Cornbread Stuffing

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posted: 11/15/20

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Cornbread Stuffing is the most delicious Thanksgiving side dish recipe. This homemade stuffing is simple, and your family will love it – this recipe is a keeper!

side view of a pan of cornbread stuffing

The other night my husband and I were talking about how Thanksgiving will look this year. We are disappointed that we need to keep it just our small family of five, but feel strongly that it is the right thing to do.

Nathan and I made the decision to still make a Thanksgiving spread (probably opting to go with this Turkey Breast Recipe rather than a whole bird). And he looked at me and said:

“I will make the stuffing for you, because you have to have stuffing on Thanksgiving.”

And then I fell in love with him all over again.

Roses don’t make swoon, guys. Stuffing does.

This Cornbread Sausage Stuffing is an easy spin on my Classic Homemade Stuffing, and it is ridiculously amazing. I’m not at all joking when I tell you that the next time we get to celebrate Thanksgiving with our full family again, I’m making both.

How to Make Cornbread Stuffing

This Cornbread Stuffing is super simple to make, yet packs such a flavor punch that it will seem like you spent hours in the kitchen. Make sure to check out the recipe card below for exact measurements and instructions. But here’s all you need to do:

  1. First, you’ll need to make your cornbread. (more on that below)
  2. Then, in a hot skillet, brown up some sausage along with celery and onions and add your seasonings along the way.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the sausage mixture with crumbled cornbread.
  4. Add it all into a baking dish, pour some chicken stock over the top, then cover and bake! It really is that simple!
overhead view of a whole pan of cornbread sausage stuffing

What Cornbread to Use

I happen to have a super simple Homemade Cornbread recipe that tastes absolutely scrumptious in this sausage stuffing! I promise it doesn’t add a ton of time to the process and it is so delicious. You can make it the day before, and just store it covered until time to assemble your stuffing.

However, if you’re really short on time, you can use any cornbread mix too. Just bake as directed on the box and then add it to this recipe.

close up picture of cornbread recipe topped with butter and honey

What Sausage to Use in Cornbread Stuffing

I love to use hot Italian pork sausage in this recipe. The spiciness of the pork balances out the sweetness of the cornbread and just blends so well together. You could also try:

  • Sweet Italian Sausage (with the casings removed)
  • Mild Italian Sausage
  • Mild or Spicy ground breakfast sausage
  • Pork or Turkey based sausage

Sausage Fat Content

Each type of sausage can have a different fat content, so depending on which one you use, you may not need to add extra oil to the pan before browning. If there’s quite a bit of fat, drain off the excess before adding the sausage mixture to your cornbread.

overhead view of a baking dish with cornbread stuffing recipe with two utensils sticking put

How Many Does this Serve

This Cornbread Sausage Stuffing easily serves eight hungry adults, but if you have lots of other Thanksgiving side dishes, you may find it can serve more like 10-12. You can simply double this recipe as well. It makes for delicious leftovers!

Make Ahead

Cornbread Stuffing is one of those dishes you can make ahead of time! Combine all of the ingredients the night before Thanksgiving, cover and store in the refrigerator. Then on the big day, all you have to do is pop it in the oven.

close up of a baking dish full of cornbread sausage stuffing
overhead view of a baking dish with cornbread stuffing recipe with two utensils sticking put
3.53 from 17 votes

Cornbread Stuffing

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sausage cassings removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 5 cups crumbled cornbread

Instructions

  • Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Preaheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large skillet add heat the oil. Then add in the sausage, celery, and onions. Cook breaking up the sausage. Add the dried herbs, salt, and pepper. Cook until the sausage is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. If there is excess fat in the pan, drain it at this point.
  • In a large bowl, combine the crumbled corn bread and sausage mixture.
  • Pour the stuffing mixture into the pan. Pour the chicken stock over it. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Author: Lisa Longley
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  1. Donna says

    I don’t like meat (sausage) in my stuffing! Can it be left out and maybe mire cornbread added??

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Donna! I haven’t tested this recipe without sausage. I would need to play with the recipe a little.

  2. Karen Mitchell says

    Hi,
    I was wondering if I can put this stuffing in the turkey.
    Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Karen! I never recommend stuffing a turkey because I think that it takes the bird so much longer to cook and you run the risk of things not cooking properly.

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