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Homemade Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe ~Soul Food Style~

Homemade Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe ~Soul Food Style~

***UPDATED RECIPE*** I created this post in 2009 but updated it with a video.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a flavorful, homemade Southern Cornbread dressing then let me share with you my grandmothers recipe. This dressing is usually the ONLY dressing I will eat. It is moist, full of that soul food flavor and as southern as it gets! I’m talking Elberton, Georgia southern!! (lol sorry fam I just had to put that in there)

southern cornbread dressing recipe

My grandmother has been making this dressing for EVERYBODY’S Thanksgiving since I was a baby. People put in their requests for her to make them a pan for their Thanksgiving dinner months ahead of time.

Grandma's Homemade Cornbread Dressing

My Grandma’s Homemade Cornbread Dressing Before It Get’s Devoured On Thanksgiving!

When she gave me this recipe I was surprised to discover how easy it was. All this time I thought it was some complicated process. Now if you want this dressing to be darker then you can put in more seasonings. My grandmother puts in a crap load, but I find it tastes delish with just a teaspoon of each, especially if I’m going to be serving it with some flavorful gravy.

If you have a favorite southern cornbread recipe (not the sweet kind)  then use that. If not I’ve listed a basic, easy one below.


Watch me make this southern cornbread dressing recipe from start to finish!

 

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Homemade Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe ~Soul Food Style~
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • BASIC CORNBREAD
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • SOUTHERN DRESSING
  • Cornbread (9x9 inch pan) (my grandmother always uses day old cornbread)
  • 1 cup onions, diced (about half of a large onion)
  • 1 cup of celery, diced (about 3 stalks)
  • 1 cup of green bell peppers diced (about 1 medium green bell pepper. You could also add in some red bell pepper as well if you'd like)
  • 3 pieces of toast
  • 1 shredded chicken breast
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 cups of chicken or turkey broth
  • Seasoning (poultry seasonings, sage, black pepper, ) *see recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. In a bowl, stir together the cornmeal & flour.
  3. Add in the buttermilk, eggs & oil. Stir until combined.
  4. Pour into a greased, shallow baking dish or iron skillet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until set. Let cool.
  5. When your cornbread has cooled, break it up in a large bowl, along with the toast.
  6. Saute onions, celery and green bell peppers in a little bit of butter until tender.
  7. Add the shredded chicken & the sautéed veggies into the cornbread mixture. Use your hands to really mix it up good.
  8. Add in some spices. I usually start with a teaspoon of each and then add more after I put the broth in if it needs it. Mix it up well.
  9. Next add in the broth a little at a time. Add in just enough to make it thick & kinda soupy. Stir it up.
  10. Give it a taste. It should taste exactly the way you want your dressing to taste. If it needs more spices add them in here.
  11. When you are content with the taste, go ahead and stir in the eggs.
  12. Pour into a buttered 9 X 13 casserole pan.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes or until set.
Notes
Be sure to taste it before adding in the eggs and adjust the seasonings to your liking. You can also use chicken thighs for more flavor. My grandmother uses red bell pepper as well sometimes. It's best to use cornbread that is a few days old since it's not as moist. Dry cornbread makes the best dressing!
 

Now all you need is some juicy turkey and home-style gravy!!

68 comments

  1. Here I go again. I made this dressing recipe twice. My family loves it. I use my own basic corn bread recipe; but everything else is from directions. For years I thought making dressing was a difficult thing. But this one was very easy to follow. Thank you Monique. Your website has been a blessing for me. I waited until I got old before the desire to cook hit me. And now with the help of your cookbooks and website, I am able to prepare meals with the great southern flavors of my childhood.

  2. OMG Monique!! My family is from Elberton Georgia too! I am going to try this dressing for Christmas! I pray it turns out like yours!

  3. Girl, thank you for sharing! I made this for Thanksgiving and my husband said he was in heaven! The kids have already begged me to make more for Christmas, 2 pans at that! It was good, it was authentic and more than that, IT WAS EASY! Blessings to you honey!

  4. I made this for Thanksgiving! Oh Lawd! I had to make another pan the next morning! My husband LOVED IT and the kids thought it was the best dressing I had ever made. It’s on the menu for Christmas dinner so thanks girl for showing THIS diva how to cook!

  5. Love love love this recipe! Now I can “almost” cook like grandma. My family raved about this recipe on Thanksgiving! I used a cornbread mix to make the cornbread, but the dressing was still fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Ms. Monique,

    I want to thank you. This is by far the best dressing I ever made. It tastes close to the way my mother used to make. My family loved it, and I will be making it again next year. Thanks again,…Felicia.

