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Southern Cornbread Dressing

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Try this recipe once, and your mouth will start to water every time you think of it! My family’s cherished Southern Cornbread Dressing recipe is wonderfully moist and seasoned with onions, celery, and sage. It puts stuffing to shame!

I’ll be checking soon to make sure I have everything I need for the one comfort food recipe that I absolutely can never even think about leaving off the menu for Thanksgiving. It’s our family’s cherished and very much sought-after Southern Cornbread Dressing recipe.

Southern Cornbread Dressing in a white baking dish.

This cornbread dressing is always the star of the show at our Thanksgiving dinners. The side dishes may change. The desserts may be varied. But there is always, always dressing on the menu.

🤔 Stuffing or Dressing? What’s the Difference?

There are those who will debate the differences between dressing and stuffing. And I suppose there are merits to each, but dressing is our tradition.

Some people say that the difference is simply that stuffing is cooked inside the turkey, and dressing is cooked in a separate dish. I would say that there’s a great deal more difference than that.

The type of cornbread dressing that I grew up with was as different from stuffing as night is from day. Stuffing has cubes of bread or cornbread with other wonderful additions. Vegetables, sausage, even fruit.

But dressing is of a completely different texture. The cornbread is broken down to be more homogenous with the other ingredients, which are typically not much more than onions, celery, and stock.

It’s also given some lift during cooking with the addition of beaten eggs. The result is more akin to what southerners would call “souffled,” the cornbread having been lightened and puffed by the addition of the eggs.

Cornbread dressing in a white baking dish.

❤️ My Mama’s Dressing

This recipe is, with minor modifications, my mother’s recipe for cornbread dressing. Now, my mama is the undisputed Queen of Southern Cornbread Dressing Makers.

She holds the title, and everyone in the family knows it. We’re all crazy about her dressing, and she always makes far more than is needed to feed the crowd because everyone wants to take the leftovers home.

Handwritten recipe page.

When BeeBop and I were newly married and living far away from our southern home, Mama wrote down her dressing recipe and mailed it to me to use for our very first Thanksgiving together.

That was 35 years ago, and I’ve used her handwritten family recipe and instructions ever since. It makes me feel like she’s right there in the kitchen cooking with me.

If you want to treat your family to some authentic Southern cornbread dressing, just give my recipe a try.

🛒 Essential Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make southern cornbread dressing.

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  • Cornmeal (I always use a finely ground white cornmeal for my dressing and encourage you to use it if you have access to it. But then, I’m a cornmeal snob. You may prefer yellow cornmeal or a medium grind. Any cornmeal will work, but you’ll have a different texture. My preferred brands are Arnett’s and Hoover’s. If I can’t get those, I’ll use Palmetto Farms.)
  • Cream of Chicken Soup (You can make your own cream of chicken soup substitute if you like. Campbell’s brand canned soup suits me fine.)
  • Broth (Homemade turkey broth, chicken broth, or chicken stock is best but purchased is okay, too.)
  • Crackers (Regular old saltine crackers. Or use leftover stale white bread or biscuits.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Southern Cornbread Dressing

Make the Egg Bread

👉 PRO TIP: You’ll start by making a homemade cornbread recipe that we call egg bread. The egg bread should be room temperature, so it’s easiest to make it the day before you make the dressing.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

  1. Sift together the cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Into the dry ingredients, alternately add the buttermilk and eggs. Add one egg at a time, followed by some of the buttermilk. Whisk well after each addition.
  3. Pour the cooking oil into a large skillet (cast iron is best) and place it into the hot oven. Let the batter rest while the skillet and oil are heating (about 5 minutes).
  4. Carefully but quickly, remove the hot skillet from the oven and pour in the batter. Return the pan immediately to the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Set aside the egg bread until you’re ready to make the dressing.

👉 PRO TIP: I always make the egg bread a day or two in advance and refrigerate it until it’s needed.

Saute the Vegetables

  1. Chop the onions and celery.
Chopped onions, chopped celery, and butter in a cast iron skillet.
STEPS 7-8.
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan.
  2. Add the onions and celery and cook slowly until tender but without browning at all. Sprinkle the vegetables with 1/2 teaspoon salt while cooking.

Assemble the Dressing

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  1. Meanwhile, crumble the egg bread into a large baking dish. Just break the cornbread up as small as you can with your hands. Don’t worry about it too much; you’ll work out the finer texture later.
  2. Add the crushed saltine crackers, soup, and broth. Then using a potato masher or a big cooking fork, break up the egg bread and crackers with the soup to create a finer texture. You want as few lumps as possible.
  3. To the cornbread mixture, add the sautéed vegetables, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Mix well. Stop at this point and taste the mixture. You may need a little more salt. Remember, that’s a big dish of dressing to season.
  4. Lightly beat the eggs and add them to the dressing mixture.

👉 PRO TIP: Your dressing mixture should be fairly “soupy.” If you think it’s too thin, you can add some additional bread, crackers, etc. to thicken it. However, it’s rarely too wet.

