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Southern Cornbread Dressing

You might not know that there’s a war waging at your holiday table, but DO NOT call Southern Cornbread Dressing a “Stuffing” or you will find out!

Trust me on this, a stuffing is not a dressing and a dressing is not a stuffing. The recipe in this post is an ages old SOUTHERN cornbread dressing and that is what you better call it too!

Close up photo of finished SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

OK, IF you DO call a dressing a stuffing, you will be told right quick that a stuffing is something that is stuffed inside of a bird for roasting and a dressing is made in a pan and accompanies the roasted bird to the table. Hello sage filled southern cornbread dressing!

WHAT GOES INTO A CORNBREAD DRESSING?

I’m so glad you asked! First and foremost, what goes in this dressing is some of THIS delicious CLASSIC CORNBREAD, some spices and most deliciously, CHICKEN STOCK.

Trust me, if you have time, making your own chicken broth kicks this stuffing up to another level  (Ooops, I did it, calling this a stuffing and not a dressing, lol).

Anyway, if you don’t have time, then store bought chicken broth is fine, but seriously, it isn’t hard to do and totally worth the effort. Here’s the directions right HERE.

The ingredients for SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

the ingredients for SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

CAN CORNBREAD DRESSING BE MADE THE DAY BEFORE?

You can certainly make the dressing the day before. I recommend mixing everything together except the wet ingredients, then mixing those together with the dry ingredients just before you pop it in the oven.

SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

The mix ready to mix

CAN YOU FREEZE CORNBREAD DRESSING?

Yes, you can freeze cornbread dressing, but it doesn’t last for a super long time frozen. Try to eat it up in a few weeks if you freeze it.

When freezing it,

  • Cut it into pieces that are easily usable
  • Wrap well (several layers) in plastic wrap
  • Wrap in aluminum foil and label with the date and “dressing”

OR

  • Place the piece you want to freeze in a resealable freezer bag
  • Squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can.
  • Label the bag and place in the freezer.

HOW LONG IS CORNBREAD DRESSING GOOD FOR?

Your cornbread dressing is good for several days after you make it. You will want to keep it in the refrigerator. Place your cornbread dressing into the refrigerator as soon as you can after serving for the longest keep time.

A bowl ready to pour SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

A bowl ready to pour

WHAT IF YOU WANT CORNBREAD DRESSING…

  • Without sausage
  • With sausage
  • Without celery
  • With celery
  • Without onions
  • With onions
  • Without Sage
  • With sage
  • Without boiled eggs
  • With boiled eggs
  • Anything else?

This recipe is totally flexible in this way! I’ve tried this recipe an added ½ lb of fried sausage crumbles, and it was perfect!

You can certainly leave the onions, sage  and celery out but those add flavors, so be sure to replace those flavors with something else that works like garlic, thyme, italian seasoning or other flavors.

The one thing is though, it is probably best to leave the raw eggs in the dressing because those act as a binder and hold everything else together. The boiled eggs are based totally on your preference. Go with your heart baby!

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

  1. To get the MOST flavor into your cornbread dressing, you will want to make your own chicken broth if you can. It’s worth the effort.
  2. Cornbread dressing is a thing here in the south and it doesn’t taste right unless it has PLENTY of sage. Buy a fresh bottle of ground sage because it doesn’t really last a full year and still taste good.
  3. When you add the chicken broth, you may have to add a little more or a little less, it kind of depends on how dry your cornbread is. I would tell you that you want it to be like a thick and sticky bowl of grits, but that might not mean anything to some of you. If you can think of how cereal is after you allow it to get very soggy, then that is about the right consistency.
  4. I put a LOT of sage in my dressing and I recommend it, because I LOVE it that way, feel free to taste yours as you add the sage to see how it is tasting to you. You can’t take the sage back out, so best to test.
  5. Print this recipe. This is a wet and kind of messy recipe and you don’t want to be trying to scroll and keep your window open while reading a recipe.
  6. You will need a recipe of Cornbread for this recipe and I recommend THIS ONE. It is easy and simple and you can make it the day before.
  7. The onion and celery in this recipe are flexible based on taste.
  8. I indicate 1 quart of chicken broth plus 14 oz chicken stock, because that is the common way to purchase this item.
  9. You might also need this recipe:  The Secret to Easy Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs
A finished pan of SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

KITCHEN TOOLS I USE FOR THIS RECIPE

All  you really need for this recipe to turn out just right is a decent 9×13 baking dish OR 2 8×8 pans. I love the one I have with a lid (that makes taking things to a pot luck so much easier!). Here’s the one I have, and it works great!

