My Mother's Corn Bread Dressing Recipe

Bowl of cornbread dressing

Homemade cornbread dressing is a classic Thanksgiving dish with a Southern flair.

It's made with a combination of crumbled cornbread, celery, herbs, and spices and is typically cooked in the oven. Its rich flavor and creamy texture make it a perfect accompaniment to turkey, ham, chicken, or any other protein you choose to serve.

For an extra special touch, you can top the dressing with melted butter and chopped herbs like rosemary or thyme for an even more flavorful dish that your family and friends are sure to love.

Now I want to share my family dressing recipe. This corn bread dressing recipe is a family favorite.

My family never, I mean never, never, will celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday without making this dressing recipe to go along with our honey baked hamturkey  or prime rib.

I have visited many homes over the years, where the cooks prepares store bought stuffing straight from the box.  In my opinion the boxed stuffing taste way too bland when compared to homemade dressing you cook at home from scratch.

It's time to cook homemade dressing, if you have ever felt guilt about serving your family story bought stuffing or boxed stuffing mix.

But before you get into the recipe, let me share my secrets with you. I always prepare and serve giblet gravy and homemade cranberry sauce with my dressing.  If you give our recipe a try, I promise you will never be able to eat and stomach dried-out store bought dressing or stuffed up stuffing again.

Corn Bread Dressing Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cup self rising corn meal
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable shortening oil or dripping
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken gizzard
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sage (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry season (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions (optional)
  • 5-8 cups chicken broth

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine corn meal and sugar. Add milk and egg. Mix until blended, then add shortening and again mix until well blended. Pour cornbread mixture into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Once done remove from oven and allow to cool. Grease a 8 or 9 inch baking pan and set aside.
  3. To make dressing, crumble up cornbread, add chicken gizzards, celery, green bell pepper, sage and poultry seasoning to taste. Add chopped onions if you like.
  4. Next pour 5 to 8 cups of chicken broth into cornbread mixture. Mix well and then pour unto greased baking pan. Bake dressing at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until dressing is browned to your liking.

Be sure to pour giblet gravy on top of your corn bread dressing.

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Serve your corn bread dressing recipe during Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving dinner.

This is some real good eating. For large families you can double or triple this recipe. Just make double or triple the amount of corn bread and do the same for chicken gizzards, celery, bell peppers, etc. Add sage and poultry seasoning to taste. Then pour in enough chicken broth to make your mixture somewhat soupy. Pop the cornbread dressing into the oven and cook until browned.

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