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Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing

My grandmother’s Southern Cornbread Dressing is one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Make this dressing recipe and you won’t be disappointed!  

southern cornbread dressing in a white casserole dish

Is it weird that I am the food blogger of the family but I joke that when the time comes for me to take over hosting Thanksgiving dinner we are all going out to eat?  I think it’s just the pressure of preparing the different dishes to be ready all at the same time that intimidates me.  Some days I can’t even boil noodles and cook sauce concurrently.

Next week you will find my grandmother (named Mia), my mom, and my sister busy frying the turkey and making homemade cloverleaf rolls, pecan pie, sweet potatoes, and, of course, Mia’s cornbread dressing.  Mia’s southern-style cornbread dressing is definitely one of my favorite parts of our Thanksgiving traditions.

I wish you all had a Mia to make you cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving, and to be your #1 fan every day of the year.  Every time I see her she tells me how proud of me she is, or how pretty I look, or how smart I am.  And she makes me believe it.  It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my life at the time, I know that my Mia really means every word.

I know this southern-style dressing will be a hit at your Thanksgiving feast!  It’s also delicious reheated the next day!

picture of my grandparents

What’s Needed for Southern Cornbread Dressing? 

To make my grandma’s cornbread dressing recipe, you’ll need the following: 

  • Cornbread 
  • Canned biscuits 
  • Sliced bread
  • Onions
  • Butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Chicken bouillon cube
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Milk
  • Spices (poultry seasoning, sage, and pepper) 
  • Eggs
  • Baking powder
southern dressing in a white casserole dish

How to Make Southern Cornbread Dressing 

  1. Bake the cornbread and the biscuits as directed on their packages. Toast the bread slices. Set everything aside. 
  2. Saute the onions in some butter, then add the broth and bouillon cube. 
  3. Cube the cornbread. Tear the biscuits and toasted bread into pieces. 
  4. Add the bread, biscuits, and cornbread to a large bowl. Mix in the onion-broth mixture, followed by the remaining ingredients. 
  5. Pour into two greased casserole dishes, then bake. 

How to Reheat Cornbread Dressing 

Reheat the southern-style dressing either in individual servings in the microwave or the entire dish in the oven for about 30 minutes until warmed through. 

Can You Freeze Cornbread Dressing? 

Yes! This southern-style cornbread dressing freezes beautifully! I cut it into squares after it had been refrigerated, then froze it between parchment paper to make it easier to reheat individual servings in the microwave. However, you could also just freeze the whole batch and reheat it in the oven.

Can I Prep Southern Dressing in Advance? 

Yes! You can prep the southern cornbread dressing up to 3 days in advance, refrigerate it, then bake it off when you’re ready to eat. 

a spoon digging into a dish of southern style dressing

Tips for Making My Grandma’s Cornbread Dressing 

  • We make this southern dressing recipe with chicken broth because we fry our turkey, but if you have turkey broth available, use that instead for even more flavor!  
  • Also, be sure to taste the dressing before adding the eggs to make sure the seasoning is right for you. Depending on how salty your broth is, you may need to also add a pinch of salt.
  • I love to make leftover turkey sandwiches on homemade rolls with this dressing.

More Thanksgiving Side Dishes: 

southern style cornbread dressing

Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing

3.84 from 74 votes
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Emily Grace

Ingredients

  • 4 (6) oz pkgs cornbread baked & cubed
  • 2 cans biscuits baked & torn or cut into small pieces
  • 12 slices of bread toasted & torn or cut into small pieces
  • 6 onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cans chicken broth
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp sage
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 8 eggs beaten
  • 2 tbsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Bake cornbread as directed on package. Bake biscuits as directed on package. Toast bread. Set aside to cool.
  • Saute chopped onions with 1/2 cup butter in a large stock pot over medium-low heat.
  • Add 2 cans of chicken broth and chicken bouillon cube, simmer till really soft.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cube the cornbread into small pieces. Tear the biscuits and bread into small pieces. 
  • Mix cubed cornbread, torn biscuits, and bread in a large bowl.
  • Add onion broth mixture + remaining can of broth, soup, milk, and seasoning. Be sure to taste- add more pepper, sage, etc now if needed.
  • Add beaten eggs and baking powder. If the mixture is too dry, add more chicken broth; you want it to be a moist, loose mixture.
  • Pour into two large casserole dishes that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 375 degrees until browned, about 30-45 minutes. Cooking time depends on the depth of casserole dishes used and how brown you like your dressing.

Notes

We use Martha White Gladiola Yellow cornbread and Pillsbury Grands Jr. biscuits.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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Susie

Monday 24th of December 2018

I’ve been looking for a dressing recipe, I’m going to try & make this for Christmas dinner??❄️???☃️ I’ll keep you posted?

Marie Miller

Monday 19th of November 2018

Am I to understand raw not cooked eggs go into the mixture. I want to try this recipe but a bit sqeemish about the raw egg component when I've always added boiled chopped eggs to my corbread dressing Thanks for your response.

Emily Grace

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Correct - add raw eggs. They will bake.

Amy West

Sunday 18th of November 2018

I've never put baking powder in dressing. What is the difference in the taste and texture than dressing without it?

Susie

Monday 24th of December 2018

Did you make it?

Emily Grace

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Hi Amy- baking powder is just a leavening agent that will help "fluff" up the dressing. It should be tasteless.

Hava Weissberg

Friday 16th of November 2018

I am lactose intolerant but this recipe looks great. Do you think I can leave out the cream of chicken soup? If not, can you recommend a substitute? Thanks!

Emily Grace

Friday 16th of November 2018

Hi Hava- I haven't tried that personally but it should be fine to omit it, though the final flavor may not be as strong. I did also find this recipe for dairy free cream of chicken soup: https://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/dairy-free-and-gluten-free-cream-chicken-soup/ Hope that helps! :)

Lisa Carroll

Thursday 15th of November 2018

how far ahead could you make this? I was thinking of making it for our Sunday church dinner, but also wanted it for Thursday, Thanksgiving...is 5 days to long to refrigerate?

Emily Grace

Friday 16th of November 2018

Hi Lisa- I would only recommend refrigerating it for up to three days. You can certainly freeze it though - it freezes very well! Hope this helps.

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