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Cornbread Dressing Loaf

Instead of making cornbread dressing in a casserole dish, bake the mixture in a loaf pan and cut into slices.  Top slices with turkey and cranberry dressing for a Thanksgiving sandwich.


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, divided
  • 3 cups white cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 large eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups soft breadcrumbs (we tested with 6 slices Pepperidge Farm white sandwich bread)
  • 2 medium onions, diced (2 cups)
  • 1 large bunch celery, diced (3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 (10 1/2-ounce) cans condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 1 tablespoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Place 1/2 cup butter in a 13" x 9" pan; heat in oven at 425° for 4 minutes.

  2. Combine cornmeal and next 5 ingredients; whisk in 3 eggs and buttermilk.

  3. Pour hot butter into batter, stirring until blended. Pour batter into pan.

  4. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Crumble cornbread into a large bowl; stir in breadcrumbs, and set aside.

  5. Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter in a skillet over medium heat; add onion and celery, and sauté until tender. Stir in sage; sauté 1 minute. Stir vegetables, remaining 4 eggs, chicken broth, and pepper into cornbread mixture. Fill a lightly greased 9" x 5" loafpan with 8 cups unbaked cornbread dressing. (Prepare Cornbread Dressing Croquettes with remaining dressing.) Press into pan firmly; invert dressing loaf onto a baking sheet, and remove pan.

  6. Bake at 375° for 1 1/2 hours (or until internal temperature reaches 160°). Cool overnight. Slice into 1/2" slices. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet. Top toasted cornbread slices with turkey and cranberry sauce and your favorite sandwich fixin's.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004