Even if you think the dressing is too wet, it’s probably not. It took me a long time to learn that. It’s just one of those cook-by-feel lessons that you acquire through making a traditional recipe over and over.

If you do add more bread or crackers, be sure to crumble them very well and incorporate them into the mixture.


  1. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the dressing is golden brown on top and cooked throughout. Test it by inserting a table knife near the center. If it comes out clean, the dressing is done.
Closeup of a serving of Southern Cornbread Dressing with a white serving dish in the background.

🕒 Can I Make Cornbread Dressing Ahead of Time?

People often ask me if they can assemble the dressing a day ahead and bake it when ready to serve. I know some people do, but honestly, I don’t advise doing it simply because cornmeal (and, therefore, cornbread) is very, very absorbent. The longer it sits, the more liquid it absorbs. If you made your dressing the day before baking, it would most likely turn out dry because the cornmeal would have absorbed all the liquid. This type of dressing is meant to be quite moist when served.

However — here’s what you can do:
(1) Bake the egg bread one to two days in advance. Let it cool, then crumble it and store it in a container in the refrigerator,
(2) Cook the onions and celery up to two days ahead and store them in the refrigerator,
(3) Crush the crackers and have them ready to go.
The day you’re cooking, it will take you just a few moments to assemble everything and pop it into the oven.

Cornbread dressing in a white baking dish.

❓ Questions About Cornbread Dressing

I’m allergic to eggs. Any options?

Of course, you can use your favorite egg substitute in this recipe.

How do I store the leftovers?

This dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze it for later use. To freeze, place the dressing in a freezer storage container and use it within six months.

How do I serve this?

We always do a buffet for Thanksgiving. I make a large platter with sliced turkey on one end and mounds of dressing on the other. Serve turkey or giblet gravy to drizzle over the dressing and, of course, cranberry sauce on the side.

Lana Stuart.

Questions? I’m happy to help!

If you have more questions about the recipe, or if you’ve made it and would like to leave a comment, scroll down to leave your thoughts, questions, and/or rating!

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Southern Cornbread Dressing in a white baking dish.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

My cherished family recipe for Southern Cornbread Dressing is wonderfully moist and seasoned with onions, celery, and sage.
4.98 from 111 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Southern, Vintage
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


For the egg bread:

  • 2 cups finely ground white cornmeal sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

For the dressing:

  • 2 onions
  • 3 ribs celery
  • 8 tablespoon butter (1 stick)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Egg Bread recipe follows
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 32 ounces chicken (or turkey) broth or stock
  • 2 cups saltine crackers or leftover biscuits or stale bread (may need more to finish)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 eggs


Make the egg bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Sift together the cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
  • Into the dry ingredients, alternately add the buttermilk and eggs (add one egg at a time, followed by some of the buttermilk; whisk well after each addition).
  • Pour the cooking oil into a large cast iron skillet and place it into the hot oven. Let the batter rest while the skillet and oil are heating (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove the skillet from oven and carefully but quickly pour the batter into the hot skillet. Return the skillet immediately to the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Allow the egg bread to cool completely before proceeding.

Assemble the dressing:

  • Chop the onions and celery.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan.
  • Add the onions and celery cooking slowly until tender but without browning at all. Sprinkle with the 1/2 tsp. salt while cooking.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, crumble the egg bread into a large baking dish.
  • Add the crushed saltine crackers, soup, and broth. Mix well using a potato masher or large fork to break up the egg bread to a fine texture.
  • Stir in the sautéed vegetables, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Taste and adjust for more salt if needed.
  • Lightly beat the eggs and add to the dressing mixture. Your mixture should be fairly “soupy.” If you think it’s too thin, you can add some additional crackers, bread, etc. to thicken it. Be sure to crumble them well and incorporate them into the mixture.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the dressing is golden brown on top and cooked throughout.


TO MAKE AHEAD: (1) Bake the egg bread one to two days ahead. Let it cool, then crumble it and store it in a container in the refrigerator, (2) Cook the onions and celery up to two days ahead and store them in the refrigerator, (3) Crush the crackers and have them ready to go. The day you’re cooking, it will take you just a few moments to assemble everything and pop it into the oven.
STORING LEFTOVERS: Store in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze it for later use. To freeze, place the dressing in a freezer storage container and use within six months.
HOW TO SERVE: We always do a buffet for Thanksgiving. I make a large platter with sliced turkey on one end and mounds of dressing on the other. Serve turkey or giblet gravy to drizzle over the dressing and, of course, cranberry sauce on the side.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 240kcal | Carbohydrates 15g | Protein 6g | Fat 17g | Saturated Fat 7g | Cholesterol 109mg | Sodium 1479mg | Potassium 228mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 3g | Vitamin A 511IU | Vitamin C 7mg | Calcium 125mg | Iron 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published November 5, 2010. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this dressing today, and it tasted like my late mother’s Perfection! She didn’t have a written recipe so I never knew how she made it. Thank you for sharing this keeper of a recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    With 2 exceptions (adding eggs & saltines), this is the exact dressing recipe I inherited from my mom. My husband (from NYC) absolutely loves it! When I mention trying a new recipe, he has a fit, lol. He absolutely loves it, as do I. We look forward to it every year! It’s really easy to make, tastes amazing. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

    1. You might like it with the eggs, too. They make the dressing puff just slightly so it becomes a tiny bit lighter and fluffier.

