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Homemade Bacon Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Whether you are looking for the best cornbread stuffing to make for Thanksgiving, or are just in the mood for some dleicious homemade cornbread dressing, this cornbread stuffing recipe is what you’ve been looking for! This corn bread dressing uses actual cornbread that is toasted and soaked in half and half, combined with onions, celery, bacons, same, and thyme for southern dressing recipe that is so good it could be the main dish!

Whether you are looking for the best cornbread stuffing to make for Thanksgiving, or are just in the mood for some dleicious homemade cornbread dressing, this cornbread stuffing recipe is what you've been looking for! This corn bread dressing uses actual cornbread that is toasted and soaked in half and half, combined with onions, celery, bacons, same, and thyme for southern dressing recipe that is so good it could be the main dish!

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Cornbread Stuffing

I don’t know about you, but growing up I wasn’t too impressed with the stuffing served with Turkey, It seemed more like an after thought than a yummy clamoured side dish. But it’s tradition so when I got married and made my own Thanksgiving dinner I knew I needed to serve it, but I was determined it would be delicious! So after several different tries with various options over the years this yummy cornbread stuffing has been our families tradition. My kids beg for my best cornbread dressing recipe as it is so delicious and flavorful it deserves a spot of honor next to the turkey! You will love that you can make it with homemade cornbread or convenient jiffy cornbread dressing. Plus make it head and keep refrigerated for a no stress meal.

jiffy cornbread, bacon, onion, chestnuts, half and half, egg, butter, chestnuts, crasins, rosemary, thyme, parsley

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

All you need to make this yummy stuffing recipe are a few common ingredients:

  • 9″ pan of baked cornbread – make from scratch or use 2 x 8.5 oz boxes corn muffin mixes
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz sliced chestnuts can, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 TAB fresh thyme
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 TAB fresh sage
  • ¾ lb bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (i.e. craisins)
  • 2 TAB butter
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (or 1 Tablespoon dried)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • salt & pepper

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Start by preparing and baking your cornbread according to package directions.

cube cornbread and toast

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Preheat oven to 325.  After the cornbread has cooked, let it cool down and then cut or break it into 1” cubes. In large baking dish arrange cornbread in single layer and toast 10-15 minutes, turning once.

soak taosted cornbread in egg milk mixture

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Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together the chicken broth, half and half, and eggs. Once tasted, fold the cornbread pieces into the wet mixture and soak for 10 minutes.

cook cut bacon until crisp

Homemade cornbread dressing

In the meantime, in a large skillet cook bacon. Set the bacon aside, but reserve the drippings.

saute celery and onion in bacon grease for extra flavor

Add butter to your skillet of drippings, then add onion and celery. Cook over medium heat until softened, about 10 minutes.

add chestnuts and seasonings to softened vegetables

Jiffy cornbread dressing

Stir in chestnuts, thyme, and sage until combined.

add bacon, parsley, and cranberries to vegetables

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In a 9 x 13 pan combine the soaked cornbread, skillet mixture, cranberries, parsley, bacon, and salt & pepper.

Note: soaked bread will look mushy & you may think it won’t work – it will!!

toss vegetables and cornbread, cover with buttered foil

Homemade cornbread stuffing

Cover; let stand for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

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Thanksgiving cornbread

Preheated oven to 350 F. Butter foil and place butter side towards cornbread and cover the dish. Bake the stuffing  for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until golden.

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Old fashioned southern cornbread dressing recipe

This cornbread is seriously delicious! The comfort of cornbread, pop of bacon flavor, and classic sage and thyme combine for a timeless recipe that will become your family favorite tradition!

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I love that it is light and fluffy and moist without being dry like some stuffing recipes get.

Homemade cornbread dressingEach bite is filled with flavor from seasonal corn and cranberries to crisp chestnuts and full-flavored bacon! The seasoning compliments it so well!

Homemade cornbread stuffing

This homemade cornbread stuffing is so good you will almost want to skip the other side dishes to make sure you have room for seconds… or thirds!

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Bacon Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Whether you are looking for the best cornbread stuffing to make for Thanksgiving, or are just in the mood for some dleicious homemade cornbread dressing, this cornbread stuffing recipe is what you've been looking for! This corn bread dressing uses actual cornbread that is toasted and soaked in half and half, combined with onions, celery, bacons, same, and thyme for southern dressing recipe that is so good it could be the main dish!
Servings: 8 people
Author: Beth Gorden

Ingredients

  • 2 8.5 ounce boxes corn muffin mix prepared or from scratch baked 9" pan of cornbread
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 and 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces sliced chestnuts, shopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 Tablespoons thyme
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablesppon sage
  • 3/4 lb bacon cut into pieces  
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (i.e. craisins)
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh parlsey or 1 Tablespoon dried
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. In large baking dish arrange cornbread in single layer and toast 10-15 minutes, turning once.
  • In a bowl whisk together the broth, half and half, and eggs. Fold the toasted cornbread pieces into wet mixture and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook bacon (reserving the drippings). Set bacon aside.
  • Add butter to the skillet of drippings,add chopped onion and celery. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in chestnuts, thyme, and sage until combined.
  • In a 9 x 13 pan, dump together the skillet mixture, cranberries, parsley, cooked bacon that has been crumbled up, soaked cornbread, and salt & pepper. Toss gently to not mush or break up cornbread.
    Note: soacked bread will look mushy & you may think it won’t work – it will!
  • Cover the pan and let stand for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheated oven to 350 Fand grease the underside of the foil covering the cornbread. Bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden.

Seriously this homeamde cornbread stuffing is the BEST! The bacon, sage, and toasted corn bread make this a MUST side dish for Thanksgiving!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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