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Cornbread Dressing with Sausage

January 10, 2013

The Southern Corn Bread recipe in Joy of Cooking is the cornbread that the book recommends for its cornbread stuffing. It’s delicious on its own, so I knew it would probably work well in Cornbread Dressing with Sausage.

In November I saw a recipe for Cornbread, Sausage, and Pecan Dressing  from Bon Appétit that looked terrific. I ended up combining ideas from Bon Appétit’s recipe with Joy of Cooking’s Basic Corn Bread Stuffing to create my Cornbread Dressing with Sausage.

This dressing was a great side dish with the turkey that I recently roasted, but it shouldn’t be reserved just for holidays. It would be a welcome side dish at any time during the cold winter months when comfort foods are so appealing. It would be just as good with a roast chicken, pork roast, or ham as it was with the turkey.

I loved the Southern Corn Bread in this dressing. It’s made with 100% cornmeal and no flour, so it’s an excellent choice for those who avoid wheat and gluten. Plus, it was just delicious! If wheat is not an issue, you can use 8 – 9 cups of your favorite cornbread.

Cornbread Dressing with Sausage is most definitely a recipe I’ll be making again!

Baked Cornbread Stuffing


Cornbread Dressing with Sausage

(Adapted from a Bon Appétit recipe and one in Joy of Cooking)


(print the recipe)


Serves 8 – 10


1 recipe of Southern Corn Bread (or 8 – 9 cups of your favorite cornbread)

1 pound bulk chicken sausage (I used Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage Roll)

½ cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan

1½ cups diced celery

2 cups chopped onions

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup minced Italian parsley

1 tablespoon minced fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 cups chicken (or turkey) broth


1. To toast the cornbread, preheat the oven to 400˚.

2. Cut the cornbread into cubes. Spread the cubes out on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven for 10 – 13 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the toasted cornbread in a large bowl.

Cutting the cornbread


Cornbread cut in cubes


3. Turn the oven down to 350˚.

4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Break up the sausage into the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until done. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside in a medium bowl.

5. Add the ½ cup of butter to the skillet. When it has melted, add the onions, celery, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened a bit.

6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, sage, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.

7. Add the mixture in the pan to the bowl with the cornbread. Stir to combine.

Cornbread, onions and herbs


8. Add the cooked sausage and the chicken broth and stir to combine.

9. Butter a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Spoon the dressing into the dish.

Cornbread dressing ready to bake

Cornbread stuffing ready to bake


10. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350˚ for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 40 minutes.

Baked Cornbread Stuffing


15 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:08 am


  2. Denice permalink
    November 26, 2013 5:52 am

    can you mix this up and cook it the next day?

    • November 26, 2013 6:17 am

      I can’t think of a reason why you couldn’t do that, Denice. Baking it cold from the refrigerator, it would just take a little more time in the oven.

      • Denice permalink
        November 26, 2013 7:22 am

        you don’t think it would absorb the broth and be soggy.

        • November 26, 2013 7:30 am

          Hmmm…..good point. Maybe you’d want to combine everything except the broth in your casserole, cover and refrigerate. Then when you’re ready to bake it you could stir in the broth.

          Really, just thinking out loud here. I’ve never tried it. If you do, I’d love to hear how it works.

    • CD716 permalink
      November 21, 2022 9:13 am

      Thank you for this recipe. I reduced the 3 cups of broth and used 1 can each of cream of mushroom, cream of celery and cream of chicken and used the sage sausage by jimmy Dean. Until this recipe I never made good dressing so Thank You!

  3. Denice permalink
    November 26, 2013 10:16 am

    Thanks for you input. Since my mom passed we haven’t had any good cornbread dressing and your recipe sounds a lot like hers so I thought I would surprise my dad and make it. I think I will combine everything except for the broth and then add it when I am ready to cook. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again and many Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family.

    • November 26, 2013 10:23 am

      That’s so sweet of you to do that for your dad, Denice! I think it should work well. Do let me know and Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours, too!

  4. Claudia Willmore permalink
    December 17, 2013 1:22 pm

    Hi Denice-

    How did your stuffing turn out for Thanksgiving? I want to make it for Christmas and do it ahead of time, except for the broth. This recipe sounds really good. Never done a cornbread dressing.

    Please let us all know how it worked doing it ahead of time.

    Thank you, Kathdedon for posting this.

    • December 17, 2013 4:53 pm

      You’re welcome, Claudia. I’m curious about how it turned out making it ahead of time, too. 😉

  5. Deborah permalink
    August 15, 2016 10:05 am

    Hi Kath – I want to use Italian Sausage instead of chicken. If using Italian, do I still need to use a broth? Too, I noticed the sausage was not completely brown after cooking and adding to mixture – I want to be sure the sausage is brown and crisp when cooked in dressing mixture.

    • August 15, 2016 10:33 am

      Hi Deborah,
      I, too, always make sure the sausage is fully cooked before mixing it in to the cornbread. The chicken sausage will be a bit lighter in color than pork sausage. Italian sausage would be a great choice. You do need to use the broth. We like dressing that has some moisture and 3 cups of broth works perfectly for me in this recipe. If you prefer a drier dressing, you could cut back on the broth, but I wouldn’t use less than 2 cups. Thanks for your comment. Hope this is helpful. 🙂


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