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A pan of dressing plus a plate of dressing SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

 

THE RECIPE FOR SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

Close up photo of finished SOUTHERN CORNBREAD DRESSING

Southern Cornbread Dressing

This is a recipe for a classic southern cornbread dressing
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cornbread stuffing, cornbread dressing, corn bread stuffing
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 280kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium chopped onion - chopped
  • 3 celery ribs - chopped
  • 1 recipe of cornbread - crumbled
  • ½ sleeve of saltine crackers - crumbled
  • 3 boiled eggs - chopped
  • ¼ Cup Dried Parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 3 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 oz butter - melted
  • 3 eggs - beaten
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 14 oz chicken stock

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Prepare your baking dish with cooking spray (Either one 9x13 or two 8x8 pans)
  • Mix the onion, celery, cornbread, saltines, boiled eggs, parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, pepper, salt and butter together in a large bowl.
  • Pour the beaten eggs over the mixture and gently mix together.
  • Using a rubber spatula to mix as you go, pour about ⅓ of the stock into the cornbread ingredients. Then add the next ⅓. When the cornbread looks like cereal that has sat WAY too long in a bowl, it is done. It should not be soupy, just very wet. Add more or less chicken stock based on your assessment of the situation.
  • Pour your dressing into the prepared pan/s and bake uncovered for an hour until the dressing is lightly browned across the top.

Notes

  1. To get the MOST flavor into your cornbread dressing, you will want to make your own chicken broth if you can.  It’s worth the effort.
  2. Cornbread dressing is a thing here in the south and it doesn’t taste right unless it has PLENTY of sage.  Buy a fresh bottle of ground sage because it doesn’t really last a full year and still taste good.
  3. When you add the chicken broth, you may have to add a little more or a little less, it kind of depends on how dry your cornbread is.  I would tell you that you want it to be like a thick and sticky bowl of grits, but that might not mean anything to some of you. If you can think of how cereal is after you allow it to get very soggy, then that is about the right consistency.
  4. I put a LOT of sage in my dressing and I recommend it, because I LOVE it that way, feel free to taste yours as you add the sage to see how it is tasting to you.  You can’t take the sage back out, so best to test.
  5. Print this recipe.  This is a wet and kind of messy recipe and you don’t want to be trying to scroll and keep your window open while reading a recipe.  
  6. You will need a recipe of Cornbread for this recipe and I recommend THIS ONE. It is easy and simple and you can make it the day before.  
  7. The onion and celery in this recipe are flexible based on taste.
  8. I indicate 1 quart of chicken broth plus 14 oz chicken stock, because that is the common way to purchase this item.
  9. You might also need this recipe:  The Secret to Easy Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I also shared in my newsletter that I have found that walking in the early mornings is helping to relieve this somewhat.

Besides the normal blueness, I’ve been suffering through some anxiety over some personal things and about this website. Did you know that a website can feel a whole lot like a baby? It can.

TAKE A HIKE!

Anyway, after trekking through my town, up and down hills I usually feel better. Somehow my faith is restored and the weight feels lifted from my shoulders. That is a great relief.

Sometimes I think we forget that our Lord gave us some simple things to do to help ourselves and exercise is one of those things. I pray that I will keep remembering this as time marches on.

Prayer is another one of those tools.

Try sitting quietly in gratitude to the Maker for 5 minutes. Set a timer. Lord, help me, it DOES work.

Which reminds me of a couple of bumper stickers I saw….

“Faith it till you Make it” and “Faith More, Worry Less”.  

Matthew 6: 31-34

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

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Moxie

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

Herby cornbread dressing is the BEST! Thanks!

Katherine Couch

Saturday 18th of August 2018

I love getting your newsletter every week! I can't wait to make the cornbread dressing from this week and seeing the surprise on my family's face.Thank -You for all the fabulous recipes I've gotten from you !

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 18th of August 2018

Katherine- you are making me feel so good. Thank you so much. :)

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