Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread dressing is a classic Southern dish often enjoyed during Thanksgiving or other holiday meals. Here’s a traditional recipe to make delicious cornbread dressing:


For the Cornbread:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil

For the Dressing:

  • 8 cups crumbled cornbread (about one 9×13 inch pan)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Cornbread: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter or oil. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the cornbread cool completely, then crumble it into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare the Dressing Mixture: In a large skillet, sauté the diced celery, onion, and bell pepper in a bit of butter or oil until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the sautéed vegetables to the bowl of crumbled cornbread. Stir in the chopped parsley, dried sage, and dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Combine with Broth and Eggs: In a separate bowl, mix together the beaten eggs and chicken or turkey broth. Pour the broth mixture over the cornbread mixture and stir until well combined. The mixture should be moist but not too wet.
  4. Bake the Dressing: Transfer the dressing mixture to a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the dressing is set.
  5. Serve: Allow the cornbread dressing to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm as a side dish alongside your favorite holiday meal.

Enjoy this delicious and comforting cornbread dressing as a staple at your holiday table!

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