Do you stuff or dress your turkey? I prefer to dress.
What better way to dress your turkey than using a southern cornbread dressing recipe!
Every Thanksgiving, we prepare Granny Moore's Southern cornbread dressing at our family gathering.
It is a timeless, Southern recipe that has been handed down through the generations of the Moore Clan.
The dressing is moist and creamy.
It has the "soul food" kind of flavor that made you feel all good inside.
This Southern cornbread dressing is personally one of my most favorite dishes I look forward to having on Thanksgiving Day.
My Crockpot Chicken and Gravy is also amazing over this cornbread dressing for a warm, delicious winter comfort meal!
What ingredients do you need?
For this cornbread dressing recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- prepared cornbread
- evaporated milk-do not use regular milk
- saltine crackers
- Pepperidge Farms Stuffing Mix
- turkey or chicken broth
Watch how to make cornbread dressing
Steps to make
- Prepare and cook cornbread mix according to directions. (photo 1)
- After cornbread is cooked, crumble cornbread into a large mixing bowl. (photo 2)
- Finely chop an onion and crush one sleeve of saltine crackers. (photo 3)
- Add in the onion, evaporated milk, crushed crackers, Pepperidge Farms Mix, and broth. Mix well. It should be soupy. (photo 4)
- Place dressing mix in a large 13x9 greased baking dish.
- Slice butter into several small pieces and evenly arrange slices of butter on top of dressing. (This keeps the top from drying out and creates a nice buttery taste.) (photo 5)
- Bake uncovered at 350 for about 40 minutes. You do not want it to dry out. (photo 6)
- Allow it to set for 10 minutes before serving.
Here are the tips and tricks from Granny on how to make Southern Cornbread Dressing:
- Granny liked Ballard Cornbread Mix , however it is no longer available. Martha White claims to use the Ballard Recipe, but some family members just use Jiffy. Either cornbread mix will work.
- For sure, she ALWAYS used Herbed Seasoned Pepperidge Farm Stuffing Mix. (If you want to make yours from scratch, try this recipe.) You can use cubed or classic.
- The dressing will appear and feel soupy when you mix it, and that is how it is supposed to be!
- Granny sliced butter for it to melt evenly on the dish when baking (pats of butter). This gives it an amazing buttery topping.
I was recently asked by City View Magazine, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to write their holiday food feature on dressing recipes.
There was no way I could not include my grandmother-in-law's recipe in the article.
You can read the full article "To Stuff or to Dress."
Granny Moore is no longer here with us, but her traditions of family gathering and preparation of her southern cornbread dressing recipe still carry on.
The family was the MOST important to Granny.
She always had time, love, hugs, and kisses for all her family members. We spent many, many Sunday afternoons visiting with her.
My kids had countless days of endless playtime in her living room. They were spoiled rotten by her.
And she always ended our visits with hugs, kisses, and "I love you" in her southern drawl.
We miss her dearly. Creating her treasured dressing recipe every year reminds us of the happy memories and special times we shared with her.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
If you are cooking your turkey for the first time, check out: How to Cook the Perfect Turkey- 5 Tips for a Juicy Turkey!
Try these other recipes for your Thanksgiving meal!
- Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cranberry Apple Casserole
- Field Peas
- Mixed Berry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble Topping
- Southern Collard Greens
- Slow Cooker Crockpot Green Beans and Potatoes
- Tomato Grits Casserole
- Jalapeno Cheese Grits
Please leave me a comment below if you make this Southern cornbread dressing and tell me what you thought about it. I would love to hear back, and so would my readers.
Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
- 7.5 oz Martha White Cornbread Mix or Jiffy
- 1 large onion or 2 small onions finely chopped
- 15 oz can evaporated milk or 3 (5oz) small cans
- 1 sleeve package of saltine crackers crumbled
- 1 package Pepperidge Farms herbed Stuffing Mix
- 32 ounces turkey or chicken broth
- 1 stick of butter thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Prepare and cook 7.5 oz cornbread mix according to directions.
- After cornbread is cooked, crumble cornbread into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the finely chopped 1 onion, 15 oz can evaporated milk, 1 sleeve saltine crackers crushed, 1 package Pepperidge Farms herbed stuffing mix, and 32 oz turkey or chicken broth. Mix well. It should be soupy.
- Place dressing mix in a large 13x9 in greased baking dish.
- Slice 1 stick of butter into several small pieces and evenly arrange slices of butter on top of dressing. (This keeps the top from drying out and creates a nice buttery taste.)
- Bake uncovered at 350 for about 40 minutes. You do not want it to dry out.
- Allow it to set for 10 minutes before serving.