This southern cornbread dressing has been enjoyed in our family every Thanksgiving since I can remember. It is so simple and delicious, and perfect alongside oven roasted turkey breast!
This is my mom’s recipe. She adapted it from her mother and her Aunt Laura, so there’s no telling how many generations this goes back!
Here in the southeastern USA, it is tradition to make authentic southern cornbread dressing to go with our turkey on Thanksgiving.
And y’all, side note: Don’t miss my mom’s oven roasted turkey breast! These two dishes go together SO well. Our family counts down to Thanksgiving every year when we get to enjoy them!
My mouth is literally watering as I look at these pictures…LOL!
But back to the southern cornbread dressing! We do not stuff ours inside the turkey, but we prepare it in it’s own casserole dish on the side. I prefer it this way. It is just simpler, and I cannot imagine it tasting any better.
You can use my skillet corn bread as a base for this recipe. I have also made a pan from the White Lily cornbread mix, and it works great! But the cast iron skillet is a must. That crispy crust makes the dressing taste amazing.
Once your cornbread is baked and cooled, you just rip it up into chunks with your hands.
You will also need some sliced white bread. Sometimes my mom will use biscuits instead of the white bread. You can totally do this too! She has used sliced white bread in the last few years, though, because it is just simpler. And it still tastes great!
Just mix your ripped up bread, celery, onions.
Then pour over the melted butter next, and stir it into the bread mixture. Next, pour over the egg and broth mixture, and stir until well-combined.
Then transfer to a casserole dish, and bake it until it is golden on top.
It’s funny, as I was talking to my mom, I realized that she rarely follows a recipe exactly. A lot of her instructions are “just add more until it looks right.” Or “cook it until it’s done.” LOL!
So I tried to put some structure for y’all, with actual measurements and times. 🙂
Let me know if you try it!
Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
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- 14 ounces corn bread crumbles (weighed on a food scale, or 4 cups)
- 4 slices white bread, torn (I used Sunbeam)
- 2 celery stalks very finely minced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion very finely minced
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 3 eggs
- 3.5 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- cooking spray, oil or butter to grease the casserole dish
Tear the white bread and cornbread into chunks.
In a large bowl, combine the bread chunks, onions, celery.
Pour the melted butter over the bread, onions, celery, and stir.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, and stir in the chicken broth, salt and pepper.
Pour the egg and broth mixture over the bread/ celery/ onion mixture, and stir to combine.
Transfer to casserole dish that has been greased or sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 375 for about 45 to 50 minutes minutes.