Cracker Barrel Country Store Style Cornbread Dressing

Plate of cornbread squares
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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
  • Yield: 1 pan

Now you can make your own Southern-style cornbread dressing at home with this recipe from the popular down-home Cracker Barrel restaurant chain. Made with leftover cornbread and biscuits, it's a great way to use up the odds and ends from previous dinners. Veggies, herbs, and chicken broth add tons of flavor.

Serve this Southern cornbread dressing with all of the classic fixings, including turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Enjoy it at a Thanksgiving feast or at a winter family dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts cornbread (day-old, grated)
  • 1 quart biscuits (day-old, grated)
  • 2 cups celery (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 4 ounces margarine (melted)
  • 1 quart (32 ounces) plus 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  3. Mix the grated cornbread, biscuits, celery, onion, parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add melted margarine to the mixture. Stir until well blended.

  4. Add chicken broth to dry ingredients and mix well. The dressing should have a wet but not soupy consistency like a cornbread batter.

  5. Divide mixture evenly into 2 (8 x 8-inch) pans sprayed with nonstick spray.

  6. Bake uncovered for 1 hour until lightly brown and crisped on the top. Serve.

Tips

  • The recipe may be doubled and baked in 2 (9 x 13-inch) pans.
  • Any dressing is best when it's made with stale bread products. Biscuits and cornbread that are a day or two old should work well. If your bread isn't stale enough, cut the cornbread into chunks, split the biscuits, and toast them in a low-temperature oven, just until dried out.
  • Grate the biscuits and cornbread in a food processor until coarsely ground or use the largest holes on your hand grater.
  • Corn muffins also work in place of the cornbread for this recipe.
  • Substitute your own homemade chicken broth or stock for canned for even better flavor.
  • If your cornbread dressing browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil for part of the baking time.

What Is the Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?

While stuffing and dressing are made with the same ingredients and using the same methods, stuffing is stuffed inside of the bird (either a turkey, chicken, or other poultry) and cooked, while dressing is baked in a pan outside of the bird. Stuffing has a couple of advantages in that it can be prepared without needing to roast a bird, can be made vegetarian, and isn't impacted by the minimum safe temperature of the poultry. However, stuffing does get extra flavor from the roasting turkey or chicken.