What’s the difference between Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing?
How to make Cornbread Dressing or Stuffing:
Cut the cornbread and french loaf into small, bite-size cubes. Spread the bread cubes onto large baking sheets and leave them to dry out for 1-2 days.
In a large skillet over medium heat and the butter. Once the butter is melted add the onion and celery and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add basil, thyme, rosemary, fresh parsley, chicken broth and bring to simmer.
Add the dried bread and cornbread cubes to a large bowl. Gradually ladle the broth mixture onto the bread, tossing lightly as you go. Gradually add more broth mixture until it’s just moistened. You may not need all of the broth, depending on how moist you like your stuffing.
Layer mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish (OR stuff it inside your turkey to cook, if you’d rather) and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
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- 1 loaf crusty french bread cut into small cubes (about 6-8 cups), and DRIED
- 1 8x8 pan cornbread cut into small cubes (about 6-8 cups), and DRIED
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 medium onion , chopped
- 4 ribs celery , chopped
- 4-5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary , chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley , chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- If you haven't already, dry your cornbread and bread cubes. Spread them onto large baking sheets and leave them to dry out for 1-2 days. If you're in a hurry you can dry it out in the oven. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees F for about 30-45 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes or so, until the bread is dry and stale.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted add the onion and celery and cook for a few minutes until softened.
- Add basil, thyme, rosemary, fresh parsley, and chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
- Add the dried bread cubes to a large bowl. Gradually ladle the broth mixture onto the bread, tossing lightly as you go.
- Gradually add more broth mixture, just until everything is evenly moistened. (You don't want to add too much broth or it will be more mushy and dense). Taste it and add more herbs or salt, if needed.
- Layer mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
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*I originally shared this recipe November 2013. Updated November 2018.
Do you use a southern style cornbread that’s only cornmeal or a northern style that’s mixed with flour? I’m planning to do southern cornbread but I’m worried it might be too crumbly.
Can I substitute fresh herbs such as sage for the dried and how much would I use
I made half the recipe, but I did add some ground sage, garlic powder, and onion powder to it as well. I only gave it 4 out 5 because the result was a bit dry. I had to keep adding more broth and rebaking it. Other than needed to add more broth, the recipe was very simple and delicious. I usually make my dressing with sausage, apples, and dried cranberries, so I thought I’d give this a try. Delish.
Hi! Can I use boxed cornbread stuffing to make this?
I did make the cornbread stuffing and as well as family enjoyed this recipe it was very easy too prepare!! However l used all cornbread and a little more melted butter. I added poultry seasoning only that’s what we like and delish
can I make this with all corn bread and no white bread?
Yes, that would be fine, it will just be a little more dense.
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