Mom’s Turkey & Dressing

Mom’s Southern Cornbread Dressing & Turkey – My Mom’s recipe for THE BEST turkey & dressing! SO easy. Homemade cornbread, white bread, celery, onion, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, chicken stock, eggs, salt, pepper, and sage. Bake along with bone-in turkey for the BEST Thanksgiving dinner you will ever eat. I look forward to this meal all year long! #turkey #thanksgiving #christmas #dressing #stuffing

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Southern Cornbread Dressing & Turkey Recipe

This 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 at 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 Turkey & Dressing

This is very easy to make. In a giant bowl, crumble cornbread and some wheat bread. Add chopped onion, chopped celery, eggs, chicken stock, water, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, salt, pepper, and sage. Spread the mixture into a large deep baking dish or roasting pan. Top with your turkey and bake until the turkey is done.

  • I make homemade cornbread a day or two before making the dressing.
  • Here is my recipe for the BEST Southern Cornbread: https://www.plainchicken.com/southern-cornbread/
  • I chop the onion and celery in a food processor so it is very finely chopped.
  • Can use 98% fat-free or Healthy Choice cream of chicken and mushroom soup.
  • If you don’t like cream of chicken or mushroom, you can substitute any cream of soup you prefer.
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How to Bake 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: https://www.plainchicken.com/brined-thanksgiving-turkey/
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What to Serve with Holiday Turkey

This is the best turkey and dressing I’ve ever eaten. I look forward to eating it every year. This makes a lot of dressing. It is perfect for leftovers! We serve this with all of the holiday fixings. Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipes that go great wit this turkey & stuffing:

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Southern Cornbread Dressing

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
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!

Ingredients:

  • 3 (9-inch) pans cornbread
  • 3 pieces wheat bread
  • 1 onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom
  • 2 (15-oz) cans chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tsp sage to taste
  • 1 ( 5-6 lb) bone-in turkey breast or turkey

Instructions:

  • 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.

Notes:

  • I make homemade cornbread a day or two before making the dressing.
  • Here is my recipe for the BEST Southern Cornbread: https://www.plainchicken.com/southern-cornbread/
  • I chop the onion and celery in a food processor so it is very finely chopped.
  • Can use 98% fat-free or Healthy Choice cream of chicken and mushroom soup.
  • If you don’t like cream of chicken or mushroom, you can substitute any cream of soup you prefer.
  • 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: https://www.plainchicken.com/brined-thanksgiving-turkey/
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Steph

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  1. Tom's here for Thanksgiving and we made the dressing, although we didn't cook it with the turkey. It was delicious! John and Tom are now playing Sports Illustrated football. A real old fashioned Thanksgiving. (Although I don't think Julia would have served champagne!)

  2. That looks wonderful! Just wondering if you seasoned the turkey with anything? We usually inject our turkey with Cajun seasoning but if I made it with the dressing in the pan would that ruin the flavor of the dressing you think?

  3. I'm so hungry for it right now I could just spit. Yummm
    My favorite of all is the dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce…If I never had another piece of turkey, I wouldn't care.
    This looks almost just like my recipe..lots of black pepper and plenty of stock…

  4. Hey that's a good idea doing the breast on top! And, of course, it looks and sounds amazing. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. We’ve been on the road without wi-fi access since Monday morning, so I’m behind in my blog reading. I'm with you guys and live for the dressing – your mom's recipe sounds and looks sooo good and I really like the idea of cooking it under the breast – especially since it's the part Bev wants. The dish below also looks outstanding and both went onto the try list.

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