Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing

I got asked for this recipe but I didn’t have it on the blog so I scrounged around my holiday binder to find it… just in time for Turkey Day! This is fairly similar to my Homemade Bread Stuffing except that it is made with cornbread… that is another recipe I’ll have to look for when I get everything unpacked! You can just make the recipe off the back of the bag and it will be fine!

Fun Fact:

What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Well, many times stuffing is referred to as being cooked inside the turkey… hence the name while dressing was usually cooked in a separate dish. Many people in the South refer to it as dressing no matter how you cook it.

Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing

Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing


  • 1 pan of homemade cornbread or 1 box of cornbread mix, prepared according to directions (you will need about 5 c. of torn cornbread)
  • 4 c. bread cubes
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 t. poultry seasoning
  • 1 t. rubbed sage
  • 1 t. salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2-3 c. water or broth
  • 2 eggs, beaten


Preheat the oven to 400.

Grease a 9×13 pan.

Place the cornbread and bread cubes in a large bowl, mix together.

Cook and stir the onion and celery in the butter until tender.

Add the seasonings, tasting to adjust.

Add everything to the large bowl with the bread cubes.

Toss to mix… be careful as it may be HOT!

Once combined, mix in the eggs.

Spread into the baking dish.

Cover with foil.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake another 15-20 minutes.



Grease your crockpot before adding the stuffing to it.

Gently spoon the stuffing mixture into the crockpot.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.

Reduce to LOW and continue cooking for 3 to 4 hours.


You can add in a variety of ingredients for different flavors:

  • 2 c. cooked, chopped chicken or turkey
  • giblets from the turkey, chopped and cooked with the onions and celery
  • 1/2 pound browned sausage, crumbled or 1 pound of cooked, chopped bacon
  • 1-2 c. chopped jalapenos, cooked with onions and celery. Add in 1 c. of cheddar cheese to the stuffing mixture and top with another cup of cheese before baking.
  • 10-12 shucked oysters
  • 1-2 c. smoked sausage, chopped and 1 bell pepper, chopped. Cooked with the onions and celery.
  • 2-3 c. chopped apples or pears
  • 1-2 c. chopped apples and 1 c. cranberries
  • 1 c. dried fruit
  • 1/2 c. toasted nuts
  • 1 c. chopped chestnuts from a jar
  • 2 c. sliced mushrooms cooked with the onions and celery.
  • 1-2 c. baby carrots or peeled and sliced carrots cooked with the onions and celery.


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