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Cornbread Sausage Stuffing is the ultimate holiday side dish. It is rich and savory and made with simple ingredients. A favorite Old-Fashioned Cornbread Recipe.

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Cornbread Sausage Stuffing Recipe:

This Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage is one of our favorite side dishes to serve for our holiday dinners and an easy Thanksgiving Recipe. With the sausage added with the corn bread and the other simple ingredients makes for a rich and savory cornbread stuffing.

The consistency of the cornbread is crispy and toasty on the top. But has a tender and flavorful center. We love making cornbread stuffing but adding in the sausage takes a classic recipe to a whole new level.

This savory cornbread sausage stuffing is a simple ingredient stuffing. Perfect to serve for the holiday but is easy enough to serve year around. Add your favorite holiday turkey or ham to make this meal complete.

Cornbread sausage stuffing in a baking dish

How Stale should Cornbread be for Stuffing:

To prepare the cornbread for your stuffing, we recommend preparing up to two days in advance. This stuffing is best made with cornbread that is prepared ahead of time.

Cornbread Stuffing Recipes are one of my favorite sides and stuffing to make. They add a different flavor and texture than a traditional stuffing recipe.

Ingredients needed - cornbread mix, ground sausage, onion, celery, butter, minced garlic, pepper, salt, rosemary, eggs, chicken broth

Ingredients: 

  • Cornbread Mix (16 oz.) (See Best Bread for Stuffing)
  • Ingredients to make the Cornbread based on the package instructions 
  • Ground Sausage
  • Onion – diced
  • Celery – diced
  • Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh Rosemary diced
  • Large Eggs 
  • Chicken Broth 

How to Make Cornbread Sausage Stuffing : 

  • Make Cornbread – Prepare the cornbread based on the package instructions.  Cut it into 1 inch pieces and allow it to sit out overnight for it to dry out. 
  • Prepare oven and baking pan – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then spray a 9X13 baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray.  
  • Cook Sausage – Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat. Remove the sausage from the skillet to a large bowl. 
  • Cook butter, onion, and celery – Then add in the butter, onion and celery. Cook over medium heat until the veggies are tender (approximately 8-10 minutes).
  • Mix in seasoning – Cook while stirring in the minced garlic, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. Heat for 2-3 minutes until well combined. Then add to the bowl with the sausage.  
The process of cooking sausage and sauteing the vegetables
  • Add Cornbread – Add the dried cornbread to the mixing bowl. 
  • Prepare egg mixture – In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and chicken broth.  Pour this mixture over the cornbread and sausage mixture. Then gently toss until all the ingredients are coated with the egg mixture.  
The process of making cornbread sausage stuffing
  • Bake Cornbread Stuffing – Pour the mixture into the baking pan. Then bake for 30-35 minutes until the top of the stuffing is golden brown.  Cooking time will vary as it could take up to 45 minutes.
Cornbread Sausage Stuffing in a baking dish

Can you Make this Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can prepare the stuffing ahead of time. We recommend no more than an a day in advance. Prepare the recipe as directed up until it is ready to place in the oven.

Then place the uncooked stuffing in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap. When you are ready to bake, remove the plastic cover and bake. You may need to add a few extra baking minutes.

What is the Best Sausage to use?

When we made this stuffing, we used a mild sausage. You can choose an Italian Sausage if you prefer or add in flavored sausage such as a hot sausage.

I have also had some sausage patties or sausage links, that I grounded up and worked perfectly. You can also use a turkey based sausage to cut down on grease. You can also use homemade sausage.

Whichever sausage you choose, combining with the cornbread and the simple seasoning it will taste delicious.

