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Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread stuffing is a comforting, flavorful classic that elevates Thanksgiving or any other meal. It’s golden brown, savory, and hearty — and sure to please!

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casserole dish with simple cornbread stuffing

If classic stuffing is on your Thanksgiving menu, you can easily elevate it with this corn bread stuffing recipe. The best part is that learning how to make cornbread dressing couldn’t be easier!

This homemade dish is often prepared from scratch with inspiration from cherished family recipes like grandma’s cornbread stuffing. Not only is this delicious cornbread recipe a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table, it can be enjoyed year-round. 

The ease of preparation only adds to its charm. With uncomplicated ingredients and straightforward steps, this old fashioned cornbread stuffing embodies the essence of homemade comfort food. 

Its versatility allows it to be customized to suit your taste, making it a perfect pairing for roasted poultry, ham, or even as a standalone delight. 

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You can pair it with some winter squash, green beans, candied yams, turkey breast, or just a blend of veggies.

ingredients for cornbread stuffing

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Corn bread: I use a packaged dry corn bread mix such as Stove Top or Pepperidge Farms. This allows the cornbread stuffing to be easier to make while still getting a ton of flavor.
  • Butter: Butter helps bring out the flavors in the herbs and corn bread mix. You can use a good olive oil in place of it if needed.
  • Veggies: I use chopped celery and onion to help bring flavor and more texture to the stuffing. You can omit the celery if needed, but I love the traditional-ness of it. Onions can be substituted for shallots.
  • Eggs: Eggs are used as a combining agent to help keep everything together.
  • Chicken Broth: Chicken broth brings some added moisture to the cornbread stuffing recipe to fluff up the dry corn bread and add flavor. Feel free to use leftover turkey broth or veggie broth. In a true pinch you can use water, but broth adds extra flavor.
  • Herbs: I use a blend of dried parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary. This gives the homemade cornbread stuffing recipe all the flavor. While you can make some substitutions here, I recommend using all the spices labeled for the full flavor.

How to make Cornbread Stuffing

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Start by making the cornbread as directed on the package — you can also make your own cornbread ahead of time. Once it’s done, let it cool, and then cut it into cornbread cubes or break it into pieces in a big bowl.

STEP TWO: Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Get a 1 to 2-quart baking dish and give it a light spray with cooking spray. Set it aside for now.

pan cooking some ingredients for cornbread stuffing

STEP THREE: In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Toss in the onion and celery, and let them sizzle for about 4-5 minutes until they’re nice and soft.

STEP FOUR: Add those flavorful veggies to your cornbread in the bowl. Sprinkle your favorite seasonings on top, and gently mix everything together.

pouring broth into bowl with stuffing

STEP FIVE: Crack the eggs into the chicken broth, give them a good whisk, and then pour this mixture over the cornbread stuffing mixture in the bowl. Stir everything together until it’s all well combined.

STEP SIX: Now, it’s time to transfer this tasty concoction into your prepared baking dish. Pop it into the oven and bake for around 25-30 minutes. Enjoy your delicious cornbread stuffing!

cornbread stuffing in casserole dish

Tips to Make the Best Corn Bread Stuffing Recipe

  • Allow the stuffing to rest for a few minutes after baking. This lets the flavors meld and makes serving easier.
  • Bake until your stuffing has a golden-brown hue on top, leaving you with a deliciously crisp texture.
  • When combining all the ingredients, mix gently to avoid crushing the cornbread pieces.
  • Use your leftover cornbread stuffing to make stuffed pork chops.

What to Serve with Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread Dressing pairs wonderfully at the Thanksgiving table with turkey, ham, and even a whole chicken.

You can serve with other classic holiday side dishes such as cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and my favorite – mac and cheese!

closeup of cornbread dressing

Variations to Making Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

  • Feel free to get creative with the spices and herbs in your stuffing. Many people like to incorporate dried herbs or fresh herbs like sage and rosemary to add more complex flavors.
  • This cornbread stuffing recipe tastes great with sausage! For turkey as an addition, consider adding in some oregano too!
  • Add in more veggies if you prefer! Traditional and mild choices like red or green bell peppers can seamlessly blend into the recipe. If you like it on the hotter side, try adding some jalapenos. 
  • Dried cranberries or craisins are a great addition to homemade cornbread stuffing because they really bring all of the classic Thanksgiving flavors into one dish. 

Can Cornbread Stuffing Be Made Ahead of Time?

You can absolutely prepare cornbread stuffing a day ahead!

Cook the stuffing as noted in the recipe, then simply place over it with plastic wrap. They’ll stay fresh in the fridge for about three days, maintaining their delicious flavors; however, longer times might lead to some dryness.

When it’s time to reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and warm the leftovers in there until they’re heated through to the center, ensuring that every bite is just as delicious as when it was freshly baked.

Cornbread stuffing in a white dish

Can You Freeze Cornbread Stuffing?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze this cornbread stuffing recipe!

After letting it cool down to room temperature, place it into an airtight container or a trusty freezer bag. 

Make sure to squeeze out any extra air, seal it up tightly, and mark the freezing date for future reference — it can stay delicious for up to three months in the freezer. 

When you’re ready to dive back into this comforting dish, just be patient and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Samantha Erb
Fast and easy cornbread stuffing is excellent for holidays and anytime you crave comfort food.
4.90 from 74 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 136 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 10 ounce package dry corn bread mix
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • ¾-1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the corn bread mix according to package directions. Cool completely, then chop or crumble into a large bowl.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 1 to 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a skillet set over medium heat, melt the butter. Saute the celery and onion for 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the vegetables to the bowl with the cornbread. Sprinkle the seasonings over and toss to combine. Whisk the eggs into the chicken broth, then pour over the contents of the bowl, mixing gently until well combined.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Notes

How to Reheat Cornbread Stuffing:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat until heated thoroughly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 329mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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