Old Fashioned Cornbread Dressing
With Giblets "Southern Style"


Old Fashioned Cornbread Dressing Recipe with Giblets, Southern Style, is made from scratch for chicken, turkey, pork or fish.

You can choose using all cornbread or a combination of cornbread and white bread crumbs for more texture. This combination is the most popular in the South.

It makes a pan dressing but also makes a delicious stuffing for chicken, turkey, pork or fish.

Old Fashioned Cornbread Dressing
Made From Scratch Recipe

  • 4 cups crumbled cornbread
  • 2 cups lightly toasted white bread cubes
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped or cubed onion
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)
  • giblets (see below)
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade chicken or turkey broth (can used canned, but won't be quite as tasty)

Place bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl.

Add sage, thyme and salt and lightly toss with a large spoon to keep cornbread from breaking up too much.

This dressing is mildly seasoned so taste test and add more seasonings, if you like.

It is easier to add more than to take away in order to meet everyone's preference.

Drizzle on melted butter and gently toss to coat the bread crumbs.

Split celery rib in half lengthwise and using a cutting board, cut thin slices.

This makes smaller pieces that will cook during baking. Add to mixture.

Add chopped or cubed onion and salt to mixture.

Gently toss all together.

Drizzle on broth and gently toss until all the crumbs are coated with broth.

Spoon into a greased, large casserole or glass baking dish.

Do not pack. You are trying to keep the mixture as light as possible.

Cover with lid or aluminum foil.

Bake in a preheated oven 350F. for 40-45 minutes until pipping hot.

Remove from heat. Remove lid.

If you prefer a browner top or dryer dressing,  place back in oven, uncovered for 10 minutes or so until it is to your liking.

Serve as a side to Roast Chicken, turkey, duck, Stuffed Pork or fish.


For Old Fashioned Chicken Stuffing or Dressing With Giblets for baked Chicken or Turkey.

Cook giblets of your choice (heart, gizzard, neck and liver) alongside your chicken or turkey.

When they are done, carefully remove them from pan and let cool.

Remove the non-edible parts like bone, skin and gristle. Cut giblets into small pieces or chop them.

Fold into stuffing mixture before baking.

If you are going to stuff your chicken or turkey before you bake it you will need to cook your giblets ahead of time.

Place them in a sauce pan, cover with water and simmer on stove top until the meat is tender. It will start fall falling off the bones. Takes about 40-50 minutes.

For a large turkey, double the recipe.


May also be used (before cooked) as a substitute to stuff those meats or a substitute for boxed stuffing in Chicken And Dressing.

Refrigerate leftovers.

This way of making Southern Cornbread Dressing was shared with me by my beloved Native American Sister-In-Law, in the late 1950's. She was an awesome cook.

I had never heard of adding boiled eggs to chicken or turkey dressing, but it adds additional flavor and nutrients.

It is exceptionally delicious if you serve hot giblet gravy spooned over it.

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