Cornbread Sausage Stuffing in a baking dish with a serving on a spatula

Tips for Sausage Cornbread Stuffing:

  • Prepare Cornbread in advance – Make sure to make the cornbread the day before. This ensure that it can dry out before making the stuffing.
  • Cornbread ingredients – You will need the cornbread ingredients in addition to the other stuffing ingredients.
  • Switch out the Herbs – I used rosemary in this recipe but you can also use fresh spices. We recommend thyme or sage for this recipe.
  • Add in other vegetables: Carrots and water chestnuts also go really well in this recipe.
  • Use any kind of broth: You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
  • Baking Dish – Make sure to spray baking dish with cookie spray before adding in the stuffing mixture.
  • Brown Pork Sausage – You can prepare sausage in advance if you prefer. This will make it even easier on preparation and baking day.
Cornbread Sausage Stuffing on a plate

Why do you need to add Eggs to Cornbread Stuffing?

When you make stuffing you normally would not need to add egg. This is usually in your traditional stuffing that you used white bread or Italian bread. But with cornbread it tends to be a bit crumbly.

The egg is added to hold the mixture together but it will not have a eggy taste.

Recipe Variations:

This recipes has many variations that you can try. That is what we love about this recipe.

  • Try Sausage Apple Stuffing – Just add 2 diced apples when you are cooking the celery and onion.
  • Also a family favorite, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing – Just adding ½ cup of dried cranberries makes this recipe even better.
  • My sisters favorite, Sausage and Mushrooms Stuffing – My sister loves mushrooms. You can use a 8 oz size of mushrooms when cooking the celery and mushrooms.
  • Sausage – We used a mild sausage in this recipe. but you can use a hot sausage to kick up the spice in this recipe.
  • Nuts – Toasted pecans is always a good addition to this sausage stuffing mix.
  • Seasoning – You can also use a poultry seasoning for a deeper chicken flavor.
Cornbread Sausage Stuffing on a plate with a bite on a fork

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Place in the refrigerator to serve again with your Turkey and Ham. My family agrees that this stuffing recipe is even better the next day.

Allowing the cooked ingredients to marinate together overnight, it make an even flavorful lunch the next day.

See Can You Freeze Stuffing to learn how to freeze stuffing.

Cornbread Sausage Stuffing in a baking dish with a spoon

Perfect Side Dish:

The sausage cornbread stuffing is a great side dish. During the holidays, we usually have the traditional Turkey and Ham. But when I want a second helping, I tend to go back for more sausage stuffing.

This sausage stuffing has now become a holiday tradition to make. I can even make it the night before and put it in the oven before I am ready to serve it.

This sausage stuffing recipes combines ground sausage, bread, vegetables and seasoning to make this a must have at your holiday table. It is so flavorful and just a really great recipe. I love stuffing anyway but this new variation with sausage is amazing.

Some may make a dressing recipe and others choose to make a stuffing recipe. We always make our stuffing outside of the turkey. Impress your family this year, and make this easy Cornbread Sausage Stuffing.

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4.80 from 5 votes
Cornbread Sausage Stuffing is the ultimate holiday side dish. It is rich and savory and made with simple ingredients. A favorite Old-Fashioned Cornbread Recipe.
Prep Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 725

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Cornbread Mix
  • *Ingredients to make the CornBread based on the package instructions
  • 1 lb Ground Sausage
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 stalks of Celery diced
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary diced
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth

Instructions

  • Prepare the cornbread based on the package instructions.  Cut it into 1 inch pieces and allow it to sit out overnight for it to dry out.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat. Remove the sausage from the skillet to a large mixing bowl.
  • Then add in the butter, onion and celery. Cook over medium heat until the veggies are tender (approximately 5-6 minutes).
  • Stir in the minced garlic, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. Heat for 2-3 minutes until well combined. Then add to the bowl with the sausage.
  • Add the dried cornbread to the mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and chicken broth.  Pour this mixture over the cornbread and sausage mixture and gently toss until all the ingredients are coated with the egg mixture.
  • Then pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until the top of the stuffing is golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Make sure to make the cornbread the day before so that it can dry out before making the stuffing.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 725kcal, Carbohydrates 55g, Protein 20g, Fat 47g, Saturated Fat 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 19g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 179mg, Sodium 1591mg, Potassium 349mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 16g, Vitamin A 737IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 76mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. 4 stars
    Again I thank you for a great ? meal I added roasted red peppers
    Same cook time??
    Corn bread and sausage recipe
    Five stars