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Best Cornbread Dressing

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Best Cornbread Dressing EVER!! This Thanksgiving Dressing (aka stuffing) is the perfect side dish to round out your holiday feast! It’s light, fluffy and moist, with the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread dressing, cornbread stuffing, sausage stuffing
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 12 servings
Calories 449
Author Kim

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries or craisins
  • 1 (1 pound) roll maple sausage, fully cooked and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth, more or less depending on how moist you like your dressing
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional for garnish: chopped fresh parsley and/or fresh rosemary

Instructions

  • Prepare the cornbread according to instructions on the box. Before baking cornbread, stir in the celery and onion to the cornbread mix. Bake as directed.
  • Cool the cornbread for a couple of hours and then crumble into medium size pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place the cornbread crumbles in a VERY large bowl with Panko bread crumbs and melted butter and toss to combine. Add the eggs, salt + pepper to taste, rosemary, cranberries and sausage. Stir to combine.
  • Mix in broth a little at a time, until it is the consistency you like.
  • Transfer the stuffing mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes checking often. Add more broth, if you feel like the dressing looks too dry for your preference.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired. Serve warm.

Notes

*Prep and cook time does not include the time needed to make and cool the cornbread.
Storing. Leftover dressing will stay good if covered tightly and kept in the fridge for up to about 5-7 days. Simply reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.
Freezing. Unbaked cornbread dressing can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 3-4 weeks. Just thaw in the fridge overnight before baking the next day. Already baked cornbread dressing can also be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, allow to come to room temperature, then reheat it in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until warmed through, before serving.
Photos by Molly at Yes to Yolks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg