Southern Cornbread Dressing

Cathy Smith


I love dressin, and I love my families dressing best. We have it both on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both Christmas and Thanksgiving have almost identical menus, my family does NOT like change. About the only things that MIGHT change are the desserts. Since we were military and could never come home, each child got to have their pick of a dessert the way I did when the whole family showed up and everyone had favorites items on the buffet.

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10 with leftovers


1 Hr


1 Hr 30 Min




4 qt
cornbread, broke up in large lumps so to give some texture
2 c
diced onions
2 c
diced celery
1 1/2 tsp
6 Tbsp
poultry seasoning
6 large
well beaten eggs
3/4 c
melted butter
2 c
1 qt
turkey or chicken broth

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix all ingredients. Cover with a cloth, let sit at least one hour. Stir. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes till golden.
Notes: You can certainly put the giblets/offals in there if you please but I am a nurse and I know what they did for a living so I just cannot eat them. You can use fresh turkey broth or canned chicken broth (canned turkey is hard to find), I would suggest tho that you get the low sodium so you can adjust your salt. The other thing is Poultry seasoning has Sage and several other 'perfect and warm' seasonings that scream holidays. If you prefer tho to have a bit more "just sage" then I would decrease the poultry seasoning to 3 tbsp and add 3 tbsp sage.
Rubbed sage is my choice, ground sage doesn't give any more flavor but it turns your dressing/stuffing that sickly green color and let's face it trying to encourage picky kids to eat dressing on it's own is almost impossible so color it sick green, oh boy. Now the last thing I want to put out there is this: the pan you put your dressing to bake in will make some changes to your amount of time it is in the oven. I usually bake mine in an oval roaster, it makes the dressing about 3-4 inches deep, it takes the full 60 minutes of covered baking and 30 minutes of uncovered. If you place it in a 9x13 inch pan, it comes up to 2 inches or so, which means you should start looking at taking the cover off at 30 minutes and 15-20 minutes uncovered.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Side Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Southern