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Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread Dressing

You can make this simple cornbread dressing in 3 easy steps. Start with baking the cornbread, next saute the vegetables, then combine the rest of the ingredients before baking. It’s as easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3!

Cooked cornbread in a white casserole dish on an orange and white striped place mat.

I was almost 20 years old the first time I ate real southern cornbread dressing. It was at my husband’s grandparents home in Mississippi where we celebrated our first Thanksgiving together.

I remember thinking, ” Where is the rice dressing? I missed the rice dressing.!” Then about midway into the meal, I began to enjoy this new way of giving thanks. I think it was the flavorful gravy on top of the dressing that did it. Someone had to tell me to put it on there.

As my children got older, traveling to Mississippi for Thanksgiving became less frequent because of our full schedules and all. They then began to miss their cornbread dressing. (The usual rice or mashed potatoes with turkey gravy was not cutting it for them.) Truth is, I missed it too. So out of necessity, this recipe evolved, and everyone was happy. I was relieved at how well they devoured it and all of my fears of “that’s not how Mamaw made it!” went away.

With Thanksgiving gatherings approaching, let’s look at these 3 easy steps to make a southern cornbread dressing. I apologize if it’s not like your Mamaw’s, but I have found with this classic version you can add to or take away to suit your taste.

Step #1  Make Cornbread

A black skillet of baked cornbread made for Cornbread Dressing.

You can start this with a boxed mix, but you don’t have to. This recipe for homemade Iron Skillet Cornbread is easy and delicious. The olive oil makes the difference. Trust me!

After the cornbread is cooled to touch, crumble it into a large bowl and toast about 5 slices of whole wheat or white bread. Then break up the toasts and add them to the cornbread crumbs.

Two hands breaking up whole wheat toast to make bread crumbs for cornbread dressing.

Step # 2  Saute The Vegetables

Chop the onion, celery, and bell pepper and saute in olive oil until they are soft. You can use bacon drippings in place of the oil, that would be just fine and yummy! 

Sauteed vegetables in a [an with a spoon for Cornbread Dressing.

Step #3  Combine And Bake

Now we add the sauteed veggies, eggs, and seasonings to the breadcrumbs. Mix this up. You may use your hands.

Cornbread, bread crumbs, eggs and vegetables in a green bowl with seasonings to make Cornbread Dressing.

At this time, pour in a generous amount of chicken broth.

Chicken broth being poured into cornbread dressing mixture in a green bowl.

Now spoon the dressing mix into a baking dish and bake for 45 – 55 minutes according to how moist you like your dressing. To save time you can make ahead and freeze before baking. Be sure and cover it tightly with plastic wrap and foil. When you’re ready to cook, defrost thoroughly and bake. Or, freeze after it’s baked then defrost and reheat right before your meal.

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Cornbread Dressing

Cooked cornbread in a white casserole dish on an orange and white striped place mat.

Make cornbread dressing in 3 easy steps starting with a pan of cornbread, some sauteed vegetables, and a few other ingredients then bake it in the oven. It’s that simple!

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

6 cups cornbread, crushed into crumbs

4 cups toasted whole wheat bread, crumbled

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup onions, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup bell pepper, chopped

4  large eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 cups chicken broth

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 

Place bread crumbs into a large bowl.

Sautee vegetables in olive oil for 10 minutes or until they become soft over medium heat, stirring often. 

Stir vegetables into bread crumbs along with eggs, salt, and pepper.

Pour broth into ingredients and stir to mix well.

Spoon into prepared baking dish and bake for 45-55 minutes depending on how moist you want the dressing.

 

Notes

This dressing may be too moist to cook thoroughly stuffed inside a turkey. 

The dressing may be frozen before or after baking. Bake or heat through after it is thoroughly defrosted.

Other ingredients to suit your taste may be added such as cooked sausage, nuts, and herbs before the broth is poured in. 

Add more chicken broth for a soupy dressing.

 

Keywords: cornbread dressing

Some like adding ingredients such as cooked sausage, nuts, and herbs to their dressing. If that’s you, feel free to do so before adding the broth. The simplicity of this recipe goes well with the flavors of our family’s favorite dishes. They are Tropical Fruit Salad, Sweet And Savory Broccoli Cauliflower SaladRice Dressing, Corn Maque Choux, Pea Salad, and Oatmeal Rolls to name just a few. You can see more recipes right here on this blog to help plan your menu. You are welcome to browse.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and no matter what is served before you remember to keep celebrating Thanksgiving all through the year!

“Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.” 

Dwight L. Moody



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