Southern Cornbread Dressing

November 8, 2018

Southern Cornbread Dressing is one of the quintessential dishes to learn how to make for any Southern Belle. Southerners have a deep love for Traditional Cornbread Dressing. Everyone has their spin on it, but the main ingredients will traditionally always be somewhat the same.

The recipe that I am sharing with Y’all is a spin-off of my Grannie’s (Nettie Viola). I love that sweet name, by the way. She made the best Corn Bread Dressing; I ever had, it was simple and to the point. She lovingly made it with leftover white cornbread, homemade chicken broth, chunks of dark chicken meat, onions, a few herbs, and seasonings.


Southern Cornbread Dressing The recipe Southern Cornbread Dressing shown here uses a day-old white cornbread, a few leftover homemade biscuits, chunks of dark meat chicken, celery, onions, butter, homemade chicken broth, egg, poultry seasoning, sage, Cajun Seasoning, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Some of the recipes I have noticed on the internet call for a can of gravy or condensed soup to flavor them. I have never had it made this way because our family recipe is so darn good and so flavorful I can’t see adding anything more to it. Have you ever had it made that way? If so, let me know in the comment section what you think about it. I always love hearing from you.



Southern Cornbread Dressing Traditional Cornbread Dressing may also contain some other ingredients such as chopped hardboiled eggs, Oysters, chicken gizzards, sage sausage, or even andouille sausage depending on the family’s handed down recipe.

There are multiple recipes on Pinterest for what they call “Authentic Southern Cornbread Dressing,” If you are from the South, you can generally pick out the real deal recipes versus the Faux Southern Bandwagon recipes. There are certain things we are not going to add to our Cornbread Dressing. 




Southern Cornbread DressingYou usually won’t find the more traditional Southern cornbread dressings made with white bread or any other slices of bread, such as wheat or rye. You may see a mixture of cornbread, biscuits, or even cornbread, and saltines at times, but the addition of other types of bread is usually a modern or non-Southern addition.

Some of you may be asking, What is the difference between Dressing and Stuffing? A dressing is traditionally made in a casserole dish and not “stuffed” in the bird. While stuffing is just that, stuffed in a bird. Usually, they are made a little differently, as well. Filling tends to be primarily from real bread instead of cornbread.




Southern Cornbread Dressing





Tips for Southern Cornbread Dressing

  1. Make the White cornbread a day ahead of time.
  2. Do not use yellow cornbread or a yellow cornbread mix such as Jiffy to make the cornbread. The taste is completely off and not at all what you are looking for when making this recipe.
  3. Use either Homemade Chicken broth or a quality brand of broth, not stock.
  4. Use dark meat in the Cornbread Dressing instead of chicken breasts for optimal flavor. 
  5. Taste your dressing before adding eggs to see if the seasoning is on point.




Ingredients List

  • Unsalted butter
  • Yellow onion
  • Celery
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Sage
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Stale biscuits
  • Day-old white cornbread
  • Chicken thighs
  • Chicken broth
  • Eggs
  • Cooking spray







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Southern Cornbread Dressing

Heidy McCallum
Southern Cornbread Dressing is one of the quintessential dishes to learn how to make for any Southern Belle. Southerners have a deep love for a Traditional Cornbread Dressing. Everyone has their own spin on it but the main ingredients will traditionally always be fairly the same.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Servings 16 People
Calories 581 kcal


  • 1 ½ sticks Unsalted butter
  • 1 large Yellow onion chopped
  • 4 ribs Sliced celery
  • 1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Sage
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt, to own taste
  • ½ teaspoon Freshly cracked black pepper, to own taste
  • 5 Dry crumbled homemade biscuits
  • 8 cups Stale white cornbread, crumbled
  • 2 cups Chopped dark chicken meat
  • 5 cups Chicken broth + more if needed
  • 2 large Eggs beaten
  • Cooking spray


  • Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat, add unsalted butter, let the butter melt before adding onions, celery, poultry seasoning, sage, Cajun seasoning, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until slightly softened. About 5 minutes
  • In a large bowl add the dry crumbled biscuits, white cornbread, chopped chicken, sauteed veggies, and the butter from the veggies. Mix thoroughly before adding chicken broth and beaten eggs. Mix again until all ingredients are combined
  • Place in a pretreated glass casserole dish large enough to hold the mixture. Bake in a preheated 350 Degree F oven 45 minutes covered.


Serving: 01Calories: 581kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 15gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1171mgPotassium: 349mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 628IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 184mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cornbread, Cornbread Dressing, Dressing, Stuffing
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  • Reply
    November 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for this! This recipe sounds like the closest thing to my Grandma’s and since she isn’t here anymore I have been trying to duplicate it for years. Come close but not quite and have been just winging it. I am going to make this for Thanksgiving next week and I’ll try to remember to come back and let you know how it came out. I actually have never heard of white cornbread before, so I’m taking your advice on that one because I have always used the yellow. Maybe that will be the secret!

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    November 4, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    This sounds so good! I love the idea of using leftover homemade biscuits and that flavorful cajun seasoning! What an awesome dish for the holidays 😀

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      August 27, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Thank you so much, Tammy!

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    Adriana Lopez Santibañez
    November 4, 2019 at 11:55 am

    This Southern Cornbread Dressing just sounds so yummy and screams full of flavor, loved that you are adding cajun seasoning to the recipe. I bet adds a nice slight kick. Great idea for my Thanksgiving meal this year.

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      August 27, 2020 at 11:48 am

      So glad you enjoyed it Adriana!

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    November 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

    This Southern Cornbread Dressing is really amazing tasting! Such a great addition for us to add to our Thanksgiving menu this year!

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    November 4, 2019 at 11:43 am

    This Southern Cornbread Dressing looks great. It’s perfect for the holidays this year too.

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    November 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I love the name Nettie Viola too! Your cornbread stuffing sounds fantastic, with everything from scratch. I’d love to try it!

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      Heidy McCallum
      November 12, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, such a cute Southern name!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    November 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Ok this is the ULTIMATE Thanksgiving recipe!! Nothing better than real cornbread stuffing!

    • Reply
      May 7, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Thank you, Liz, we enjoy it on many holidays and so forth. So yummo!

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    Cooking Journey
    November 9, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Never tried making dressing like this with corn bread. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 7, 2019 at 11:57 am

      I hope you try it, so darn good! Thanks for sharing today.

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    Andrea Metlika
    November 9, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    This looks wonderful! Gets me ready for the Holidays just looking at it.

    • Reply
      May 7, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Hey there, Andrea, you just made my day.

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    Adrianne - Sweet Caramel Sunday
    November 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I did wonder about the difference between dressings and stuffings but you have clarified that for me. Yum, I will try for Christmas!! Cheers

    • Reply
      May 7, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Hey there, so glad that helped explain everything.

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