Cornbread-Sage Dressing

Jeanne Benavidez


This is Mom's recipe and has been made by our family since I was a child. It is a standing joke that every year, my sister and I call each other to ask "Now, what goes in that dressing again?" We've been making this recipe for 30+ years and it just isn't right until that call is made and we get the giggles. This net picture shows you now it should look.


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10 - 12
30 Min
3 Hr


  • 1
    (13 x 9 pan) prepared cornbread
  • 4 - 6
    ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 2 - 4
    bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp
    ground sage, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp
    black pepper
  • ·
    salt to taste
  • 1 - 2 qt
    homemade chicken stock
  • 3 - 4 large
    eggs, slightly beaten

How to Make Cornbread-Sage Dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Crumble the cornbread into a deep roasting pan.
  3. Add celery, onion and bell peppers. Mix well (I use my hands here.)
  4. Gradually stir in chicken broth. (This is where I use a long-handled wooden or metal spoon)
  5. Add sage, poultry seasoning and black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  6. Make sure that all of the cornbread is soaked with the chicken broth. Add more chicken broth or hot water if needed. This mixture should be thick and wet but not too runny (a little thicker than the cornbread was before you baked it).
  7. Taste the dressing and adjust any seasoning as needed. (Be careful, the sage and poultry seasoning are a little salty.)
  8. Slightly beat the eggs in a small bowl and add to the cornbread mixture. Stir the mixture until the egg is completely combined.
  9. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and seal to keep in steam. Bake in the oven for 2 hours.
  10. Remove foil and bake another 45 minutes to 1 hr. It should be lightly golden on top....not dark brown.

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About Cornbread-Sage Dressing

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Southern

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