Classic Southern Cornbread Dressing

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Classic Southern Cornbread dressing, loaded with herbs and buttery flavor. These cozy, herbed bread cubes are baked to a crispy, dense texture that only stuffing is meant to have. Perfectly moist with a golden crust on the top. The perfect side dish for your family meals!


All about this cornbread dressing…

This Cornbread Dressing is a classic southern side dish perfect for Thanksgiving or any family meal. It’s a great way to use up any stale or leftover cornbread. Use your favorite cornbread recipe or use mine if needed. Or you can always use a box mix or store-bought cornbread to save time.

Pre-baking the breads helps to ensure that they hold their shape and hold up to the luscious buttery herb sauce that is poured over the top before baking into a casserole dish. Making this the perfect comforting side to pair with any holiday meal.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cornbread: My all time favorite cornbread recipe is perfect for this recipe. I recommend making it a day beforehand, this helps it dry out slightly overnight making it easier to cube and quicker to dry out in the oven.
  • White Bread: get a nice thick sliced bread from the market. Texas toast style is perfect for using to make homemade dressing!
  • Butter: adds moisture and flavor.
  • Onion & Celery: adds flavor and texture.
  • Seasonings & Herbs: this recipe is written using dried herbs for ease. You can use fresh herbs if you have them on hand, simply increase the amount to 1 tbsp instead of 1 tsp.
  • Chicken broth: adds extra flavor to the dressing.

How to Make (step-by-step):

  • Step 1: Prepare the Cornbread. Recommended to make this the day before to assist with drying out. Cube and bake the breads until dry. Should have the texture of croutons.
  • Step 2: Prepare the liquid broth by melting butter, sautéing the veggies, then adding the herbs, seasonings, and chicken broth. Let this simmer. Then pour the broth over the dried breads, stir to combine.
  • Step 3: Cover and bake. Then remove the foil and continue baking to get that beautiful golden crust on the top!


What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?

The difference in the name can be due to cooking method. Dressing is typically prepared outside of the bird and cooked in the oven or a slow cooker. Stuffing is prepared by stuffing it into the turkey and baking it in the bird. However, in the South, the name dressing can be used for both!

Can I make this recipe inside of the turkey?

You can make this inside the turkey, please be mindful this can increase the bake time to ensure that it is cooked fully.

What kind of bread is best for homemade stuffing?

The best choice is a white bread since it has a tight crumb, it’s perfect for absorbing the flavors of the butter and the broth. Texas toast style bread is a great option since it’s a nice wide slice which is perfect for making chunky stuffing.


Expert Tips:

  • Make this your own so that your entire family will enjoy it. Some ideas include adding sausage, cook some sausage in a skillet and add to the dressing before baking.
  • Add some fresh fruits: apples would be a great addition, chop up and add to the dressing. (If you’re interested I have a Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Stuffing Recipe that has amazing reviews!)
  • Instead of using dried herbs, use fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley are all great options!
  • Use day old cornbread so that it holds it’s shape when cubed. Fresh cornbread tends to crumble when used in this recipe.

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Recipe first published November 13, 2020. Updated November 10, 2021 with new information and video. Recipe is unchanged.

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