  7. All I can say is THE BOMB!!!! Girl delicious, you are awesome.

  8. Hello, I just want to say thanks for this recipe. This was my first time making dressing since my family and I have moved out of town from all of our family. I will making your cabbage, cheese cake and Mac n cheese in the morning!! Yassss
    Have a happy thanksgiving :)

  9. Guh, I’m making this tomorrow for Thanksgiving 2013! I watched the video, got some clarity and now I’m ready. It’s gonna be on and poppin in Mama Neena’s kitchen, ok?! Thank you Lovie!

  10. What is southern dressing..the ingredient listed?

  11. I have been desperate for some good ole’ southern cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving this year. I wanted to make it myself since this will be the first time in a long that my husband and I will be hosting Thanksgiving at our home. I know what the dressing recipe I am looking for looks like, so I had been searching for pictures. When I came across a picture of your dressing, I was like YES that’s the kind of southern dressing I am looking for. I am super excited about trying this recipe and I will come by a let you know how it turns out. I AM SO EXCITED.

  12. I was wondering what does the toast do for your cornbread. I make my cornbread pretty much the same way you do I just have never put toast in it. TIA

  13. Absolutely the best dressing I’ve ever made!!! My Family love it last year and you best believe I’ll be making it again this year!! Thank so much for sharing! :-)

  14. Hi Monique, I’m so glad to have found this recipe. My husband and son are returning from visiting my in-laws so I wanted to surprise them with a special dinner. I’ve grown up with someone else always making the cornbread dressing and lately I’ve decided that I need to learn some of my favorite recipes instead of waiting for others to do it. I’m using my own cornbread recipe, but following your dressing recipe. I’ll be back next week to post my results!

  15. HAHA! I see you talking about Elberton, I am right up the road in Athens. I am going to try this recipe tomorrow!

  16. blackdudecrappyfood1985

    OK so it took me 5hrs to make this and the macaroni……it looked good but taste deplorable lbvs. First and last time doing that( most men can’t cook is true).

  17. Hello Monique, I have more of a question than a comment. I want to make this cornbread dressing for the first time and i want to make sure that i get everything right. So I was looking at your video and I wanted to know do you use both chicken broth and a turkey paste or just chicken broth. I could not understand what you were saying.

  18. This recipe is wonderful! Each year I search for the elusive perfect cornbread dressing recipe like my Mom made (she never shared her recipes so I have lived years in the dark) and this recipe is spot on. I shared some with friends and have even converted a die hard Yankee white bread stuffed in the turkey (YUK!) fan. Hallelujah! It was moist and so-o-o-o flavorful. Thanks Monique!

  19. I am a new follower and already hooked! I was turned on to your site by the girls at work. I see many folks saying that this is our way to keep old fashioned recipes alive as elders pass on. Just wanted to share that we began taping my grandmother during the holidays as she made some of our family staples. Of course, we could not capture the secret ingredients lol but we got the main stuff. It is a great fun activity and we will have the footage for years to come. Love the site, thank you!

  20. Ok, so being from another country- dressing wasn’t a typical dish for us. But since I was introduced to it, I have come to love it. But could not make it until you Monique!
    I tried making the stuffing with the box mix but it didn’t come out right- tossed it out and then decided to search for ‘cornbread dressing’ recipes on the internet. That is how I found you Monique and since then, I have been addicted to your site. I watch videos on my cell phone, my work PC, when I get home. It is an addiction!
    The moral of this story is that I made this dressing for this past thanksgiving potluck and it was a hit! Very moist and flavorful (just the way I like it) 
    Thanks Monique.

  21. Monique, I’ve been a lurker for over a year now and I have tried several of your recipes with great success. My husband and I had to move our Thanksgiving to this Monday so I’m excited to be making this dressing. My aunt is a chef and adds sausage and dried cranberries and it’s always been a hit, however, I will be adding chicken and sausage to one half for my husband, and chicken, sausage, and cranberries on the other half for me. I can’t wait to see how it turns out as I’m brining my turkey (using your recipe) tonight! Thanks, from another Diva.

  22. I tried this recipe over Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! I added cooked country/sage sausage in addition to chicken. For the chicken I bought a cooked rotisserie bird from the grocery store to save time. And tasting, tasting, tasting before adding the eggs is key. It was a real winner. I also enjoyed making my first cornbread for the stuffing. For me, I was heavy handed on the sage and black pepper which gave it a wonderful taste!

