Mom’s Cornbread Dressing

Mom’s Southern Cornbread Dressing & Turkey – My Mom’s recipe for THE BEST turkey & dressing! It is SO easy to make and packed full of amazing flavor. Homemade cornbread, wheat bread, celery, onion, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, chicken broth, eggs, salt, pepper, and sage. Bake in the oven along with bone-in turkey for the BEST Thanksgiving dinner you will ever eat. I look forward to this meal all year long!

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Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

This classic recipe is our favorite part of the holidays – my Mom’s dressing. I don’t really like turkey, but I LOVE my Mom’s dressing. It is especially good smothered with gravy! The original recipe came from my Dad’s Mom. She was a great cook and made one of my other all-time favorite meals – Chicken Tetrazzini.

My Mom has perfected the dressing recipe over the years. Chicken Legs can’t get enough of this during the holidays. He especially likes it reheated at about 10:00 pm on Thanksgiving or Christmas night. Chicken Legs swears this is the best dressing you’ll ever eat – I agree!

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How to Make Mom’s Cornbread Stuffing

This casserole is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a very large bowl, crumble cornbread and wheat bread. Add chopped onion, chopped celery, eggs, chicken broth, water, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, salt, black pepper, and sage. Spread the cornbread mixture into a large deep baking dish or roasting pan. Top with your turkey and bake until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I make homemade cornbread a day or two before making the dressing.
  • Here is our Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe
  • I chop the onion and celery in a food processor so it is very finely chopped.
    • Can sauté the vegetables in melted butter in a large skillet until tender.
  • I recommend using unsalted cream of chicken and mushroom soup.
  • If the dressing starts to get too brown, cover it with aluminum foil while the turkey finishes cooking.
  • Can I freeze Cornbread Dressing? Yes! Cool the dressing to room temperature. Transfer the dressing to freezer bags and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • Reheat in the microwave.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • poultry seasoning
    • parsley
    • thyme
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Tips for Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

  • We usually use a bone-in turkey breast, but this recipe also works with a regular turkey.
  • You want to bake the turkey at 350ºF for about 15 minutes per pound.
  • You need to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.
  • We prefer to brine our turkey before baking. Here is our Turkey Brine Recipe
plate of turkey & dressing

What to Serve with Easy Cornbread Dressing 

This is the best turkey and dressing I’ve ever eaten. This is the perfect side dish for your holiday table! We serve this with sliced turkey and all of your favorite holiday side dishes – green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, squash casserole, and warm rolls

Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipes that go great with this turkey & stuffing:

turkey and dressing in baking dish

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Southern Cornbread Dressing – My Mom’s recipe for THE BEST dressing! SO easy. Homemade cornbread, white bread, celery, onion, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, chicken stock, salt, pepper and sage. Bake along with bone-in turkey. I could just eat this for Thanksgiving and be happy!



  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Chop onion and celery in food processor. Crumble cornbread and bread. Add remaining ingredients (except turkey). Stir well. Place dressing in turkey roasting pan, top with turkey breast.
  • Cover dressing with foil (leaving turkey breast uncovered) and bake until turkey breast reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF – about 2 hours.



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  1. Can l just put turkey on dressing and cook uncovered until dressing starts turning real brown than cover the dressing only?

  2. Hello, I love you cooking blog.
    Your Mom’s recipe for Turkey and stuffing look delicious. I would love to try it, but what kind of Gravy Recipe do you use. I gotta smother everything in good rich Turkey Gravy. Thank you very much. Dale

    1. We use a packet of McCormick Turkey Gravy mix with some drippings from the turkey mixed in. My grandmother made a giblet gravy, but we prefer the flavor of the packet.

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