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Deluxe Cornbread Stuffing

When my husband and I were newlyweds and far from family, we invited friends over for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. I searched for stuffing recipes and combined the best aspects of several to create this one. Everyone liked it, and I still make it for holidays.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 6 cups crumbled cornbread
  • 2 cups white bread cubes, toasted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large tart apples, diced
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups chicken broth


  • In a large bowl, combine the bread, pecans and seasonings; set aside. Crumble sausage into a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet; cook over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Add butter to drippings; saute the apples, celery and onion until tender. Add to bread mixture; stir in sausage and enough broth to moisten.
  • Spoon mixture into cast-iron skillet; cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake just until set, about 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 326 calories, 18g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • jmkasprak
    Nov 29, 2015

    I cut the recipe in half and only used white bread cubes, not cornbread. It was a delicious mix of ingredients that pairs well with pork chops. I added a beaten egg and only used enough chicken stock to moisten the stuffing.

  • sharonbiggs
    Nov 25, 2010

    I was surprised how sweet this dressing was, my husband loved it. I did add a little more sage, just because I like it that way. Excellent side dish no matter what meal it's served with.

  • Plastic_Cup_of_Stars
    Dec 1, 2009

    Very high-end stuffing. Was a huge hit with my picky boyfriend who didn't even realize that he liked stuffing. The herbs give it a grown-up taste. And the apples and sausage make it a side dish that you can eat all on its own for leftovers. To quote my boyfriend, "This ain't no Stove Top!" No, "ain't." We'll be having this again next year. ;-)

  • Realtor Kathy
    Jan 2, 2007

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