Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing

Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing is an AMAZING Thanksgiving dressing recipe featuring both French bread and cornbread, customized with garlic, your favorite herbs, and optional add-ins!

Garlic and Herb Stuffing with text overlay.


 

Last week I brought you Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mini Pecan Pies. This week I'm bringing you some tasty Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan, quite possibly the best darn Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon you'll ever try, and this DELECTABLE Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing!

I guess you could say we're officially in a Thanksgiving frame of mind these days. 😉

Cornbread Stuffing with garlic and herbs in baking dish.

So back to this stuffing! Or is it dressing? What do you call it? I honestly waver back and forth...

French Bread + Cornbread Stuffing

Whatever you call it, this stuffing/dressing is sublime. I first heard the notion of combining French bread and cornbread in a stuffing about seven years ago over at a blog by the little-known Pioneer Woman. I tried her recipe back then and wow...it was undoubtedly the best stuffing I had ever had. In fact, it's been right up there as my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal ever since...and that's saying a lot, seeing as how I grew up on stuffing á la Stovetop and never particularly cared for Thanksgiving dressing (at all).

Piled on serving platter.

Ingredients

This Cornbread Stuffing is full of flavor -- thanks to fresh minced garlic and plenty of fresh herbs -- but it also boasts incredible texture.

The cornbread soaks up the seasoned broth and crumbles, keeping the stuffing moist, while the cubes of French bread remain intact and slightly chewy.

I always buy my French bread (using a loaf similar to the one pictured in this recipe, in case you're curious about what kind to buy) but make my own cornbread using my Homemade Cornbread Mix. And I like to add a little honey so that my cornbread is slightly sweet, which I think is a nice contrast in this savory stuffing.

As for flavoring this Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing, well, there's plenty of fresh minced garlic and fresh herbs! I always like to start with parsley, rosemary, and thyme as my base herbs. Then if I'm using another herb in the meal -- such as sage in the turkey, for example -- I incorporate a bit of that into my stuffing as well, to help tie everything together.

Aerial view of Cornbread Stuffing baked in dish.

Variations

I like to keep my dressing simple and straightforward -- bread, garlic, herbs, broth -- since there's often a lot going on in the other Thanksgiving side dishes. However, the nice thing about this stuffing is that you can easily jazz it up if you want to.

  • Reduce the garlic and add in the traditional onions and celery.
  • Spice it up with some bell pepper chunks.
  • Throw in savory sauteed mushrooms.
  • Fold in some crispy cooked bacon or crumbled sausage.

Make it your own!

Garlic and Herb Cornbread Stuffing on platter.

Whether you prefer it plain or decide to toss in your favorite additions, this Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing is sure to be a popular addition to your table this Turkey Day! At our fake, food blogging-induced Thanksgiving dinner this past weekend, my eldest child declared it his favorite part of the meal and asked, "Can you eat this stuff all year long or only on Thanksgiving?" Guess I know what someone's going to be requesting for his birthday dinner come August... 😉

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Cornbread Stuffing with Garlic and Herbs.

Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing

Ultimate Cornbread Stuffing is a savory, simple Thanksgiving dressing recipe featuring both French bread and cornbread, customized with garlic and your favorite herbs and add-ins!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Calories: 194kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf French bread
  • 1 (8-inch) round pan of cornbread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons fresh minced garlic, about 3 to 5 medium-sized cloves, depending on how strong you want the garlic flavor to be
  • 4 cups chicken broth OR stock
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • The day before you make the stuffing, slice the French bread into 1-inch thick slices and then cut into 1-inch cubes. Spread out in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with cornbread, cutting into 1-inch cubes and spreading out on a baking sheet. Set pans on the counter and allow bread cubes to dry for 24 hours. (If you wish to speed up the process, place baking sheets in a 250°F oven for 30 minutes or until bread is dried out.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and generously grease a 2 ½-quart baking dish (or an oven-safe dish of a comparable size). Heat a large pot over low heat, add butter, and allow to melt. Add fresh minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garlic should be fragrant and beginning to turn a light golden brown but not dark. Add chicken broth to the garlic, increase heat, and bring to a boil. Stir in fresh herbs, ½ teaspoon of salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Combine dried French bread and cornbread cubes in a very large bowl (or in a stock pot, if you don't have a big enough bowl). Ladle a few scoops of broth over bread cubes, gently toss to combine, and adjust for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, and/or herbs, if desired. Continue to add broth to bread cubes, carefully tossing to moisten bread without breaking it all up.
  • Transfer stuffing to greased baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Notes

