This Easy Cornbread Dressing recipe, or stuffing if you prefer, is a must for a family’s Thanksgiving holiday table. At our house it would not be Thanksgiving without it. Hopefully, it will become your favorite too.
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Cornbread Dressing – A Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish
Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving if there were no cornbread dressing on our holiday table alongside the turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry fluff, orcranberry sauce, or if you prefer Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce.
When I was a kid the food I looked forward to the most at Thanksgiving was the cornbread dressing. The only time we had it was at Thanksgiving. So it became extra special.
It was one of the few times of year that the entire family was together around one table. My Dad had time off work and did the cooking, which was another reason to look forward to Thanksgiving because he was an outstanding cook.
HomeMade Cornbread or Cornbread Stuffing Mix?
This recipe is a shortcut recipe for those who may not have time to make cornbread a day or two ahead of time, and let it dry out.
This recipe uses a prepackaged dry cornbread stuffing mix to save time, yet it is still delicious. Be sure to buy the cornbread stuffing mix (I like Pepperidge Farm) and NOT cornbread mix.
However, if you want to make the cornbread dressing / stuffing from scratch, just substitute my Easy Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread for the prepackaged cornbread stuffing mix and let the cornbread dry out for at least 24 hours.
For me, the deciding factor about whether to use cornbread or cornbread stuffing mix is the amount of time I have before I have to serve it. If I have two days available before Thanksgiving to prepare for the holiday dinner, then I will make cornbread. However, if I’m working up until Thanksgiving, then I will use the cornbread stuffing mix instead of making cornbread.
How to Make Easy Cornbread Dressing?
You will need the following ingredients to make this Easy Cornbread Dressing.
- Fresh Parsley
- Cornbread Stuffing Mix
- Poultry Seasoning
- Black Pepper
- Chicken Broth
Start out by sautéing fresh celery and onions in butter. If you want you can add minced garlic as well.
Empty the bag of cornbread stuffing mix into a large bowl and add the sautéed vegetables on top. Then pour the chicken broth over the top. Then add the sage, black pepper, and poultry seasoning.
Spoon the cornbread dressing into a casserole dish and bake for about 30 minutes.
Tips for Perfect Easy Cornbread Dressing
I like to add additional seasoning to the cornbread stuffing mix, including poultry seasoning and sage, which is delicious but strong.
If you are not used to the taste of sage, for the first time you make the recipe, you may want to add half the amount of sage to start out with and see how you like it. You can always add more.
I would also recommend using the amount of chicken broth as a guide. Add it slowly to get the stuffing just moist enough. The chopped celery and onions give the stuffing great flavor and texture.
That is all there is to making this Easy Cornbread Dressing. Give it a try before Thanksgiving so you can tweak the amounts of seasoning to your taste.
Serve it with the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, such as green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole. Enjoy!
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Easy Cornbread Dressing
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 packages cornbread stuffing mix I use Pepperidge Farm
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
- 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
- 4 1/2 cups chicken broth or as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the chopped celery and onion into the skillet and cook until slightly soft, approximately 5 minutes.
- Empty the bag of the cornbread stuffing mix into a large bowl.
- Pour the vegetable mixture over cornbread mixture.
- Add the chicken broth and mix well. Add additional broth if necessary to get the necessary moistness.
- Add salt, pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning.
- Pour mixture into a baking pan and bake in a preheated oven until dressing is heated through, about 30 minutes.
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