  3. Anastasia says:

    Looks delicious! Quick question – can I double this recipe? Or should I make two separate trays? Making this for a potluck

    1. You can definitely double the recipe! The recipe as written makes a 13×9 dish so you’d need a huge baking dish to cook a double recipe. The cooking time would also be longer. I’d suggest using two 13×9 pans.

  4. A truly southern dressing recipe! I hate it when someone labels southern cornbread dressing when it has fruit, meat and everything in it. This is southern cornbread dressing. If you want fruit and meat, go for it, just don’t call it cornbread dressing!

  5. 5 stars
    This is pretty much the exact same way my granny made her dressing, minus the cream soup and using leftover biscuits instead of saltines (saltines were added only if she added to much broth and needed to thicken things up). It took me years to realize that part of the reason my dressing never tasted “quite right” was because I was using yellow cornmeal. I finally picked up a bag of white meal, and lo & behold…I finally made dressing that tasted like Granny’s. I will try adding the soup to see which way we like it best.

  6. Could you please tell me approximately how many saltine crackers you use? There is a difference in how many crackers are needed to amount to two cups depending on how fine you crush them.

    1. So, making dressing (like most recipes) is not a formula that is set in stone. You’ll need about two cups of crushed crackers, or the amount needed to get the correct texture. I cannot give you a more exact measurement. Your dressing may need more or less depending on many factors. What you’re aiming for is a slightly “soupy” mixture. You will learn the correct texture only by making dressing yourself until you get it right.

  7. Sheila Cannon says:

    Can you use x-fine cornmeal in this recipe?

  8. Is egg bread “aka corn” bread ?

    1. Yes, egg bread is one of the many types of cornbread. It’s the specific kind of cornbread that should be used to make this dressing. It’s richer and denser than some other types.

  9. Sharon Renaud says:

    This is the absolute best recipe for authentic, South Georgia dressing. The Egg Bread recipe is perfect. (We make extra to have a few hot slices with butter while we’re cooking other dishes!)
    Although I grew up eating this type of dressing, Nanny Pete and Mama didn’t write anything down. So having the ingredients and directions spelled out like this is just wonderful. Thank you!

    1. My pleasure, Sharon! I hope you’ll make some South Georgia dressing for your Thanksgiving dinner.

    2. Sherry Vaughn says:

      I have one more question. My grocery stores carry corn meal mix instead of just plain cornmeal and it usually is self rising. Do I need to find plain cornmeal for this recipe? I am trying to get my perfect dressing recipe. I have probably tried at least 30 different recipes over the years and at 60 years of age still do not have the perfect recipe. I am looking for dressing with a light fluffy texture, not one that ends up with brick light texture. I wish there was a dressing competition like the barbecue competition. I seriously would travel to it to find the perfect recipe for me. Thank you for your advice.

      1. Cornmeal mix is too sweet as it usually has sugar in it and too coarse because it’s typically is a medium grind cornmeal. Use plain finely ground white cornmeal.

      2. If you need a source for finely ground white cornmeal, try Amazon and purchase the Palmetto brand. I’ve used it with good results.

      3. Elaine Matthews says:

        This is my mom’s recipe except for the egg and she used biscuits not saltines. However I use Jiffy cornbread mix following recipe for muffins on side of box adding 1/3 cup of melted butter to the mix. I cook it in a black skillet with olive oil. Do not over mix. Everyone rants and raves over my dressing. I like that little hint of sweetness.

  10. Don’t see mention of adding saltines in printed recipe (unless needed if too thin). Is that correct? Or are they added with broth and then extra if needed?

    1. I adjusted the directions in the recipe card. The crackers are added along with the soup and broth. And, yes, you can add more if you think they’re needed near the end.

        1. There’s “poultry seasoning” in the recipe. The primary ingredient in poultry seasoning is sage. If you like more, add more.

  11. 5 stars
    Hopefully I have finally found the right recipe and it will be a family tradition making it in our home too. :)

  12. I love this… have never used eggs but seriously considering it this year. I might even add the soup, too. I just make homemade chicken stock an also add the schmaltz for extra flavor. I always try to recreate my grandmother’s. She thought she hated sage and never used it, BUT she used poultry seasoning. I know because I called her “long distance” for the “recipe” decades ago and wrote it down.

    Now, my cousins try to recreate it since she’s gone. They think they hate sage, too. But their dressing never tastes like Granny’s and I keep telling them, they are missing the poultry seasoning/sage, but they won’t hear of it. A few of weeks ago, I made dressing and added poultry seasoning AND fresh sage from my garden. Like a hefty 1/4 cup of finely chopped sage. I took it to them and didn’t say a word. The dressing got rave reviews from all, lol.