    • My Kaku made the best cornbread dressing..but what i was going to say as well i am always heavy handed with the sage and black pepper..my dressing was always eaten up….my mom makes that dressing from bread i do not like …my dad iit’s the only one he will eat..so i have to bring my cornbread…cuz i like it better….HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL

  23. I made this for Thanksgiving and my husband love it. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  24. Tried this today for Thanksgiving. First time ever making it. Great recipe and easy to swallow

  25. Not only do I appreciate the recipes, but I absolutely love, love, love the presentation! You are too funny and truly make cooking a joy Monique!

  26. Thanks for the recipe, going to try it. Where is the recipe for the seasoning,it says it follows??

  27. Does it make a diff w white or yellow cornmeal?

  28. Monique, like you I thought dressing was too complicated and would not prepare it. My mom died when I was young girl but I remember her dressing was delicious but no matter how I tried I could not duplicate the flavor so I stopped making it and used stove top instead. However, last year I came across your web site with this recipe and decided to go for it. Was I glad I did. It was easy to prepare and it had the flavors of my mom’s dressing (minus giblets). My family loved it. Now I don’t dread making dressing and it is on my thanks day menu this year. Instead of the breast I want to use thighs because I find thighs have more flavor and are not as dry. My question to you is do you prefer bone-in or boneless chicken? Thank you and keep sharing the delicious recipes.

  29. I came across this site and absolutely fell in love, this is my first time making dressing and it came out wonderful! I will be using this recipe for the holidays.

  30. I made this the other day simply because I had a taste for some dressing (didn’t have any at Christmas). I was so impressed by how easy it was. I have made dressing before, but it has never tasted this good. Thank you so much for the recipe. What a ministry you have!

    I did add some extra broth to mine because it wasn’t moist enough for my liking. Other than that, it was fab!!! We are on day two of the dressing today, and it is very moist and incredibly flavorful.

  31. Hi Monique! Thanks for sharing your delicious knowledge. Is there a “Print This Recipe” link for this reciple (homemade southern cornbread dressing)? I appreciate your time and devotion to preparing good food and helping those of us who just didn’t have clue (’til now-lol).

  32. Made this for Thanksgiving.DELICIOUS!!!! Yum, yum, yum is how it tasted. Thanks Monique for sharing. :-)))

  33. I used this recipe for Turkey Day and it was a hit, thank you Monique for sharing these delicious and easy recipes with us. I will definitely be making this again in the future!

  34. I tried this recipe and let me just say…I no longer have to call my Mom asking what she uses in her cornbread dressing. It taste exactly like hers and it was like the comfort of home when I took my first to last bite! Oh my goodness I wish I’d found you sooner. Thank you and God bless you for sharing recipes passed through the generations of your family. It was the bomb!!!!

  35. This year is my first time making dressing for Thanksgiving. I told my mom and sister in law I wanted to do it… I grew up on dressing out of a box with gizzards added (not a fan of gizzards) so am SO EXCITED that found this recipe. I followed everything step no substitutions, the kitchen smells wonderful and my hubby did a taste test on my seasoning and LOVED IT! I said a prayer and believing GOD is blessing the dish in the oven to come out DELISH! I want to pass down homemade cooking to our daughter who is now 7. I grew up knowing boxes too much!

  36. I”m using this recipe and the pecan pie one and my pecan pies have never looked this beautiful before! I’m trying to wait til tomorrow but my curiosity has the best of me. I’ll let you know how both turned out. Thank you for sharing a lil bit of your soul to soul traditions Monique!

  37. I’m going to try this recipe out for Turkey Day! I have never seen bell peppers in dressing until now and I want to see how that works out in dressing.
    I’ll probably add sage since my family loves sage based dressing….

  38. Hello,

    How can I print this recipe?

    Thanks

  39. I will be using this recipes for thanksgiving

  40. Hi Monique

    I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend to give me a little practice before the “Big Turkey Day”. You mentioned to use your cornbread recipe, but I do not see a recipe for it. Where can I find it at? I don’t want to half way do the recipe. lol

  41. yes ma’am! this is what brought me to the site in the first place! ur recipes have been consistent and i greatly appreciate what you do!thank you thank you thank you!

  42. thank u sooo much.. been waiting for this video.. 2 questions 1) is that red bell pepper 2) if i double the recipe do i double to cooking time (might b a silly question)

  43. Thank you I made my very first dressing and it came out perfect.I’m amazed how simple it was.I’m so proud of myself.but the real credit goes to your grandma.thanks again.

  44. Hi, your recipe looks great and similar to how my mom and dad make the dressing. I want to surprise them by making the dressing this year. I would like to make one dressing with turkey broth and another without the broth as I am a vegetarian. Do you know what I can use to substitute for chicken or turkey broth that would create a similar flavor?

    Thanks!

