Just like mama used to make.


Lady Bird Johnson gave us so much for which to be thankful. During her time in the White House, the former first lady beautified our highways, introduced the masses to the magic of Rotel, and helped humanize the country's highest office.

Lady Bird's recipes, which she spent years perfecting at her family's ranch in the Texas Hill Country, are yet another one of her lasting contributions.

The handful of recipes preserved by The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library are available online. They include her take on Southern favorites like pickled okra, King Ranch Casserole, spoon bread, and more.

But, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, we're particularly interested in her recipe for turkey dressing (below).

Lady Bird Johnson Turkey Dressing Recipe
Credit: The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

Lady Bird Johnson's Turkey Dressing (Serves 8):

  • Medium-size pan of Corn Bread
  • 4 slices of toasted Bread
  • 1 stalk chopped Celery
  • 3 large Onions, chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • Salt, Pepper, Sage
  • Stock from Turkey

Mix together bread and corn bread that has been crumbled with stock from turkey. Be sure to use enough stock so it will not be stiff. Add eggs and remaining ingredients. Bake slowly for one hour.