Oct 29, 2011

Dolly's Southern Cornbread Dressing

This is one of my most looked at and shared recipes on the site.  I can tell you that it wouldn't be Thanksgiving or Christmas for that matter here at Hibiscus House without this side dish. My family would be in an uproar if I even thought about leaving it off the menu.  Join me for one of our Southern Traditions here.  

Bake a pan of your favorite cornbread
(I use White Lily White Cornmeal Mix, or a homemade favorite recipe.)


  • 1 Recipe cornbread crumbled chunky 
  • 1 large onion chopped 
  • 1 entire head of celery chopped 
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 chopped hard boiled eggs
  • 3 to 4 cans chicken broth OR homemade chicken stock **see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning if desired salt and pepper to taste 
  • Salt and black pepper to taste *see note


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  •  Saute the chopped onion and celery in melted butter until onions appear clear and tender 
  • Add sauteed onions and celery along with butter to cornbread.
  • Add the chopped boiled eggs and seasonings.
  • Add broth a little at a time . **see note
  • Pour into large greased baking pan:  It could take two pans depending upon quantity after mixing. Leave at least an inch of space at the top.  It won't rise much but you don't want it to overflow.
  • Optional:  Sprinkle the top with Paprika for pretty browning.
Bake 20 - 45 minutes or to desired browning.

*I taste mine and add extra seasonings, if needed.
**Open one can at a time use only what you need for the consistency of your dressing.  
Chicken or turkey, or vegetable stock/broth is to be added as needed:  Use enough to make dressing moist 
(I add enough liquid so that you can see liquid barely after stirring dressing; because you don’t want it dry. 
Don’t stir roughly you want it moist but still chunky.)

My family loves this recipe. My husband was raised up North and was used to bread stuffing . 
He now says he likes my Southern dressing better.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.


  1. Thank you for posting this. It is the best ever.

  2. This is the same recipe I have always use, my mother made is an now I do. That's for sharing, you can't go wrong with this one!

    1. Aww that is great. Lots of us share the same traditions and likes. I thank you for letting me know with such a sweet comment! Please visit again anytime.

  3. My Mother also made her dressing like that, except she added a raw egg AND made 2 batches: l with boiled egg & turkey giblets, and 1 without. A Southern traditional recipe loved by us all.

    1. I've made it that way too and love it as well! Thanks for sharing!