    1. Thats so funny – my daddy swore he hated sage. Hated it. However he loved my mama’s dressing with poultry seasoning in it. And what is the main ingredient in poultry seasoning? That’s right – sage!

  13. Julie McIntosh says:

    Hi Lana,
    This recipe looks perfect and can’t wait to try it! One question…you mention sage in the comments but it’s not in the actual recipe? So yay or nay for adding sage along with the poultry seasoning? If so, about how much? Thank you!!

      1. Julie McIntosh says:

        Duh! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Had a temporary brain lapse! Happy Thanksgiving, Lana!

  14. Linda Toth says:

    Can you mixed it all up and put in freezer raw for a later use ?

    1. Hi Linda – I wouldn’t recommend that. See the FAQs section near the end of the post where I explain how to make the dressing ahead.

  15. Jennifer Ramey says:

    5 stars
    I found your recipe about 6 years ago, and my whole family LOVES it. I am now the only one allowed to make the dressing for the family holiday get-togethers. Thank you!

    1. It does sound really good. I know all your love makes it even better! Happy Thanksgiving. : )
      💘 Aunt Patti 😊

  16. 5 stars
    Still the absolute best!

  17. Stumbled across your site while looking for a cornbread recipe. I have tried and failed at so many cornbread recipes. I just want to make it like my stepmom and yours looks close. As I read this recipe I was like, yep, this is dressing. My mom makes hers the same way except she adds gizzards. Your recipes look like the food I grew up on but never learned how to cook. So thankful I found your site. Im going to try the basic cornbread recipe in the morning. I do have a question: when you mention salt in your recipes is it table salt unless otherwise noted?

    1. Hi Christie. It’s actually kosher salt rather than regular table salt. It does measure differently. This particularly cornbread I make only for dressing. We call it “eggbread” in my family and it’s fairly dense. If you’re looking for an all-purpose cornbread, check out my recipe for Old Fashioned Cornbread. It’s delicious!

  18. This recipe turned out perfect!! I have been trying to replicate my grandmothers and this was the closest, If not better!! By googling “egg bread” this recipe came up and I knew it had to be close. I put it in the fridge the night before. Let it get to room temperature The morning of and it was the perfect texture!! Only thing I changed was not adding the celery and added a can of cream of celery instead (only because my grandmother has always) so glad I finally have a recipe!! Thank you!!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I’m so glad it worked out well for you!

  19. I rarely get on any site and leave comments but this time I have to make an exception! Your comments concerning your Mother just really gave me a rush of memories that I have of my mother in the kitchen she always told me you need to learn all of this. But I was young and I hated being in the kitchen. Not much has changed in all of the years that have passed. But I was reading all the love when you spoke of the recipe that your Mom sent you over 30 yrs ago. The love that you expressed between every word I heard. I too am very much born and raised Southern Ga girl! I’m very fortunate to still be close to where I was raised. Near the Okefenokee Swamp. The recipe is very close to the way my mom made it as well. Something about that iron skillet. Heating it up before you pore the cornbread mixture in. No doubt that’s how we were all taught. I will definitely print up this recipe and try very soon. But I am not my mother very close but not the cook she was. (When you get married and have youngens of your own you’ll learn how to cook). I ended up here because I was actually looking for Longhorn’s bread recipe and yours definitely got my attention my husband loves that bread so will be trying that soon as well. But when I’m making your Mother’s dressing we don’t call it stuffing down here either I will be remembering how my mother never used a spoon she got her hands in it just as you spoke. I just want to say thank you for giving me reminders of such beautiful memories I have of my Mom watching her when I was growing up and all of my older siblings coming home for Sunday dinner. And always for Christmas and Thanksgiving! Ahh oh what many thanks we have for our blessed raising!
    Lisa W

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Hi Lisa. Thank you for your lovely comments on my cornbread dressing post. Hope you enjoy the recipe :-)

  20. Pat Samford says:

    Your Mamma is one I have been highly blessed to know for years. She is one of the most spectacular star cooks in the south. Her creative talent setting a table any day is one to admired for beyond superior for most. She is a gracious south lady in every respect. I know she is proud of you too.

  21. gloria patterson says:

    I would almost kill for this southern cornbread dressing!!!!! In the north they eat bread stuffing that is all gummie. I am polite and take one little spoonful but hate ever bite of it………………….. YOU could sent me a big of this any time :-)

  22. And the angels sang “Hallelujah!”

    Truly, absolutely, still after so many decades, the absolute best food on the planet. Mama is indeed the Queen of Dressing.

    Miss P

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Yes, she is! No doubt.

  23. Question I don’t have a case iron skillet can I bake it in a pie pan or glass dish?

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      You can bake it in any ovenproof dish.

  24. Hi Lana,

    I made the egg bread today – I am planning on putting the dressing together tomorrow morning then refrigerate it overnight and then cook it on Thankgiving day. Is this a good strategy? If I cut the recipe in half how much bread crumbs, saltine crackers and stale bread should I add? Can I blend the onion and celery after they are sautéed? My husband doesn’t like the texture.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      You’ll have to add a good bit more liquid if you let it sit overnight. The cornbread absorbs a massive amount of liquid in a short time. I never make mine ahead of time.

