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Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cornbread Stuffing
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Author David of Sunset & Sewanee


  • large mixing bowl
  • saute pan
  • large 13" x 9" casserole dish
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • large spoon or spatula
  • Plastic wrap


  • 2 cups cornbread, cooked and crumbled (If you wish, go all cornbread, then double up) (use your own recipe or preferably, Morrison's Corn Kits brand)
  • 8 ea biscuits, baked and crumbled (2 oz./58 grams each, Optional) (Homemade or 1 can Pillsbury Grands or other store-bought)
  • 3 cups corn flakes cereal
  • ¼ cup butter, unsalted (plus a bit more to coat baking dish)
  • ¼ cup oil, avocado, or vegetable
  • 2 cups celery stalks, cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
  • 2 cups onions, peeled and diced (yellow or white variety)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • tsp pepper, black coarse grind
  • tsp salt
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup, condensed (Campbells 10.5oz/295g) (My mother used Chicken and Rice Soup)
  • 1 can cream of celery soup, condensed (Campbells 10.5oz/295g)
  • 1 cup green onion or scallions, sliced thin (white part included)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 cups turkey drippings or turkey stock (chicken or turkey stock can be substituted or supplemented)
  • 3 whole eggs, whisked


  • Prepare cornbread and biscuits according to the recipe. Crumble or slice the cornbread into medium-sized chunks. Measure out the Cornbread/Biscuits/Corn Flakes in a huge mixing bowl and reserve.
  • Butter a 9" x 13" x 2" (23 x 33 x 5 cm) casserole dish. Reserve.
  • Dice two cups of white or yellow onion and 2 cups of celery.
  • Mince four large cloves of garlic.
  • In a large sauté pan over medium, heat the oil and butter. Once the oil/butter has come up to temperature (about 1-2 minutes), add the diced onion, celery, and minced garlic. Stir occasionally.
  • Once the onion/celery/garlic mixture has cooked halfway, add the sage, poultry seasoning, thyme, granulated onion, black pepper, and salt. Stir to mix the seasonings in.
  • After the mixture has cooked through and is soft, add the turkey or chicken stock. Stir to combine. Continue cooking over medium heat, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the condensed cream of chicken and cream of celery soups to the vegetable/stock mixture.
  • Using a whisk, slowly incorporate the soups into the vegetable/stock mixture. Once everything is fully mixed, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Reserve.
  • Add the chopped scallions and parsley to the large mixing bowl with the cornbread/biscuit/cornflakes. Using your hands or a large spoon, toss the ingredients together.
  • In a separate bowl, crack and whisk together Three whole large eggs. Add the eggs to the bread/cornflake mixture. Mix gently with your hands or a large spoon. Reserve.
  • Once the vegetable/stock mixture has cooled completely, add this to the cornbread/biscuit/cornflake mixture. Gently mix and try to preserve some of the large chunks of cornbread and biscuits.
  • Once everything has been thoroughly combined, add the mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Baking the Cornbread Dressing

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C
  • Remove the Cornbread Dressing from the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for one hour.
  • After one hour, check to see if the top has started to brown. The Cornbread Dressing should be just set or even slightly wobbly. If the top is golden brown, remove it from the oven and cool for 8-10 minutes. To double-check, the internal temperature of the dressing should be 165°F/71°C. Serve warm.