Family Recipe – Mama’s Cornbread Dressing

Our family has a cherished tradition of getting together to celebrate the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter.  And like most families, we always have to have our traditional foods!  I recently gathered some favorite family recipes, and presented them as gifts at Christmas. I asked everyone to share the favorite recipes from our grandmothers, mothers, sisters and husbands!  We had special memories attached to each recipe, whether it was who made them, the ways they cooked, or just the stories they told every year. 

The Thanksgiving turkey in our house was only good if the dressing was alongside – the cornbread dressing with sage!  The following is the recipe that my family has followed for years and years, and though we all tweak it a little to taste, we follow the same basic method.  And don’t be afraid to serve it any other time of the year as well.  It always tastes great!

Mama’s Cornbread Dressing


14 oz. bag cornbread crumbs (or 1 large pan of cornbread)

1-2 cups chopped celery

1-2 cups chopped onion

1 stick butter (margarine)

2 cans (1 box) chicken broth

2-3 eggs, beaten

Approximates:  2 Tablespoons poultry seasoning

                        1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper

                        2 Tablespoon rubbed sage (extra to taste)

Saute onions and celery in butter for about 15 minutes. Add extra sage and poultry seasoning if you like to enhance the flavors. 

Celery, Onion, Sage, Poultry Seasoning with butter

Celery, Onion, Sage, Poultry Seasoning with butter


Stir into bread crumbs along with seasonings to taste. Add eggs and chicken broth until it is moist, but not too soupy.  Spread in a greased (or sprayed) casserole dish (9×13 pan).  Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes, covered. Uncover for the last 15 minutes, till it browns slightly. 

Serve with Turkey and gravy and all the fixins!

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