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Every year I make it, this cornbread and sausage stuffing is the most coveted side dish at the Thanksgiving table. Slightly sweet, packed with savory veggies and smoky sausage, you might not want to leave any room on your plate for the turkey once you try this stuffing recipe!

Cornbread and sausage stuffing in a white oval baking dish.

This stuffing is the best stuffing I’ve ever had. It’s a pretty bold statement, but I have several family members who can attest to this. I’ve had my fair share of stuffing and most are some variation of the same ingredients, but when I made this for Thanksgiving the first time, my dad declared that it was his “favorite, by far.” Now, it’s become a tradition in my family.

What makes this cornbread and sausage stuffing recipe so special? I think it’s the combination of cornbread and sourdough. You get the best of both worlds! The cornbread is my favorite part, though. The sweet and crumbly texture is scattered throughout every bite and the breakfast sausage amps up the flavor. I’ve never been a fan of actually stuffing the bird—so I guess you could call this dressing—but whatever you call it, this will be a winner at your table. 

What You’ll Need

Here’s a rundown of the ingredients you’ll need to make cornbread and sausage stuffing:

  • Sourdough bread
  • Cornbread
  • Unsalted butter
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Baby bella mushrooms – You can use white mushrooms, too.
  • Garlic
  • Chicken broth – Here’s how to make your own chicken broth.
  • Parsley
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh sage
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Breakfast sausage – Use your favorite! One made with maple syrup is especially good in this cornbread and sausage stuffing.
Closeup of cornbread and sausage stuffing in white oval baking dish

How to Make Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Here are my step-by-step instructions for making the best Thanksgiving stuffing you’ve ever had:

Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the sourdough and cornbread on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or until they’re lightly toasted.

Cook the vegetables. While the bread is in the oven, sauté the vegetables with a stick of butter for about 10 minutes, or until they’re soft and tender. Stir in the herbs and chicken stock, then reduce to a simmer.

Cook the sausage. In another skillet, brown the breakfast sausage. Drain off the fat, then add it to the skillet with the vegetables and remove from heat.

Make the stuffing. Place the toasted bread in a large, heat-proof bowl. Pour the vegetable-and-sausage mixture over the bread, and toss gently until most of the liquid is absorbed. Pour into a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish.

Bake the stuffing. Bake the stuffing uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the stuffing is toasty and browned on the top.

Tips for Success

This cornbread and sausage stuffing recipe is pretty straightforward, but here are some tips I’ve learned over the years:

  • Use fresh herbs. Aside from the thyme, the herbs in this recipe are fresh. This comes through in the flavor of the stuffing, so don’t swap them for dry.
  • Dry out the bread. Even if your bread is a little stale, I recommend drying it in the oven. The bread needs to be hard all the way through, otherwise the stuffing will be soggy.
  • Keep an eye on it. If your stuffing seems to be browning on top too quickly, you can tent it with foil and then remove it in the last 5 minutes of cooking time to get the top get crispy.

Can Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing Be Made in Advance?

Yes, you can prepare cornbread and sausage stuffing up to the point of baking and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a day. Take it out of the fridge while the oven preheats, then bake it according to the recipe instructions.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be placed in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 5 days. You can reheat the stuffing in the microwave, or in the oven at 350ºF, until it’s warmed through. Reheating it in the oven prevents it from getting soggy.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Without a doubt some of the best stuffing you will ever have!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • ½ loaf of sourdough bread, cubed
  • 6 ounce baked cornbread, cubed
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 5 ounce baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ¾ cup chicken broth
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cubed sourdough & cornbread on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes until they’re lightly toasted and golden. Remove and set aside. Keep oven temperature.
  • In the meantime, while the bread is toasting, sauté your veggies (onions to garlic cloves) with the stick of butter in a large skillet. Sauté until veggies are soft and tender, about 10 minutes. Then stir in all the herbs and chicken stock. Let simmer while you cook the sausage in a separate skillet.
  • Brown the breakfast sausage in a separate skillet. Drain and add to the veggie mixture and turn off the heat.
  • Add your toasted bread to a large bowl and carefully pour the chicken stock mixture over the bread. Using a spatula, gently toss the mixture until all is incorporated and not much liquid remain.
  • Pour the contents of the bowl into a large casserole dish. I used a 2 1/2 quart oval casserole dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, until lightly brown on top.
  • Remove and serve!
  • If you have leftovers, place in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Source: adapted from Picky Palate

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Carbohydrates: 517 g | Protein: 18 g | Fat: 36 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage stuffing, thanksgiving side dishes
Recipe Rating




Michelle

Monday 25th of November 2019

Made this stuffing for my work Thanksgiving potluck and there wasn't a morsel left! Super easy to make and insanely delicious. Making it again this week for my family Thanksgiving! I substituted vegetable stock and veg sausage and it still came out perfectly.

Alaina

Friday 17th of November 2017

This will be the fourth year I have made this stuffing for my family... and I will continue to make this for the rest of my life. It's truly the best stuffing I have EVER had (I would even venture to say I'm a stuffing connoisseur) and you are doing yourself a disservice by not trying this!

Julie

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Thanks so much for the rave review!!!

Theresa

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Great Recipe,love it.-Please keep them coming

Julie

Thursday 9th of November 2017

I shall!

Natayom

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

Can I use sweet Italian sausage for this recipe?

Julie

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

Yes, you may! Enjoy! :)

Melissa

Friday 23rd of November 2012

The search is over! This is a keeper, moist and flavorful. I'll never look for another stuffing recipe. LOVE IT!