This easy cornbread dressing is the perfect side dish for the holidays! There is nothing more comforting than this moist and delicious side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Where I am from, we grew up eating Stove Top Stuffing. I didn't even know about cornbread dressing until we moved to the south. Now that I've had both, I definitely prefer a good southern cornbread dressing over store-brand stuffing.
This cornbread dressing recipe is so simple to make because we start with baking a box of Jiffy in an 8x8 pan. The box recipe calls for ⅓ cup of milk, but I use buttermilk to give it more of a rich creamy flavor. You can even do this part a day ahead before crumbling into the rest of the recipe.
🧾 Grocery List
In addition to the Jiffy mix and the ingredients called for on the box, you will need just a few more easy additions.
Gather these ingredients:
- Jiffy cornbread mix (1 box)
- Eggs (3 large)
- Buttermilk (⅓ cup)
- Sliced bread (4 white slices)
- Yellow onion
- Celery (3 stalks)
- Unsalted butter (2 tablespoons)
- Cream of chicken (1 can)
- Chicken broth (2 cups)
- Ground sage
- Dried thyme
- Salt & pepper
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🍗 Stuffing vs. Cornbread Dressing
There is much debate over the difference between stuffing and cornbread dressing. Some say there is only a difference in the name based on the region you live, but no difference in the dish. Others say if it's stuffed in the turkey, it's "stuffing". In my experience, the stuffing I've tasted is mainly consisted of white bread cubes, and cornbread dressing is more cornbread based. But, there are areas that may call a cornbread based dish "cornbread stuffing", too. The debate will forever continue, I'm sure.
You can use this recipe as a base and add whatever mix-ins and seasonings you like. I always have to have sage seasoning, but thyme or summer savory are also great add-ins! Maybe you want to add crumbled bacon or sausage. I like this basic easy recipe as it is written, but everyone has their traditional cornbread dressing they're used to.
📖 How To Make Cornbread Dressing
You can quickly put together this Thanksgiving side dish together with a few simple steps:
- Prepare Jiffy cornbread according to package directions (using buttermilk instead of milk).
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix together crumbled cornbread, diced white bread, eggs, onions, celery, butter, cream of chicken, chick broth and seasonings.
- Pour into a 9x13-inch casserole dish.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
👩🏽🍳 Tips to Make Ahead
If preparing ONE day in advance:
Bake the Jiffy cornbread the day before so it's ready to crumble into your recipe.
If preparing ONE to TWO days in advance:
Combine all the ingredients up to two days before and keep in the fridge until ready to bake.
If preparing MORE THAN TWO days in advance:
Prepare all the steps before baking and then freeze. Remove from freezer and thaw in fridge two days in advance.
If preparing for Thanksgiving day:
On Thanksgiving day, bake the cornbread dressing early in the morning and refrigerate. After you remove the turkey from the oven, place your cornbread dressing in the oven to reheat. We reheated our dressing at 350°F for 15 minutes and it was perfect.
🦃 More Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
- Creamy Crock Pot Mac 'n Cheese
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Corn Casserole
- Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
- Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
This recipe was originally published November 2018 and updated September 2020 with new make-ahead tips.
Easy Cornbread Dressing Recipe
- 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
- 3 large eggs (1 for Jiffy, 2 for cornbread dressing)
- ⅓ cup buttermilk (or milk)
- 4 slices white bread diced small
- ½ yellow onion diced
- 2-3 celery stalks diced
- 2 tablespoons butter diced
- 1 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 2 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- ½ teaspoon thyme optional
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease an 8x8-inch pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the Jiffy dry mix, 1 egg, and buttermilk. Let rest for 3 minutes then spread into 8x8-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch pan.
- Wipe out the bowl. Crumble the cornbread into the bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients -- do not forget the additional 2 eggs. Pour into the prepared 9x13-inch pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is set.
- Chop your onions and celery while the Jiffy cornbread is cooling.
- See blog post for make-ahead tips.
- Already have a favorite cornbread recipe? Use yours in this recipe for dressing instead!
- Nutrition information is an estimate only.