Cornbread Dressing

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Ah, the golden aroma of cornbread dressing wafting through the house. Few things encapsulate the essence of comfort food quite like this classic Southern dish. Whether it’s for a festive holiday spread or a simple family gathering, this Cornbread Dressing recipe is bound to win over hearts and palates alike.

Who is This Recipe For?

This recipe is perfect for those who have a penchant for savory, rich flavors. If you’ve been searching for that ideal side dish to complement your roast chicken or turkey, look no further. With its soft inside and crispy edges, this dressing serves as a delectable contrast to your main dish. It’s also a godsend for anyone looking for a straightforward yet delightful dish to bring to a potluck or family dinner.

Why This Cornbread Dressing Stands Out

Beyond its mouthwatering flavors, what makes this recipe a cut above the rest is its perfect balance of moistness and texture. The addition of chicken stock ensures that every bite is flavorful and moist, while the cornbread provides that much-loved crumbly goodness. The sage adds an aromatic punch, while the sautéed onions and celery introduce a subtle crunch.


  • 3 cups crumbled cornbread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage (or more, to taste)
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 7×11-inch baking dish.
  2. Mixing Base: In a large bowl, place your crumbled cornbread.
  3. Sauté: Over medium heat, melt butter in a large skillet. Add diced onion and chopped celery, sautéing until they’re soft, which should take around 5-7 minutes.
  4. Combine: Transfer the sautéed vegetables to the bowl with cornbread. Mix in chicken stock, beaten eggs, sage, salt, and pepper until you have a well-combined mixture.
  5. Bake: Pour the dressing into your prepared baking dish. Place it in the preheated oven and let it bake until the edges start turning a golden brown. This should take about 30 minutes.

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Cornbread Dressing:

  1. Cornbread Consistency: For the best results, use day-old cornbread. Fresh cornbread might make your dressing a bit too moist.
  2. Sage Variations: If dried sage isn’t available, you can use fresh sage. Typically, you’d want to use three times the amount of fresh sage as dried.

Recipe Swaps and Variations:

  1. Gluten-Free: Swap regular cornbread for a gluten-free version.
  2. Vegetarian Version: Use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock.
  3. Add-ins: Consider adding cooked and crumbled sausage, sautéed mushrooms, or even dried cranberries for a twist!

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • 7×11-inch baking dish
  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Storing Leftovers:

Should you be lucky enough to have any leftovers, store your cornbread dressing in an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When reheating, sprinkle a bit of chicken stock or water over the dressing to retain its moisture.

Perfect Pairings:

The rich flavors of this dressing pair wonderfully with roast meats, especially turkey and chicken. On the drink side, consider a crisp white wine like Chardonnay or even a light beer to complement the dish.


1. Can I make this dish ahead of time? Absolutely! You can prepare the dressing a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Bake it just before serving.

2. Can I freeze cornbread dressing? Yes, once baked, allow it to cool, then cover and freeze. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven.

3. Can I use store-bought cornbread? While homemade cornbread is ideal, store-bought can be used as a convenient alternative.

Health Benefits:

Beyond its scrumptious taste, cornbread dressing boasts several health benefits:

  1. Whole Grains: Cornmeal, a primary ingredient in cornbread, is a whole grain. Whole grains are known for their rich fiber content, aiding digestion and promoting heart health.
  2. Protein-Rich: The eggs in the dressing are not only binding agents but also add a good amount of protein, making this dish even more substantial.
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Onions and celery, the vegetables in this dish, are excellent sources of essential vitamins and minerals. They offer a mix of Vitamin C, B-vitamins, potassium, and dietary fiber.

Serving Suggestions:

While our cornbread dressing stands strong on its own, here are a few additional serving suggestions to elevate your dining experience:

  1. Gravy on Top: Drizzle a generous amount of your favorite gravy over the dressing for added moisture and flavor.
  2. Fresh Herbs: Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, chives, or even a bit of thyme for a pop of color and freshness.
  3. Crunch Element: Consider adding some toasted pecans or walnuts on top for an added crunch and nutty flavor.

Cornbread Dressing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 cups crumbled cornbread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage or more to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Grease a 7x11-inch baking dish. Place crumbled cornbread in a large bowl.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until soft, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add sautéed onion and celery to the crumbled cornbread. Stir in chicken stock, eggs, sage, salt, and pepper until well combined. Pour dressing into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until dressing just starts to turn golden brown around the edges, about 30 minutes.
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