  45. I was feaning for some cornbread dressing and found your site the kids and I got busy and man was it worth it! Thank you so much I’m cooking this dressing always so good!!! Yum!

  46. Generic Viagra

    Thanks for providing such provocative food but don’t get me wrong, I have a similar blog and I'll do the same recipe, so I will do a "copy paste" in my website.

  47. I happened upon this site looking for the "sistas" way of cooking dressing. I had all the ingredients, just the the DIRECTIONS. OMG!! thanks for sharing

  48. Monique –

    I hosted my first Christmas dinner and your recipes came in handy. I made your Red Velvet cake, cornbread stuffing, and mac and cheese. I will post a review at each recipe.

    I don't eat stuffing but everyone said how flavorful and moist the stuffing was.

    Thanks again!

  49. I have searched the web for southern recipes, just like grandma used to make. Every recipe I tried turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

  50. My 12 old daughter made the sweet potato pie. The recipe was easy for her to understand. It tasted amazing!!! Just like her grandmother's or better. But we will never tell her that. You have given a young girl so much confidence with your recipes, style and wit. We Love You. Happy New Year.

  51. You are my new favorite Diva Chef. My mother can never tell me how much ingredients to use or how long to cook it. You give me enough info to get started and correct to my flavor. I made the cornbreading dressing on Thanksgiving and it tasted just like me grandmother's recipe. Now, you know that was good! My husband and kids are begging for more this Christmas and Easter. It's okay, let them think its only for special occassions. They will be surprised when I make it for Sunday dinner. Now my 12 year old daughter wants to make the sweet potato pie (store bought crusts) I will let you know how it goes…
    Keep doing what you do.

  52. My grandmother made the dressing every year. Well now aunts bring dressing that is either cardboard or just flavorless. I made yours this thanksgiving and received complete silence. The secret of tasting to make sure the flavor is what you want is the key. It was a big hit and people are still talking about it.

  53. Thanks Monique! You saved me this Thanksgiving. My aunt usually makes the cornbread dressing and was unable to this year due to illness.

    Your grandma's recipe is flavorful and moist. I was really impressed with myself, very easy recipe.

    Thanks again and keep giving us great recipes.

    You're the best!

  54. I've always been in search of that chocolate layer cake that dreams are made of. Although I've found a few in patty la belles and Silvia's in new york cook books, they are sometimes not as moist. I need one that passing the "stick to the fork" taste. Any help! No recipes using store bought cake mix, please.

  55. This post is from one of the brothers that cook. I like many of my counterparts do the majority of the cooking for our families. I think that's probably why I've been married so long, yea! Anyway i did write and gave Monigue big ups for the great work she's doing. Her dressing recipe was superb, but can i add this for anyone who would like to try.

    My dad was also the family cook, straight out of Newton county Miss.(Forest,Ms). Although he couldn't touch my mom his dressing was a thing of beauty. He made up his dressing the same way, but when the bird was cooked half way he would us the juice from the bird to mix with the chicken broth. Then he would pour the dressing in the same pan with the half cooked bird and let it finish cooking, yea all together, sometimes he would break up the bird some. When it was done, with that light brown top, it was wonderful.
    I wish this network would keep the old fashioned recipes alive, they r so hard to find as our elders leave us.

    • I usually take the neck,& giblets from the turkey and cook with onions, celery, poultry seasoning, black pepper, salt, garlic powder (whatever seasonings you like) and boil until done and there’s your broth. I usually use a large pot with 1/2-3/4 filled with water.

  56. Ok so I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes because I just made my first batch of dressing EVER…all thanks to you and this easy recipe. My mother's dressing was delicious and everyone loved it. However, she passed away before passing the secrets on to me. Now, thanks to you, I can finally start my own traditions. Thanks for the recipe and keep up the good work!

  57. This is EXACTLY how my grandmother makes hers and everybody loves it as well. I think you should state that you shouldn't add in too much broth or your dressing will be super wet & soggy instead of moist when it's done.

    I just pour in enough until the cornbread is really soggy, but not swimming in broth.

    I also cook mine for 1 hour.

    You have some great recipes! Very true to soul food! I'm glad you don't replace ingredients with fat-free items and substitute ingredients. Not that there is anything wrong with that but it's just getting so hard to find AUTHENTIC southern soul food recipes these days.

    Keep up the good work.

  58. that is almost too simple! but isn't it funny how usually the simplest ingredients and recipes are the best. am definitely trying this for thanksgiving! thanks!

  59. I LOVE this blog!
    Thanks for sharing! I mix my cut up veggies in with my cornbread when I bake it. Lazy but it works! lol

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