Cornbread Dressing with Sausage

This easy cornbread dressing gets a shot of something savory with the addition of sausage and a dash of pepper. It's a family-favorite recipe that uses all the traditional dressing ingredients—cornbread, sandwich bread, broth, butter, celery, onions—and is a perfect complement to all manner of mains. You could call it a classic. Our Test Kitchen recommends making the cornbread muffins, which provide the foundation for the recipe, yourself, but you could also buy a pack or two from the nearest supermarket and save yourself some time. When it comes to cooking during the holidays (or year-round, for that matter), time is precious. Keep your prep time at a minimum, and you'll have more time to spend with family. This dressing is a good choice, because it's as easy-to-cook as a dressing gets, plus, thanks to the addition of sausage, it's even more satisfying than your average dressing. It's a time-tested recipe, too; it's the dressing people ask for every year, and if it's not on our table when the holidays arrive, there are sure to be more than a few disappointed faces scanning the buffet. This dressing recipe never disappoints, so add this one to your holiday menu and you'll soon see why it's a must-make down South.

Cornbread Dressing with Sausage
Photo: Southern Living
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 10 (2-inch) cornbread muffins, crumbled (about 5 1/3 cups)

  • 6 white sandwich bread slices, torn into small pieces

  • 2 (14-oz.) cans chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 4 celery ribs, chopped

  • 1/2 (1-lb.) package mild ground pork sausage

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Soak cornbread and sandwich bread in chicken broth in a large bowl 10 minutes; stir until liquid is absorbed.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions and celery, and sauté 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Add sausage, and cook, stirring often, over low heat 8 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Add sausage mixture, eggs, and pepper to bread mixture; stir well. Spoon dressing into prepared dish.

  3. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until lightly browned.

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