Cornbread Dressing (Southern W/Sage, Aka Holy Grail Dressing)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

For me, and particularly from the perspective of a Southerner, dressing is one of those traditional dishes which becomes dog-eared in your life's history. Most folks I know still prefer the dressing or stuffing recipe which arcs back to their childhood, and I am no exception. I was raised by my grandmother, and after her passing, I became obsessed with trying to duplicate the dressing she made which I loved so very much. After innumerable attempts, and a search that took roughly 10 years and FAR too much experimentation on my part (hence the nickname, "Holy Grail Dressing"), the recipe below produces a dish that is (REALLY) always moist and full of flavor. (I love sage and usually add more--3 to 4 TABLESPOONS ;o], but the quantity listed below should be "safe" for those who aren't as addicted to sage as I am. I also bump up the other spices a bit a well, but didn't want to freak anybody out so am posting the basic measurements.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Melt margarine in skillet & saute onion & celery.
  3. Add salt, pepper, sage, thyme, & poultry seasoning to the cooked onions & celery--I usually will mix the spices together in a separate container before adding to the vegetables.
  4. In large bowl (I use the largest stainless steel bowl I own) combine bread crumbs, cornbread.
  5. In smaller bowl, blend soup, water, eggs, & vinegar.
  6. Add celery & onions to bread mixture, toss lightly, then add liquid mixture & blend thoroughly.
  7. Turn into 9x13 baking dish and bake @ 350º for an hour. (Can also be used as a stuffing.).
  8. If desired, dressing may be prepared ahead of time, baked 30 minutes, cooled and frozen, then baked about 45 minutes when ready to serve.
  9. NOTE: Mama also stuffed the bird with hers--it was wonderful--but my dressing needs are fully satisfied baking it separately.


Most Helpful

This is EXACTLY the recipe I spent years trying to recreate! Thank you SO much for posting this... my family all Love it at the holidays!

sapphyre_dove December 23, 2009

Pleasant make ahead dressing. Didn't knock my socks off but I would make it again for the convenience factor.

Salesgirl April 15, 2008

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