Granny's Southern Cornbread Dressing

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by debbies dishes

This is how the last 5 generations of our family have made cornbread dressing. Surprised not to see this on Zar. So here is my family recipe. I was always the official taste tester. Before it went into the oven my mom would give me a bowl of it. I would tell her what seasonings needed adjusting. It became a ritual. LOL The cornbread is baked with the onion and celery in it. Really makes a difference to taste.

Top Review by evegpt

Just like our family. I need to try putting the celery and onion in the cornbread. Great idea! Husbands granny added a bunch of fresh chopped parsley to the dressing. I liked that so now I do it. I use the poke method to add more broth as the dressing is cooking. It makes it light and fluffy, not dry. Thanks for some good ideas and the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees .
  2. Make cornbread by mixing cornmeal, flour, oil, eggs, buttermilk and milk.
  3. Stir until well blended. Stir in celery and onion.
  4. If the batter is too thick, add more milk. (should be pourable).
  5. Pour into greased hot iron skillet (if you have one, if not get one, they aren’t expensive and you can get them at Wal Mart. I have one I use just for cornbread!).
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is light brown.
  7. When done and cooled down a bit. Crumble into a large bowl.
  8. Add bread pieces, butter and seasonings. Mix well.
  9. Start adding chicken or turkey broth, stirring and adding more broth as needed. (important: add broth until you think it is just right, then add more. It will soak up and dry out in the oven).
  10. Adjust seasoning to taste. (appoint someone special).
  11. Pour into a grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish or pan.
  12. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with gravy.
  13. Note: Broth made from boiling a hen will be best but canned will work.

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