Southern Cornbread Dressing

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5 from 6 votes
Southern Cornbread Dressing is the perfect side dish for your holiday table. It is always the bowl that everyone grabs for first and goes in again for seconds and thirds.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

Southern Cornbread Dressing is the perfect side dish for your holiday table. It is always the bowl that everyone grabs for first and goes in again for seconds and thirds.

Southern cornbread dressing on a clear plate

Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing is the South in a bowl. It is the perfect texture, not too dry or wet. With that perfect seasoning that when it hits your mouth you smile over the taste that brings back special meals with family and friends.

In short, where did this delicious recipe come from? Find out more Here.

Why Southern Cornbread Dressing Works

It can take years of trial and error to get the best tasting Southern Cornbread Dressing. It is that hint of sweet with the herbs and seasonings that are just the ideal side dish for your holiday table.

How to Make Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe – Step by Step 

  • Make Cornbread: First, mix and bake all 4 cornbread mixes according to package instructions – let cool, crumble and set aside
  • Keep Oven Hot: Leave oven on at 400 degrees
  • Mix Ingredients: Next, in a large pot cook onion, celery, and bell pepper in butter until soft and fragrant. Then stir in 1 carton of chicken broth and remove from heat 
  • Incorporate Cornbread: Add in crumbled cooked cornbread a little at a time until well combined. Continue to alternate adding cornbread and 2nd carton of chicken broth 
step by step instructions for making southern cornbread dressing
  • Keep it Moist: At this time, final mixture should have a little extra moisture so it won’t dry out during baking)
  • Coat Baking Dish: Spray or coat a 13×9 pan with cooking spray or oil and add the mixture
  • Bake: Finally, bake until firm in the middle and golden brown on top, about 30-45 minutes
step by step instructions for making southern cornbread stuffing

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What is the Difference between Stuffing and Southern Style Cornbread Dressing

Stuffing is usually “stuffed” into the cavity of an animal usually some type of poultry. And is cooked along with the bird. Dressing, however, is usually cooked and served on the side of the bird in a casserole dish.

While some enjoy the flavor of stuffing, it is sometimes not safe if not prepared correctly. Bacteria can survive in stuffing that has not reached 165 degrees that could then cause food poisoning.

Recommendations for Making the Best Southern Cornbread Dressing

Can you make this Dressing ahead of time? Yes, absolutely. It can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

How long can I save my best southern cornbread dressing for? It will be safe to eat 3 or 4 days after it has been made if stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

What if my dressing is too gummy or too dry? If it is too wet, cook uncovered for a bit to let it dry out a little. If too dry, add a little warm stock.


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Expert Tips for Making the Best Cornbread Dressing Recipe Southern Living

  • Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Sausage: If you like a meaty dressing add a little crumbled sausage or Bacon.
  • Sweet: Like it Sweet? Of Course you can add a hint of apple or honey just like granny use to do it.

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Southern Cornbread Dressing

5 from 6 votes
Southern Cornbread Dressing is the perfect side dish for your holiday table. It is always the bowl that everyone grabs for first and goes in again for seconds and thirds.
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Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 packages of your favorite cornbread mix
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cartons of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Mix and bake all 4 cornbread mixes according to package instructions – let cool, crumble and set aside
  • Leave oven on at 400 degrees
  • In a large pot cook onion, celery, and bell pepper in butter until soft and fragrant
  • Stir in 1 carton of chicken broth and remove from heat
  • Add in crumbled cooked cornbread a little at a time until well combined
  • Continue to alternate adding cornbread and 2nd carton of chicken broth
  • Final mixture should have a little extra moisture so it won’t dry out during baking
  • Spray or coat a 13×9 pan with cooking spray or oil and add the mixture
  • Bake until firm in the middle and golden brown on top, about 30-45 minutes

Expert Tips

 
  • Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Sausage: If you like a meaty dressing add a little crumbled sausage or Bacon.
  • Sweet: Like it Sweet? Of Course you can add a hint of apple or honey just like granny use to do it.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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