Homestyle Southern Cornbread Stuffing with Herbs and Vegetables

Dec 4, 2023 | Side Dishes


Prep Time

Cooking Time

20 minutes
45 minutes


  • 1 batch of homemade cornbread (about 8 cups worth)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or dried cranberries for added flavor and texture


1. Prepare the cornbread:

Start by baking a batch of your favorite cornbread ahead of time. Feel free to use a store-bought version if that’s more convenient. Once baked and cooled, crumble the cornbread into a large mixing bowl and set it aside. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Sauté the vegetables:

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the chopped onion, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté until they become tender and translucent, releasing their delightful aroma. This should take about 5-7 minutes.

3. Combine the ingredients:

Now, it’s time to bring everything together. Add the sautéed vegetables, dried sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, salt, and black pepper to the crumbled cornbread. Give it a good stir, ensuring that the flavors are evenly distributed. At this point, you can also add the optional chopped pecans or dried cranberries if desired.

Cornbread stuffing ingredients

4. Moisture is key:

Gradually pour the chicken or vegetable broth over the cornbread mixture, stirring gently to evenly coat everything. The amount of broth needed may vary depending on how dry or moist you prefer your stuffing. Judge accordingly and add more if necessary. The mixture should be moistened but not soaking.

5. Add the binding agent:

Once the mixture is evenly moistened, drizzle in the beaten eggs. The eggs will act as a binding agent, holding the stuffing together during baking. Mix gently until the eggs are fully incorporated.

6. Bake to perfection:

Transfer the cornbread stuffing mixture to a greased baking dish or a cast-iron skillet. Smooth the top with a spoon, ensuring an even distribution. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and crispy.

Baking cornbread stuffing

7. Serve and savor:

Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Serve the cornbread stuffing alongside your favorite holiday meal, or savor it as a delicious side dish any time of the year.

Delicious cornbread stuffing

Tips and Variations:

  • For a gluten-free version, substitute the regular cornbread with gluten-free cornbread or gluten-free bread cubes.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices to personalize the flavor profile. Fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary can also be used instead of dried.
  • If you prefer a slightly richer flavor, sauté the vegetables in bacon fat or add crumbled cooked bacon to the mixture before baking.
  • Customize the texture by adding toasted pecans or dried cranberries for a delightful crunch or burst of sweetness.

This recipe is a soulful homage to family traditions and the undeniable allure of Southern cuisine. Serve it with love to your family and friends, and let the comforting flavors transport everyone to a place of warmth and togetherness.

Delicious cornbread stuffing

Side Dishes > Homestyle Southern Cornbread Stuffing with Herbs and Vegetables

Share Your Results! 


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Was this article helpful?

Find more recipes on Side Dishes

Join a community of over 6 People

Find Your Favorite Recipes