sausage cornbread dressing in orange baking dish

Sausage Cornbread Dressing

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Our Sausage Cornbread Dressing is sure to become a family favorite recipe! Moist and flavorful with a bit of spice from Italian sausage. A delicious side dish for any meal!



  • 2 pounds store bought cornbread, (or day old homemade cornbread) crumbled into large pieces
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or pork sausage
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced apple, peeled
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sat
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • Extra butter for buttering the dish and on top of the dressing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toast the cornbread in the oven for about 10 minutes.  You just want the cornbread dried out and slightly toasted, not burnt. You can do this step a day in advance if you need to save some time.
  3. Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sausage to brown, breaking up with a spoon.
  4. Once the sausage is browned, add the onion, celery and apple. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion has softened. Add the poultry seasoning, thyme, salt and pepper then the chicken broth.
  5. Bring the broth to a simmer and cook on low for 10 minutes.
  6. Place the cornbread in a large bowl  and toss gently with the beaten eggs. Pour the chicken broth and sausage mixture on top. Toss again gently to combine and then pour into a buttered 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. Dot the top of the dressing with extra butter.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 10-15 minutes to crisp up the top of the dressing.

Recipe Notes

Add an additional 5-10 minutes to the covered cooking time if the dressing is cold from the refrigerator.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven / Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American