Homemade cornbread dressing is a must for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners.This dish was originally made just for stuffing turkeys, but proved so popular that people began making it in large casserole dishes & baking pans as a side dish. Cooking dressing in a turkey can over extend the baking time needed & really, those darn turkeys just didn’t hold enough dressing! It’s important to prepare it properly, bake it thoroughly & refrigerate it before & after cooking.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of cornbread dressing recipes available & every family has their own favorite. But, if you want the traditional, “All-American Southern Cornbread Dressing”, I suggest you try our ingredients. We combine cornbread & bread crumbs, eggs, onions, celery & butter, along with pecans & fresh apples, & homemade turkey stock.
Check out our video on how our slow-cooked cornbread dressing is made. See all the ingredients in our famous dressing & learn what you might put into yours. I’ll discuss prep work, mixing it & how to store it. Sorry, no proportions in the video…that would mean giving out our recipe!
Homemade cornbread: homemade bread: sautéed onions & fresh celery: cooked sausage: fresh eggs: melted butter: salt & pepper: stock. We like to add sage (fresh if possible) apples, pecans & homemade turkey stock (none of that broth in a box, please). Check out Julia Child’s cookbook for additional directions.
2. Prep Work
- Break cold cornbread into crumbs
- Thoroughly dry bread & crumble
- Sauté onions & celery (cook until soft – do not fry)
- Fry & grate sausage
- Toast pecans
- Peel & chop apples
- Mix spices & salt & pepper
- Melt butter
- Beat eggs
- Prepare turkey stock
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & mix thoroughly.
Pre-heat oven to 400°
Put mixture in a baking dish & place in pre-heated oven for about an hour or until golden brown.
5. Serving & Storage
Serve immediately; or if you wish cool down, cover & freeze. It will be ready to reheat at your convenience. Cornbread dressing is fragile, it will dry out or spoil if not handled carefully.
Cornbread dressing – southern style, is the perfect holiday, Thanksgiving or Christmas dish. Especially if it’s cooked with the proper ingredients! Combine with careful preparation & your dressing will impress your family, friends & co-workers. We hope this video helps you better understand what goes into great southern cornbread dressing is & how it should be made.