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Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing

Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing

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My grandmother often made this for my family at holidays and also just with good homemade meals. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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  • Calories:
  • 363 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 52.8g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 8.8 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Sodium:
  • 1582 mg
  • 63%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Prepare the dry corn bread mix according to package directions. Cool and crumble.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery and onion until soft.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.
  5. Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
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This is an excellent recipe if you are familiar with southern cornbread but never cooked it and want to try with a basic recipe. If you are new to making it, some things you DEFINITELY need to know: 1)"Dry Corn Bread Mix" is "corn meal mix", not Jiffy or sweet brands. The Aunt Jemima brands are perfect. Sweet dressing doesn't have the traditional southern taste most folks are accustomed to. 2)Sage is delicious but is like any other herb: personal preference rules because it is VERY strong. If you are not used to sage, cut the recipe amount in half and add your sage to the recipe before the eggs, so you can taste as you go along. 3)The more you stir and mix this recipe, the more dense and gummier it gets. If its "wet" before you bake it, the stiffer it will be when it's done. It will sit up like a brick! If you like a lighter, fluffier dressing ("stuffing" like), only add as much liquid as needed to be visibly moist; it should still be chunky when you pour it in the baking dish to get a light consistency. 4)For non-vegetarians, add meat to this dish! Almost any meat will go well: cubed or shredded turkey, ham, chicken, sausage, ground beef, bacon. Try your favorite. 5)BE CAREFUL if you use poultry seasoning, some blends have salt. Reduce the recipe salt if needed. 6) My grandma told me her secret to good dressing is the vegetables, so use plenty celery & onion. Cook them only until tender and the onions are translucent so you don't lose all the crunch. It adds great texture.


I made a few modifications to make it more like my Grandma's recipe - increased celery to 1 cup, added 3/4 cup chopped bell pepper, 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning + large pinch of sage, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, and used the entire mix of cornbread instead of 3 cups as it says (Jiffy brand comes in 8 1/2 oz. boxes - use 2 boxes). Wow, what a hit with my crowd! I found it easy to bake it for 30 minutes the night before, refrigerate, let it come to room temperature, then bake it 10-15 minutes before serving is perfect. Thanks for the recipe!


Be sure to use a cornbread mix that doesn't include sugar. In the Oklahoma area, Shawnee Mills mix is sugar-free. Jiffy Cornbread Mix DOES contain sugar. If you can't find a sugar-free mix, buy a bag of cornmeal and follow the instructions to bake your own cornbread from scratch. The dressing won't taste right otherwise. My grandmother used a similar recipe, but added 2 or 3 chopped hard-boiled eggs to the dressing mixture before baking. The amount of sage you need depends on personal taste and how long ago the jar of sage was bought and opened. Add sage by single teaspoons (BEFORE you put in the raw, beaten eggs), stir well, and taste test after each teaspoon. This will ensure you get a perfect pan of dressing!