  • If you would like to add onion, celery, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc. to your stuffing, increase the butter (to about 1 stick), reduce the garlic (to about 1 clove) and cook vegetables in butter until tender (onions/celery should be translucent, and any liquid given off by mushrooms should have evaporated) before adding broth and proceeding with the recipe.
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh minced garlic will give your stuffing a pretty garlicky flavor. Use less if you prefer a milder garlic flavor.
  • Fresh herbs are optimal for this recipe, but if you use dried herbs, reduce the amounts to ⅓ of what was originally called for in fresh herbs (dried herbs are more potent so you need to use less). Feel free to increase/decrease/change the herbs to your tastes.
  • The amount of salt you use will depend on if your butter was salted, how much sodium your chicken broth/stock contains, and how salty you like your food. Add salt carefully and taste often to get the amount to your liking. I ended up using ¾ teaspoon total in our stuffing.
  • You may stuff your turkey with this dressing, if desired...the stuffing is safe to eat once its internal temperature reaches 165°F with a food thermometer. Bake any leftover stuffing in a baking dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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24 Comments

    1. An adorable name for what I'm sure is an adorable little girl! 🙂 Thanks for the comment, April!

  1. This apron reminds me of one my great-grandmother had when I was a little girl. I'd name this apron after her - Beulah Belle.

    1. What a fabulous, unique name, Lyndsey! Beulah Belle has such a nice ring to it...I bet your great-grandmother was a special lady. 🙂

      1. She was very special. The apron reminded me immediately of her and her kitchen. Bright, cheerful, classic, fun, and so loving. Her ham and beans with cornbread were legendary. Her biscuits were heavenly. Her presence was the epitome of coming home - no one was a stranger, everyone was family.

    1. Thanks so much, Peggy...I'm very happy that you enjoy the blog! And I love your apron naming suggestion...very pretty. 🙂 Hope you're having a great week!

  2. I LOVE this apron!!!! I would name it Hezzy - which was the nickname my step-dad would call my mom. Since she taught me everything I know about baking- that's what I would call it.

  3. This apron reminds me of my grandmother, Pearl. She always wore a colorful apron and she was a wonderful cook!

    1. What lovely memories of your grandmother, Lisa...and what a lovely name! Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

  4. Well I am going to name the apron Jenessah. My son and daughter in law just adopted a 12 yr old foster daughter. She's a doll and likes to cook.

  5. I really enjoy all of your recipes, I have made a few of them. I am going to try those mini pecan pies next! This stuffing recipe looks pretty yummy, too! Hmm, I am not sure what I'd name the apron. Vibrant watercolor? 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Carrie...I'm happy to hear that you've enjoyed some recipes from the site and have plans to try out a few others. 🙂 I think that your apron name suggestion sounds entirely fitting...it is both vibrant and watercolor-esque. 😉 Hope your week is going well!

  6. Hey Samantha, I have to admit that I usually don't care too much about stuffing. I could take it or leave it. But you have combined my two favorite kinds of bread into your stuffing and I'm pretty sure I would inhale this stuff! Pinning to make for Thanksgiving this year!

    1. Ha, Erin...well I hope you love it then! I'm the same way...I was always pretty indifferent towards stuffing until I tried this recipe, and now it's one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal. Thanks so much for the pin and I hope this recipe converts you to a fan of stuffing if you end up trying it! 😉