  25. Lana, I have to thank you for posting this again! I think this post is how I found you a few years ago, and I’ve used your egg bread & dressing recipes for the past 3 or 4 years. It gives me that wonderful southern cornbread dressing like my mom and MIL used to make. Thank you thank you thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  26. For years, into my adulthood, I wondered what made my paternal grandmother’s dressing so special. Finally figured out that it was the addition of rosemary.

  27. THis recipe is the one I chose as my first time ever making dressing. IT IS AMAZING! All the guest said it was the best they ever had.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!

  28. Lana, all those ingredients, the i.e., Egg Bread (recipe follows)
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    32 oz. chicken broth or stock is for if you only do one pan of egg bread correct? so I should just double all of that if I make two or three egg breads correct?

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Yes, the recipe as written is for one batch of dressing using one pan of egg bread.

  29. Ver similar to my moms dressing. I’m tryin yours now! Can I prepare it all tonight and refrigerate it until I cook it tomorrow?

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Theresa – it will absorb too much liquid if you mix it up tonight and it’ll be very dry when you bake it. I don’t advise mixing it in advance.

  30. Can I use jiffy cornbread mix? I usually do and I think it’s sweet but the fam likes it. I just add sage, poultry seasoning, s/p, broth and celery so it’s plain but the sweet gives it a little more interest.

    I want to change it up but not too much and this looks great! I just bought my cornbread mixes tho. Would it work?

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Hi Christy – If you want an authentic taste, Jiffy won’t work. First, it’s yellow cornmeal instead of white and secondly, it’s way too sweet. It also has a very different texture than this egg bread. It’s okay sometimes, I guess, but it won’t make *this* recipe correctly.

  31. Jean Campbell says:

    There was a recent pin on Pinterest showing family recipes framed with a burlap mat. Your handwritten recipe needs a linen mat and a place of honor.

  32. Lana, I am so excited that sweet people like you still exist in this world. I am 33 yrs old and not a very good cook but I try. I want to cook homemade dressing for Thanksgiving but was afriad I could not do it. This step by step recipe reafirmed my faith and with this I know I can do it. I was 23 when my mom passed away and my dad just passed away 6 months ago. They were both wonderful cooks!!! This recipe brings tears to my eyes, its what I remember eating when I was a kid. Thanks again and wish me good luck.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Amanda – comments like yours are what make all the work involved in a food blog totally worth it! Here’s wishing you all the luck in the world! By the way, I’ll be monitoring my email all during Thanksgiving. You just email me any time if you have a question about the recipe. I’ll be happy to try to help!

  33. Hi there. Lana plan to make your wonderful looking dressing. Can I make it earlier than Thanksgiving day and freeze it? Your thoughts please. Since I’m 71 I like to make what I can ahead of time. Thanks

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Good question, Connie! And honestly…I’m not sure. I have not in all these years tried freezing the dressing. I do prepare it ahead of time by cooking my cornbread a day or two in advance and sauteing the vegetables. I have that all ready to go in the fridge and just pull it out and mix it up on Thanksgiving morning. You can mix it early in the day and let it sit in the fridge, but be sure to bring it to room temperature before baking. Also, if it has been standing for a while, be sure to check whether it needs a bit more broth. That cornbread really soaks it up!

  34. angelitacarmelita says:

    Sometimes, when I read recipes of yours, I just well up with tears…. It’s like reading recipes from either one of my late grandmomma’s, my aunts, or my own mothers recipe boxes. And its so funny to read people’s remarks about “dressing vs. stuffing”. As a southerner, I didn’t know what stuffing was until I was in my 20’s! All I ever knew was that we had “dressing” on Thanksgiving! We’ve never added the chicken soup either, momma always used the broth from the turkey necks & gizzards that she eventually turned into giblet gravy to serve along side the meal (and the dressing of course). It’s still the most favorite part of our Thanksgiving meal. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes and memories with us.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Angelita – I just have to tell you how much your comment means to me. I even shared it with my Facebook followers. It’s comments like yours that keep bloggers like me going when we’re not sure whether it’s worth all the time, cost, and effort. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  35. This recipe for dressing is very similar to the one that I make, however, we LOVE the flavor of sage…therefore, I not only use the poultry seasoning but also the sage…and quite a lot more celery and onion and raw eggs. I have never added the cream of chicken soup, but am sure it would be good! I also use the broth straight off my cooked turkey when I make it…if need be, I supplement the recipe with the Swanson’s Chicken Broth! Love ALL your recipes…keep them comin’ :)

  36. Our church had it’s Christmas Luncheon today and I asked who made the stuffin’. Blank looks. I was told the Yankie in me came out (was born in NY but raised in South). That in the South, it’s called dressing. In the North, it’s stuffing. Who knew! So I came home looking for a cornbread DRESSING recipe and came across this page and the comments on stuffing vs dressing. Too funny!

