Delicious Cornbread Dressing Is the Perfect Holiday Side

Patricia Davis
3 min readNov 23, 2022


In the south, don’t even suggest any other kind!

Traditional turkey needs cornbread dressing.
This turkey needs cornbread dressing to complete the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash

Growing up in the south, Thanksgiving meant having turkey and dressing. Traditionally, the dressing had to be cornbread dressing made with buttery, savory cornbread. When I was a teenager, my father was stationed at West Point, New York. It was there that I learned there were other types of dressing.

And I didn’t like them: bread dressing, oyster dressing and one other type of dressing that I don’t know what was in it. No, just no.

If you’ve never had cornbread dressing, you really need to try it. You may never eat any other kind again.

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Quick and Easy Cornbread Dressing

Assembly time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 1 to 1 ½ hours.
Serves 8–10.


1 stick unsalted butter
3 ribs of celery, cut into ¼" slices
½ cup diced onion

1–1 ½ Tablespoon rubbed sage (to taste)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 recipe cornbread, crumbled into chunks and dried out *
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 ½–2 cups chicken stock

*Make the cornbread one to two days ahead and leave it out on your counter, uncovered, to dry out.

Putting it together

Preheat your oven to 350F. Generously grease a 2-quart casserole baking dish.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Saute the celery and onion for about 5 minutes until softened slightly. Add sage, salt, and pepper, stirring until fragrant — about 30 seconds. Remove the mixture from heat.

Mix in the crumbled cornbread. Slightly beat the eggs and fold them into the dressing. Finally, slowly add in the chicken stock, until the mixture is slightly soupy, but not runny. Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking dish.



Patricia Davis

Pat blogs about food, sustainability, and living simply. Sourdough is a particular passion. She also writes historical fiction with social justice themes.