and have broth) and add enough broth to mixture to make it moistened, not too juicy, but juicy enough so that it won’t be too dry after it is baked. She would sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Then she would mix together all this in the roaster, then bake on center rack on 350º until browned on top and done in middle.

        1. Chris Jones

          Sounds like how my grandmother used to make it but instead of toast she used leftover biscuits.

          1. Jennifer F Walker

            I add some eggplant to mine and it makes it really nice and moist.

        2. My Mother made fantastic cornbread dressing. She made New Orleans style, half cornbread & half french bread. But I make mine with all cornbread. When I bake the cornbread of course it does have some GF flour. because my family is sensitive to gluten. Way it goes. But it still tastes great.

      2. I’m from Alabama and I can say that – although I don’t have a clue why – all recipes for Southern cornbread dressing have always called for crumbled bread or biscuits. It’s been passed down for generations that way. I’m guessing it does something to the consistency.

        1. Adding the bread also serves to help hold it together. It acts almost like a binding ingredient. My Mom always added bread but the cornbread was the main ingredient. Without the “white bread” the dressing did not hold together.

  3. Is it okay to use boxed cornbread instwad of making your own? Im on a budget and cant afford to huy ngredients i may not use again.

    1. Of course it’s ok. It may have a little different flavor because cornbread mix typically has sugar in it. Traditional, southern cornbread is not sweet. However, if that is what you are used to eating anyway, it will not matter.

    2. Boxed cornbread is fine and does not need to be toasted. I only toast freshly made cornbread. The amount of sugar in the seasoning is minimal and does not affect the taste.

      1. Sorry I have to disagree with using the boxed cornbread mixture . It does not taste like true southern style cornbread and it makes the dressing taste like you used the box mix. Too sweet too grainy.

        1. Very true, the boxed cornbread makes a very sweet dressing and also grainy as mentioned above. Unless you like it sweet don’t use the box mix.

    3. No… It’s not OK make your own cornbread first… If you don’t, don’t you dare call it southern dressing!

  4. I followed this recipe and put milk in the dressing no I’m reading comments that I wasn’t supposed to, is it going to come out horrible?

    1. Joan Spicer

      I always put milk in my dressing, in addition to several eggs,salt and pepper a chicken bouillon cube or two (cooked celery and onion in the broth you get from adding the turkey giblets packet). More dried bread ratio than cornbread. Like 1/3 cornbread to 2/3 White bread. You make it like a custard. It’s moist like wet mashed potatoes consistency before baking. And your dish is moist not dry when baked. Yum!

      1. Joan, do you have a recipe for that?

        I am looking for a southern style wet dressing recipe that had Durkee sauce in it but yours sounds pretty close.

    1. Jennifer Schneider

      No, do not cover when cooking. The dressing need to cook through and dry some as it does so. You don’t want it DRY, but you also don’t want to swim in it.

  5. Brandy N Wortham

    Nearly the same family recipe besides some of my family uses oil instead of butter. It’s so good. However I couldn’t remember the amount they used. I seem to think a few taste. Don’t measure. Also some use toast and some use day old cornbread. My father is law is 82 and he made some fantastic dressing last week. It had walnuts, something normally would be icky in dressing but it was fantastic. My SO also makes good dressing. He uses the gizzards, etc. It’s a little too firm for my liking (not because of the gizzard but he uses little liquids. He likes it that way. Thin too. He also just uses bagged seasoned bread crumbs. Blah. But it actually tastes good… Wayyyy better then stove top just a tad less appetizing then mom’s 100% homade. Teresa prefers hers soft and no sage. Lol. My mom said it’s good too but missing sage 100% kills it. Mom loooved sage. Everyone had mom make the dressing every year and potato salad. She made the best fried chicken too. Omg. I now make it and mike thinks it’s insane how good it is. I never knew others used the gizzards and things too in there dressing. Learn something new. Haha. Happy Thanksgiving. The first year without mama.

      1. Question I am doubling this recipe. Should I double the cook time as well or will that dry it out?

  6. I have to work until 430 Thanksgiving Day, and was planning on making this before work (around 7am). Would it be ok that way? Should I make it all without baking, then bake when I get home? Or do it all before work, then reheat?

    1. Patricia Ledet

      It is ok to make your corn bread befor going to work. Sit in refrig,until you return.

      1. My family recipe is really similar to this. We have so much cooking to do the day of. That we cook what we can the day before. This includes the cornbread for the dressing.

    2. Susan McFadden

      Hello Amanda. I make the cornbread 2 days in advance and mix everything the day before Thanksgiving and put it the fridge. This is the 3rd year I’m using this recipe. All the flavors blend overnight, it is awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Lindsey Langley

    I’m wondering if I make a pkg cornbread instead of the homemade recipe, how many cups of cornbread is necessary for this dressing?

    1. Brenda Randolph

      Ever heard of pkg cornbread only JIFFY and that will NOT work. If making a large pan use 2 cornbread like cake pans 1 if making a small pan but homemade day old is the best.

    1. I use the milk only in my cornbread. Once my cornbread is done I crumble I mix everything else together

      1. marc ravizee

        so is the milk needed for the dressing mixture after the cornbread is done or is that a typo?

        1. Jessica Brann

          No milk is definitely only for the cornbread. DON’T add it to the wet dressing. HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2018.

  8. So when using the self rising cornmeal,do I still use the buttermilk or the amount of milk it asks for on the self rising corn meal package or do I use both, because when I used just buttermilk flour and eggs it was just like a thick blob of dough

    1. Crystal Graham

      You have to use corn meal just not flour add more milk till it looks like cake batter.

  9. Hey! This recipe looks awesome but I cannot get past the egg part–my mom never added eggs. I’m used to a moist yet crumbly dressing, not dense and compact. Is there a reason I have to add the eggs or can that be eliminated? I hate to jack with a recipe if it truly needs to be in there… The pic looks moist, crumbly and yummy!

    1. Andrea french

      I don’t usually use egg in mine though I have had it both ways. Just make sure you have a proper wetness ratio. Long as it’s not too wet of dry, it will set just fine without the egg.

  10. Hey! This recipe looks awesome but I cannot get past the egg part. I’m used to a moist yet crumbly dressing, not dense and compact. Is there a reason I have to add the eggs or can that be eliminated? I hate to jack with a recipe if it truly needs to be in there… The pic looks moist, crumbly and yummy!

  11. Laurie Bowman

    In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for cornbread. Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch cast iron pan or a 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Before using, crumble into small pieces.
    Heat butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add celery and onion and cook until soft.
    Add sage, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper to onion mixture.
    In a large bowl combine crumbled cornbread and toast? TOAST? What’s that about?

    1. Jeanie C Norman

      YES!!! I always add toast ritz crackers to my dressing. And if I need to make it stretch, cook up some frozen biscuits and crumble them up and put in there.

      1. I’ve always used Pepperidge Farm Herb seasoned instead of toast or biscuits. Enhances the flavor, texture and stretching.

    2. Some people use crumbled up white toast in with crumbled up cornbread. Are family recipe calls for biscuits instead of toast. But I suppose either works.

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