  37. This is the best cornbread dressing ever! I tried so many other recipes and then found this one. This will be my third year making it. The only thing I do differently is use Trader Joe’s cornbread mix instead of making my own egg bread. It still turns out great!

    1. I’m so glad y’all like it, Tracey! I made my cornbread yesterday and I’m just about ready to get in the kitchen and mix up the dressing. It’s always the star of the table here on Thanksgiving.

      1. Can I prepare this the night before then bake the next day? Just want to make sure it doesn’t soak up all my “wet” ingredients and end up gooey the next day … This recipe looks so much like what my mom used to make .. but we never got her recipe perfected. Thank you for posting this!!

        1. Lana Stuart says:

          Debbie – if you make the dressing the day before, I’m pretty sure you’d need to add more broth to it before cooking. The cornbread would really soak it up overnight. What I do is this – the day before I make, cool, and crumble the cornbread and store it in a large zip bag. I also saute the onions and celery, cool that and store in the fridge overnight. On Thanksgiving I mix everything together and bake it off. Just takes a few minutes to put together.

  38. Heather Morgan says:

    This is almost just like my maternal grandmother’s dressing. We always eat it a bit soupy, though, instead of firm. My husband grew up on regular cornbread dressing, and he is still a little creeped out by the eggbread, but this type of dressing is deeeelicious! I have the challenge today and tomorrow of trying to create a cornbread dressing that is more firm like my other grandmother used to make. Wish me luck :)

    1. It’s included in the poultry seasoning. We don’t like much sage in our dressing, Vicky, so that little bit works just fine. You can add as much as you like.

  39. i love this.. this is almost the same way my mama made it and i do now.
    I was raised in the south..although moved several times away and still love this type of southern cooking! Your site brought me back to when i was younger..thank you for this!!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember why we can celebrate our freedom!!
    Thanks be to our Lord!

  40. Rachel@Time for Good Food says:

    This is similar to my Granny’s recipe except she also adds chicken to it. She would save her cornbread and extra biscuits in the freezer all year so she’d have plenty of bread to work with come November. Now that she is in her 80s and no longer cooking, my aunt has taken over dressing duties. Hers is *almost* as good. There’s just something extra special about Granny’s! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Lynda Lamm says:

      My mother is 83, in a nursing home with Parkinson’s; she was the best cook ever. Last year I tried to make her dressing, but it was too dry. Mama also put leftover biscuits, etc. in it, along with a fried white corn meal “hoecake.” She learned a lot about cooking from my dad’s mother. She did not make an eggbread; and she added chopped boiled eggs and the turkey giblets. This was my favorite dish of any holiday, hands-down. I may try this recipe, and tweak it towards my mother’s version. I’m so glad to find an on-line version of this incredible culinary delight.

  41. Lana,
    The southern cornbread dressing was incredible and easy. This was not first time to make dressing and your instructions made it easy.
    How do you make turkey gravy?

  42. I will try your recipe tomorrow.I know it is going to turn out goodbit the same recipe think that my mom use to make.

  43. Just discovered your blog and am so glad I did. This looks amazing. I love cornbread dressing and attempted to make a batch last thanksgiving without success. Your version looks like a real winner. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  44. Judy Morin says:

    I have to let you know this is the best corn bread recipe I have ever had. I made this for Christmas but unfortunetly my husband and I both came down with the flu so we didn’t get to enjoy it. But here it is March and I decided to make this recipe today. It was excellent and alas we did get to enjoy it! Thanks again for sharing your recipe.

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my recipe, Judy. Actually, it’s my mom’s recipe and the only one our family has used for years and years. Hope you’ll visit the blog again and fine more delicious things to cook for your family.

  45. Debbie Davis says:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like my grandmother’s and mother’s similar to this. They put meat from the Turkey neck bone, raw egg, chopped boiled egg, chopped giblets with broth, celery, onion, and sage. They used a cornbread made in a skillet using a recipe with flour. What would be the difference in using eggbread rather than cornbread? My family was from Alabama.?

  46. Hi Lana
    I am making dressing for the first time for Christmas this year and yours look so good and I will be cooking it, wish me luck. this will be my first Christmas that I have cooked for my Husband we alway go to his mom’s for Thanksgiving and Christmas but this year I want to cook.
    Thank you

    1. Good luck to you, Anna! Hope it turns out perfectly.

  47. Hi Lana, I love your site! Can’t wait to try these wonderful southern recipes; so many to choose from! I started with this one. I made your dressing for Thanksgiving dinner and it tasted amazing! But I had texture issues I was hoping you might help me with. Mine turned out crumbly. I followed your recipe exactly, with two changes. I added chopped boiled eggs. And I assembled it the night before, refrigerated overnight, then baked it the next day. Do you think my changes could have caused the crumbly texture? I allowed a longer cooking time since it was cold, and it was hot and golden on top when removed it from the oven. It seemed like if I cooked it longer it could have dried out (or at least that was my fear). But do you think I should have cooked it longer? Any insight would be much appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Hi Kelly – The eggs wouldn’t have affected it at all, but the prepping ahead would. If the dressing is prepped and held overnight, it would definitely dry out. The cornmeal/cornbread would absorb so much of the liquid that you would definitely get a dry, crumbly texture. What I always do is cook my cornbread the day before and store it in the fridge overnight. Then prepare your dressing when you’re ready to cook it the next day.

