Anytime we see “Southern” in front of a recipe, we think scrumptious comfort food made with love. So, of course, a homemade southern-style cornbread dressing recipe, inspired byDivas Can Cook, is an irresistible idea for the Thanksgiving holiday table. Make it to go alongside your turkey, and your holiday mission will be deliciously complete.
Our Southern cornbread dressing recipe features an abundance of homemade cornbread chock full of sauteed onions, celery and bell peppers. Shredded chicken makes it a heartier side dish, but you can leave it out or substitute your favorite fully cooked sausage.
What’s the difference between dressing and stuffing?
The ingredients are nearly identical, but dressing is cooked in a baking dish outside the turkey; stuffing is, well, stuffed inside the turkey before the bird is roasted. Dressing is fluffier, but if you like the moister, denser character of stuffing, go ahead and cook it in your turkey.
Our basic cornbread recipe is nothing short of amazing all on its own. Made with self-rising cornmeal, self-rising flour, buttermilk, eggs and oil, it’s a tasty, tender version that will make you want to grab a big glass of milk or a bowl of chili and keep eating bite after bite.
A word about self-rising cornmeal
You might not have heard of self-rising cornmeal, but it’s a popular, common ingredient in the South. Self-rising cornmeal is ground yellow or white cornmeal premixed with baking powder and salt. It’s not the same as a box of Jiffy cornbread mix. Do not substitute it.
DIY self-rising cornmeal
If you can’t find self-rising cornmeal, make your own: Simply whisk together 1 cup cornmeal, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.