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Cornbread Dressing with Sausage Recipe

This easy Cornbread Dressing with sausage is baked outside the bird but still so buttery and moist! Bring a taste of the South to your Thanksgiving table.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 134kcal


  • Dried cornbread homemade (see notes) or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 sweet italian sausages casings removed
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery with leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme crumbled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley minced
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey stock or chicken stock


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Butter a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. Place the cornbread into a large bowl. 
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and oil. Stir in sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • To the cornbread, add celery and sausage mixture and toss to combine. Add eggs, dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and parsley. Stir in turkey stock, a little at a time, until it forms a moist mixture. 
  • Place mixture in prepared baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Place in the oven and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crispy, about 20 additional minutes. Serve.


For homemade cornbread:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter a square 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, combine:  3/4 cup stone-ground cornmeal, 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together: 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons cooled melted butter, and 1 cup buttermilk. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients. Pour into the prepared dish and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.


Calories: 134kcal