      1. Thanks so much, Lana! Can’t wait to try it again on Christmas!

  48. Judy Morin says:

    I am so excited to find this recipe as I have been looking for a true southern cornbread dressing for a long time. This sounds fabulous and I will be trying this for Christmas. Thank you so much!!

  49. Jackie Newsome says:

    I finally found one that is close to my mother-in-laws. She uses the boiled eggs and adds cooked chicken or hen to hers. But I will be trying yours this year just to see how it tastes. Oh and I make both stuffing and dressing since I’m from the north and my husband is born and bred southern. Can’t do without either one. They’re both great :)

  50. Tracey Nelson says:

    I made this last year and it was the best dressing ever! We all loved it. I am making it again today. Thanks for the great recipe.

  51. Shirley Strickland says:

    Thanks for putting this on here! It is the same way my grandmother used to make her dressing.
    Now I am a great grandmother and I am still making it the same way
    Just thought would ck on here see if anything better
    This has worked for me all my life and my sister soo why try and change such a good thing?
    Soo many folks out there don,t know this good way so once again thanks for putting it on here for others
    yours truly Shirley Strickland Happy T hanksgiving to you and yours!

  52. I made this today for our Potluck at work and it recieved a great response the only thing i did differently was I used 3 boxes of Jiffy Cornbreand and 28 oz of Sodium reduced Chicken Broth. If I had the time I would have made the bread,, it looks awesome! Thank you for the recipe this is a great one! =)

  53. Jan Stoddard says:

    Will be trying your recipe in the morning, but already have my cornbread portion baked and crumbled for my dressing along with my white bread crumbs. But will go by the rest of your ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I just can’t wait. Thank you for your picture instructions and for sharing your recipe. Will try your ‘egg bread’ recipe for Christmas dinner.

  54. Mallory Hamilton says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been looking for a traditional southern egg bread dressing recipe online for a couple of years and have always come up short! This is the recipe I remember making with my grandmother. And, in response to another commenter, our dressing was always “soupier” than most; which my grandmother accomplished just by adding extra broth. I’ll be making my eggbread today. Happy thanksgiving from Augusta, GA!

  55. Being Canadian, we celebrated our Thanksgiving in October. The second Monday of October to be exact. I’ve often wondered why the difference in the two, but it seems the powers that be of each country are the deciders of what will be when.

    I do love seeing all the Thanksgiving recipes available online for the upcoming US Thanksgiving though, its interesting to see how and if we differ much with what we serve at Thanksgiving. I’ve found it’s not much different at all really, except when it comes to the stuffing/dressing. I find many US stuffing recipes tend to call for cornbread, whereas here where I am, bread crumbs or cubes are the norm for stuffing, with cornbread becoming a bit more popular every year.

    In my home, being born of and raised by, British parents, sage and onion stuffing, with or without sausage meat, is a must. I’m not sure I, Mom, Grandma of 8, would be very popular if she changed her secret stuffing recipe after so many years!

    I do have the perfect person to try your stuffing recipe on though. I’ve been assisting an American neighbour, a widow, who was stricken with MS some years back.
    When American holidays occur, my neighbour is usually okay being so far away from home, but when American Thanksgiving is to occur, my neighbour gets quite sad, as it’s the holiday that’s she misses the most.
    I always try to make a little something Thanksgivingish to perk my neighbour up, and I’m pretty sure, since she loves cornbread in any form, at any time, a smaller version of your stuffing along with a roasted turkey leg or thigh, will do wonders!

    Thanks for posting your Mothers stuffing recipe Lana, and all the other fantastic recipes you graciously give us, it is very appreciated.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi Jocelyn – Just to clarify, the cornbread dressing is traditional in the southern U.S. However, many, many people serve a stuffing like you described. You might ask your neighbor which style she prefers. If you want to make her something that is very common for Thanksgiving throughout the U.S., I’d suggest a pumpkin pie.

      1. Oh yes, I know your dressing/stuffing is more southern, and I’m quite sure that’s why my neighbour will love it so much. As for the pumpkin pie, it’s a favourite of her’s and mine. We do quite well seeing who can eat the most!

  56. Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    Aha!! Ok, so this is dressing!! Well, since your mama’s recipe is the best, I think I definitely need to try it!

  57. Tickled Red says:

    Oh that stuffing looks nummy. I am so excited for Thanksgiving ;D We always make a wild rice stuffing and oyster dressing.

  58. Mari @ Mari's Cakes says:

    A must have in our Thanksgiving table. I love this side dish.

  59. can i use onion powder instade of onion.if yes how much onion powder do i use..thanks tina

    1. Tina – I’ve never tried substituting onion powder for chopped onion in this recipe so I can’t say what your results would be.

