From-Scratch Cornbread Dressing Recipe

If you're like us here at Tasting Table, then you probably often dream about Thanksgiving dinner. While the turkey and ham are great main courses, the meal is really all about the side dishes. Most families serve potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and of course, dressing (or stuffing). But if you want a little Southern twist on the classic dressing, this from-scratch cornbread dressing should do the trick! It's a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and a whole lot of tasty. 

Recipe developer and wellness coach Miriam Hahn come up with this fun twist on traditional stuffing that would make a great side at your next dinner party. "This recipe is such a good traditional basic! I love that is 100% home made and tastes so fresh. For those that love a good cornbread stuffing, this is the one!" she raves. When most people think of dressing, they think of the holidays and this is great for that, but there are also plenty of other occasions that you can serve this tasty side at. "This recipe screams holidays but it does work well any time you are doing a formal, traditional dinner and are craving stuffing," Hahn shares. 

Gather the ingredients for this from-scratch cornbread dressing

Ready to start? Head to the store and pick up all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, butter, eggs, milk, cooking spray, celery, shallots, chicken broth, sage, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, beaten eggs, and fresh parsley or other fresh herbs.

Preheat the oven and whisk the dry ingredients

You will need an oven to cook the cornbread, so go ahead and crank the temperature to 400 F. While it gets hot, grab a mixing bowl and start the prep work. Toss in the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients well.

Finish making the batter and pour it into a baking dish

Make a little well in the center of your dry ingredients and add ⅓ cup of melted butter, the milk, and an egg. Mix well until blended.

Then, pour the batter into a baking dish and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the top gets a nice golden brown color. You can also check doneness by inserting a toothpick and making sure that it comes out clean.

Let the cornbread cool and crumble

After you remove the cornbread from the oven, set it on your counter and let it cool for at least an hour. Once it finishes cooling, crumble it up and add the crumbles to a plastic bag, leaving it unzipped on the counter for 24 hours.

Once the cornbread sits for a day-long period, preheat the oven to 400 F once again.

Cook the butter, celery, and shallots

Grab a frying pan and place it on your burner. Add the remaining butter and once it melts, toss in the celery and the shallots. Saute everything together for about 5 minutes.

Then, place the crumbled cornbread in a large bowl and add the chicken broth. Mix well to combine. "You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. A veggie bouillion cube works fine too," Hahn shares. "You can also substitute Earth Balance butter and soy milk if you want to make this dairy free." 

Season the cornbread and add veggies

Add the poultry seasoning, sage, salt, and pepper to season the cornbread. Then, you can stir in the celery and shallots. "The special ingredient is shallots. They are a little more mild than standard onions and have a hint of caramelized sweetness that adds a lot to this dish," Hahn shares. Next, beat two eggs and add them to the same bowl as the other ingredients.

Bake and serve your from-scratch cornbread dressing

Pour the cornbread into a 9x13-inch baking dish and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes, and remove the cover for the last 15 minutes, so the top gets browned.

Once you remove it from the oven, you can serve it as you wish. "I like serving this with fresh herbs like parsley, thyme or even basil. It is very good with gravy also," Hahn suggests. And one more note — be sure to save any leftovers that you may have! "Leftovers are great for 3-5 days," Hahn shares. 

From-Scratch Cornbread Dressing Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
It's always better when it's homemade, and this from-scratch cornbread recipe is proof!
Prep Time
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cornbread dressing in pan
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and spray a 9x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine well.
  3. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add ⅓ cup of melted butter, milk, and 1 egg. Mix until blended
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let the cornbread cool for an hour then crumble it into a large Ziploc and leave unzipped on the counter for 24 hours.
  6. When the cornbread has sat for a day, you can finish the recipe.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  8. Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan and add the celery and shallots. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  9. Put the crumbled cornbread into a large bowl and add the broth. Mix well. Add the poultry seasoning, sage, salt, and pepper.
  10. Stir in the celery and shallots. Beat the remaining 2 eggs and add to the bowl.
  11. Pour the dressing into a 9x13-inch baking dish and cover. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove cover the last 15 minutes so the top gets browned.
Calories per Serving 263
Total Fat 10.2 g
Saturated Fat 5.6 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 62.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.9 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
Total Sugars 14.6 g
Sodium 424.0 mg
Protein 6.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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