A Thanksgiving menu would not be complete without stuffing.
If you want the traditional dish without the hassle, this Easy Cornbread Stuffing recipe is for you.
Ditch the drama of stuffing a turkey and make a simple baked stuffing in a few easy steps.
Toasted sweet cornbread is layered with sautéed veggies and fresh herbs. A splash of chicken stock marries these flavors perfectly, and the stuffing is baked to tantalizing golden perfection.
All the flavor and holiday festivity. None of the “traditional” hassle.
Why KJ Loves
Easy Cornbread Stuffing
Stuffing doesn’t need to be dry and tasteless. Enter: easy cornbread stuffing! The buttery, nutty taste from the cornbread brings this homey stuffing to life. Perfect for the holiday table!
Easy Cornbread Stuffing Ingredients
You can whip up some homemade cornbread, make boxed cornbread, or get store-bought cornbread. Your call!
I used salted butter for this recipe
A white or yellow onion would both work for this stuffing recipe.
Chop up some fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Make sure you de-stem them first by running your fingers down the herbs to pull the leaves off. I recommend fresh herbs, but if you need to use dried herbs, you can do 2 teaspoons of rosemary and 1 teaspoon of thyme. (Don’t use ground herbs!)
Salt & pepper
Easy Steps for Cornbread Stuffing
Cube and toast the cornbread.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the cornbread into 2-inch cubes and evenly arrange the cubes on a baking sheet.
Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cornbread is toasted and golden brown. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool.
Sauté the vegetables and herbs.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the onion and celery. Sauté for several minutes.
Add in the garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper, and continue to sauté until fragrant, a few minutes more. Remove from the heat.
Layer in a pan.
Spray a 2 ½ quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Working in layers, arrange a little bit of the sautéed vegetable mixture on the bottom of the pan, then add a layer of the cubed cornbread on top of that.
Keep layering until all the sautéed vegetables and cornbread have been used. I like to save a little bit of the vegetable mixture for the top so it’s colorful and peeking through.
Pour chicken stock and bake.
Evenly pour the chicken stock over the entire prepared stuffing, cover with foil, and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake the cornbread stuffing until the stuffing is golden brown and delicious.
Wash the dishes. How sad.
Cornbread Stuffing FAQ
Do you have other stuffing recipes?
If you’re looking for another baked stuffing recipe, try Herbed Croissant Stuffing.
What is cornbread stuffing made from?
Cornbread stuffing generally includes toasted or dried cornbread, sautéed vegetables and herbs, and chicken broth.
What is the difference between cornbread stuffing and cornbread dressing?
Stuffing and dressing are similar dishes. The main difference? Stuffing is cooked inside a turkey, while dressing is baked in a pan. Many people use the terms interchangeably, and it varies based on where you live. We’re calling this “stuffing” since that’s what we do in the Midwest. 😆
Should stuffing be covered when baking?
This stuffing recipe requires you to cover the stuffing for the first part of baking and remove the foil later on so you get a nice golden brown top.
What To Serve with Easy Cornbread Stuffing
Need other dishes to serve this Thanksgiving? Meet cornbread stuffing’s tablemates.
- Herbed Turkey Meatballs With Gravy — The aromatic, savory flavors of a holiday turkey without the fuss.
- Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes — OG mashed potatoes with a little extra creaminess and tang.
- Apple Pecan Salad — A little green for your menu. But you won’t believe how easy it is to turn kale from a health food into a scrumptious holiday side.
- Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie — It’s a cookie. It’s a pie. It’s both, and it’s to die for.
The Archive: Explore Other Thanksgiving Menus
- Thanksgiving 2022 – The theme in 2022 was “twists on classics.” From a buttery, golden brown turkey to a fluffy pumpkin mousse pie, this Thanksgiving Menu will easily impress your friends and family!
- Thanksgiving 2021 – This menu features a simple turkey recipe, a perfectly glazed ham, fresh twists on classic sides, and a warm, cinnamon-speckled apple pie.
- Thanksgiving 2020 – Try this beautiful glazed turkey, vibrant side dishes, and a scrumptious pumpkin dessert.
For more inspiration, see all our Thanksgiving recipe ideas here.
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