Becky Luigart-Stayner
10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This dressing combines all the best fall flavors, sweet and savory, in one flavor-packed side dish. Try it with your turkey and gravy this Thanksgiving!

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

To prepare corn bread, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk, canola oil, and 1 egg in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 16 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 3

Reduce oven temperature to 375°.

Step 4

To prepare stuffing, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add onion and bay leaf; cook 8 minutes or until onion starts to brown, stirring occasionally. Add apple, celery, and fennel; cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper); cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf. Cool to room temperature.

Step 5

Crumble corn bread into a large bowl. Add sausage mixture to bowl; toss to combine. Add broth and 2 eggs; toss to combine. Spoon into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until top is crisp and golden brown.

Ratings & Reviews


November 21, 2015
Fabulous dressing

angieandphil's Review

November 14, 2013
Made this and really enjoyed it. It does get done a lot quicker than the time specified. I did make with a Jiffy cornbread mix due to time constraints, but plan on making it following the recipe for Thanksgiving this year.

jmeleeS's Review

October 22, 2012
A solid recipe - not a "wow" though so it's probably not a keeper for us. Overall, this dish came out really well (the cornbread was dry when you first bake it, but don't panic because it needs to be to support the stock & egg mix during the bake & not be soggy). My bake time was significantly less than the 50 minutes (I think I still had 17 minutes on the timer when I could see / smell it was nice & browned). I did omit the fennel as I don't care for that flavor, but threw in leaks instead. Otherwise I made as directed and it was tasty, but again, it had not "cravability" for our tastes so I personally won't be making this again. However, it's a decent / solid stuffing and if you are looking for a traditional cornbread dressing, this is a good place to start in your recipe hunt.

Susie1's Review

November 24, 2009
Made this day prior and should have added alot more stock to make it moist. Was dry and the cornbread was bland. Maybe Jiffy cornbread would have had more flavor. Needed something. Would recommend using the Herbed bread stuffing with mushroom and sausage instead.

karelaorange's Review

December 20, 2008
My friend made this recipe and I begged for the recipe. Absolutely AMAZING. Don't trust the reviewer who went without the fennel, it's a crucial ingredient. Best stuffing I've ever had.

jujabbo's Review

November 28, 2008
This went over well with my guests, although no one raved about it. I made it the night before Thanksgiving. I added more apples than it called for (I actually used 3), and more celery. I omitted the fennel. I would make it again, although I might experiment with another recipe next year.

Heather90's Review

November 16, 2008
I made half of this recipe with no problems, and ommited the fennel. Also added some canned corn and crasins right before mixing it all in. Everyone loved it and asked for seconds.