Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread Dressing


  • 1  cup  butter or margarine, divided
  • 3  cups  white cornmeal
  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2  tablespoons  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  salt
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 7  large eggs, divided
  • 3  cups  buttermilk
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 lb. saltine crackers, crushed into small pieces
  • 2  medium onions, diced (2 cups)
  • 1  large bunch celery, diced (3 cups)
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped fresh sage*
  • 48 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1  tablespoon  pepper
  • 1 lb mild country sausage, cooked (optional)


Place 1/2 cup butter in a 13- x 9-inch pan; heat in oven at 425° for 4 minutes.

Combine cornmeal and next 5 ingredients; whisk in 3 eggs and buttermilk.


Pour hot butter into batter, stirring until blended. Pour batter into pan.

Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Crumble cornbread into a large bowl; set aside.

Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions and celery, and saute until tender. Stir in sage, and saute 1 more minute.

Stir vegetables, sausage, remaining 4 eggs, chicken broth, sourdough bread pieces, cracker pieces, and pepper into cornbread mixture (There are no better tools than your hands to properly mix the dressing at this stage!); pour evenly into 2 lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dishes. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

*1 tablespoon dried rubbed sage may be substituted for fresh sage.

Andouille Sausage, Apple, and Pecan Dressing: Brown 3/4 pound diced andouille sausage in a skillet over medium heat; drain. Add sausage; 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped; and 2 cups chopped toasted pecans to dressing. Proceed as directed, baking 40 to 45 minutes or until done.