Cornbread Dressing for a Crowd

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.


40 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
At least 10 of us women made this old-fashioned dressing to feed over 1,500 people at our church's fall festival. Everyone thought it was wonderful. It's the best dressing I've ever made.—Patty Kierce, Weir, Texas


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 cups minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 loaves (1-1/2 pounds each) bread, toasted and cubed
  • 12 cups cubed cornbread, toasted
  • 10 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 10 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • 5 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the water, onions, celery, parsley, butter and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. In several large bowls, combine the bread, cornbread, uncooked eggs, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, broth and onion mixture.
  2. Divide among four greased 3-qt. baking dishes. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 551 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 268mg cholesterol, 1196mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.