My Great Grandmother’s Cornbread Dressing Recipe

November 23, 2011

Photo by dkpixs.   

My Great Grandmother made stuffing on the regular. (Here’s more about her, this was added so it is posted in the future!) She was a genius in the kitchen, simple and quality.

So here is stuffing the way stuffing is supposed to be made, according to everyone that I’m related to. Also, our people call it dressing. Behold the power of dressing.

Cornbread Dressing, Central Texas Style

(that means, super simple and so freaking good)

What you’ll need:

Cornbread mix (and whatever that calls for)

1 sweet onion

Turkey broth (or chicken broth, or both)

What you’ll do:

Make the Jiffy cornbread according to the box recipe. Once it’s done and out and cool, pull it out the pan, put it in a bowl and mash it up/mix it up into cornbread crumbs. Chop one onion, add that to the mix. Bring approximately 32-48 oz of broth to a boil. Once the broth is super hot, add it to the mixture. Mix it up (it should be more soupy than solid). Put it in a 9X13 baking dish and bake it at 350 for 1 hour.

Just so you know, this recipe isn’t written down anywhere, so I had to adapt it. We usually make this for about 30 people and use 7 boxes of cornbread mix, 4 large onions, and broth from a 22 lb turkey + 2 cartons of 32 oz chicken broth.

This is so so good (and so easy), I  don’t know why you’d make dressing/stuffing any other way.

Happy Thanksgiving from Texas!

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    • Reply sue fox November 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      do you stuff your turkey with the stuffing?if so how do you cook your turkey so it stays moist

  • Reply The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful November 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

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  • Reply Tiffany November 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    No sage or poultry seasoning or even celery?

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura November 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Nope. Just onions, salt, pepper. Stripped down, purist dressing.

  • Reply Jennifer December 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    My Italian MIL mentioned that she’d make cornbread dressing is only she knew how to make cornbread. I looked up and responded “Duh. Jiffy in a box.” Well, ok I didn’t say duh. But it was implied.

    She looked at me like I had sprouted horns right there at the Thanksgiving table. And was eating a kitten.

    Anyway, my mom’s cornbread dressing (almost the same recipe as yours) wins, hands down every day of the week. Plus hers has kittens. Yum.

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  • Reply Joyce January 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    When I don’t make homemade cornbread, Jiffy is my go-to for quick cornbread! 🙂 I need to try dressing with Jiffy!

  • Reply janice November 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I make this jiffy recipe each holiday however i add eggs, bells poultry seasoning, celery and
    onions sauté in salted butter.

  • Reply Amber November 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! We are hosting our first thanksgiving this year, and I was searching for a recipe similar to the one (not written down) recipe used by husbands family. We are in North Texas and cornbread dressing is what we prefer too. Stuffing, no thanks!

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura November 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Good luck! This recipe is so simple and so good. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply tony pannell February 12, 2016 at 11:19 am

    This recipe sounds simple and delicious, do you use 3 boxes of jiffy in the smaller batch?

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