  60. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! says:

    I’m going to be making a gluten free cornbread this Thanksgiving, too. But I’m making it Southwest style with chorizo!

  61. this dressing mama make t his way in the south my dont call it stuffing either we love dressing ??? from a big family

  62. The Duo Dishes says:

    If there’s no dressing, there’s NO Thanksgiving! That’s just how it is. And it far surpasses stuffing. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  63. Anika McClendon says:


    I have searched endlessly for a dressing recipe to mimic my late mother-in-laws. My only question is can I make the egg bread in a 8×8 square pan, I don’t have a cast iron skillet. Oops another question does the bread mix have to be sifted I don’t have one of those either. The recipes looks great can’t wait to make it tomorrow.


    1. Anika – Yes, you can cook the egg bread in another type of pan. If it doesn’t all fit in an 8×8, use a different pan for the remainder.

      You do not have to sift the cornmeal if you don’t want to.

      Good luck!

  64. I’m making dressing for the first time this year (instead of my mom) and my husband says he likes it soupy…when cooked, is your recipe a little soupy or should i just add a little extra broth than the written recipe to make it that way??? thanks so much!

    1. Hi Meredith. My dressing is not soupy when it finishes cooking. Honestly, I’ve never heard of a “soupy” dressing. You might make a dressing recipe and then offer some gravy or warm broth at the table when it could be added by those who want a soupier dressing.

  65. Hi Lana,
    I have been searching all over the internet for a dressing recipe. This looks great! What size is the egg bread?

    1. I cook it in a 12″ skillet. Is that what you mean?

        1. How much ingredient for 100 people?

          1. Lana Stuart says:

            Hi Jennifer – I have to say I’ve certainly never made this recipe for 100 people, but since it serves about 12 I’d multiply the ingredients by 10 to get an estimate.

  66. Forgot to ask – what size is a large baking pan ?

    1. Thanks for asking. I use a 9×13 pan Pyrex dish for mine.

  67. Lana, This is the DRESSING I will bake this year. Thanks for hanging in there with Dressing, when I was living in the North they had Stuffing….not the same, not as good

  68. I love family tried and true recipes! They are always the best and these pictures prove it!

  69. Maris (In Good Taste) says:

    Looks delish! I love dressing (although I’ve always called it stuffing) and think it’s the best part of a Thanksgiving dinner!

  70. Dressing and stuffing are two different things. I thought everybody knew that.

  71. This stuffing looks awesome! Of course, I’ll probably never sway from my mom’s on Thanksgiving, but this is definitely a stuffing I’d like to give a try! Happy almost Thanksgiving!!

    1. Hi Sues – Actually this is dressing, not stuffing. Big difference! Would love for you to give it a try, anyway :-)

  72. If that doesn’t get one in the mood for Thanksgiving, I don’t know what would!

  73. Yes, that’s dressing all right. It is also the star of our Thanksgiving table. I can remember my Grandmother mixing it in a dishpan (she needed to make so much) and not using a potato masher, but her hands. She’d then bake it in a huge iron skillet.

    1. The dishpan sounds like a good idea, Rocquie! I’ll remember that for Thanksgiving Day :-)

  74. Stephanie says:


    I’ve only ever had stuffing, I didn’t even know about dressing until this very moment

    1. Well, Stephanie, I’m so glad I could introduce you to dressing! Maybe you’ll give it a try sometime.

  75. this so similar to our dressing, one handed down from my grandmother that we enjoy with loving mouthfuls during the holidays (and sometimes with baked chicken during the other times)…. hers follows the addition of a baked hen, and chopped boiled eggs to make enough that feeds an army, so good…. seeing your beautiful dressing makes me want some right now….

    1. Drick – I’ve had it with chopped boiled eggs, too, and it’s very good. I occasionally get a craving for it during the summer and make a baked hen just as an excuse to cook some dressing :-)

  76. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Wow this dressing looks great! It’s very similar to what I grew up eating at Thanksgiving…yum!

    1. The old classics are sometimes the best, aren’t they? And holidays are all about traditions for us. I love to try other kinds of “stuffings” but not on Thanksgiving :-)

    1. Thanks, Nancy. This is dressing, though, not stuffing :-)

  77. Jennifer @ Jane Deere says:

    This looks delicious! My grandma and my mom both make cornbread dressing that is very similar to this, and just like your family…that’s the highlight of our holiday meals!

    1. I think everybody in our family would faint dead away if we didn’t get some of this dressing on Thanksgiving Day :-) It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it.

  78. I don’t remember sending this to you, but I know I did because you said so and that is my handwriting in the picture. Wish I could still write that ledgible now.

    1. It was when we were living in New Hampshire the first Thanksgiving we were married. I cooked dinner for several men from Bill’s ship who couldn’t go home. It was a very traditional southern Thanksgiving meal, featuring your dressing of course, and those guys did all but lick the plates clean! They said they’d never tasted food like that in their lives and when could I cook for them again :-)