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A very tasty southern-style cornbread dressing recipe with onions, celery, hard-boiled eggs, Ritz crackers, chicken broth, butter, and seasonings.

(Last Updated On: September 8, 2022)

This Southern cornbread dressing recipe is so easy to make, and it tastes delicious as a side dish with Thanksgiving dinner or any dinner for that matter.

Bake up some cornbread, crumble it up, and add all kinds of yummy ingredients like celery, onion, ritz crackers, hardboiled eggs, butter, chicken broth, and seasonings, and then bake it in the oven for 1 hour.

Southern cornbread dressing on a plate.

Key Ingredients

  • Jiffy® cornbread mix – 8.5 ounce package
  • 26 Ritz crackers
  • 4 hardboiled eggs
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter
  • 2 raw eggs
  • 1 and a half cans of chicken broth (14.5 ounces each)
Ingredients for cornbread dressing.
Ingredients for cornbread dressing.

Step-By-Step Instructions With Photos

Baking The Cornbread

To begin with, let’s bake some cornbread in the oven. Our recipe uses one Jiffy® cornbread mix, however, you can use any brand of cornbread mix you like or even make your own from scratch, so whatever you choose to do, prepare and bake the cornbread mix as directed on the package. After that, set the cornbread aside for now.

Baked cornbread in a pan.
Baked cornbread in a pan.

Preparing The Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Ritz® Crackers

Crumble about 26 Ritz® crackers in the package they are in or you can use a baggie, then set them aside.

Ritz crackers crushed up.
Crush up twenty-six Ritz crackers.

Hard-boiled Eggs

Boil or bake 4 hard boil eggs, then slice the hard-boiled eggs into pieces and set them aside for now.

Hard-boiled eggs sliced on a plate.
Slice four hard-boiled eggs.

Chopped Onions

Then, chop up 1 whole medium-size onion in small pieces and set them aside.

Chopped onion on a plate.
One whole medium-sized onion is chopped into small pieces.

Diced Celery

Wash 3 medium-size sticks of celery and dice them up into small pieces, then set them aside.

Chopped celery on a plate.
Chop about three medium-size sticks of celery.

Layering The Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

Cornbread

In the next following steps, we will be layering the cornbread dressing ingredients. Note: Layering speeds up the mixing process, so you can layer the ingredients as we do, or mix all of the ingredients at the same time. However, whichever way you choose will work just fine.

Crumble up the cornbread and spread it in a baking dish. We used a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish

Crumbled cornbread in a baking dish.
Crumble up the cornbread in a 9 inch by 13-inch baking dish.

Ritz® Crackers

Then, spread the crushed Ritz® crackers evenly over the cornbread.

Crumbled Ritz crackers over the top of the crumbled cornbread in a baking dish.
Add the crumbled Ritz® crackers over the top of the cornbread.

Hard-boiled Eggs

After that, toss in the 4 sliced hard-boiled eggs over the top of the cornbread and Ritz crackers.

Sliced hard-boiled eggs over the top of the crumbled Ritz crackers and crumbled cornbread in a baking dish.
Add the four sliced hard-boiled eggs over the top of the cornbread and Ritz crackers.

Chopped Onions

Then, put the chopped onions over the top of the hard-boiled eggs.

Sliced onions over the top of the sliced hard-boiled eggs, crumbled Ritz crackers, and crumbled cornbread in a baking dish.
Add the chopped onions to the cornbread mixture.

Diced Celery

The last layering, for now, is to add the diced celery over the top of the onions.

Chopped celery added over the top of the onions, hard-boiled eggs, crumbled Ritz crackers, and crumbled cornbread in a baking dish.
Put the chopped celery over the top of the onions.

Mixing The Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

Even though the layering mixed the ingredients, it still needs to be mixed a bit more thoroughly. So mix everything all together in the baking dish with your clean hands or you can use food handling gloves for cooking. You can also use a large spoon if you prefer, but it is much easier to use your hands.

Mix all of the celery, onions, hard-boiled eggs, crumbled Ritz crackers, and crumbled cornbread in the baking dish.
Mix all of the cornbread dressing ingredients thoroughly.

Preparing The Butter

Melt 1 stick of butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then set it aside for now. One stick of butter equals 1/2 cup.

One stick of butter melted in the microwave.
One-half cup of butter melted in a bowl.

Seasonings For Cornbread Dressing

Lightly sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the cornbread bread mixture. Then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning over the top. And then pour the melted butter over the top of the cornbread mixture.

Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the cornbread mixture in the baking dish.
Seasonings and melted butter are added to the cornbread mixture.

Adding The Eggs And Chicken Broth

Use your hands or a spoon to mix the 2 raw eggs and 1 and a half cans of chicken broth into the cornbread mixture.

Add two eggs to the cornbread mixture.
Eggs and chicken broth have been added to the cornbread mixture.

Ready For The Oven

Lightly press the cornbread dressing down into the baking dish. It is now ready to go into the oven.

Mix all of the cornbread mixture in the baking dish.
Cornbread dressing ingredients are mixed well.

Bake the cornbread dressing in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Cornbread dressing baked in the oven.
Cornbread dressing baked in the oven for one hour.

By the time the cornbread dressing has been baked for 1 hour in the oven, it comes out crispy, looks and tastes delicious, and it’s extra tasty topped with gravy.

Cornbread dressing baked in the oven.
Cornbread dressing baked in the oven for one hour.

Serve your Thanksgiving guests with a heaping spoonful of this yummy southern-style cornbread dressing, which can also be enjoyed any time of the year, not just on Thanksgiving day or Christmas day.

Cornbread dressing on a plate.
Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Flo
A very tasty southern-style cornbread dressing recipe with onions, celery, hard-boiled eggs, Ritz crackers, chicken broth, butter, and seasonings.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $5
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings 12

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package cornbread mix (8.5 ounce)
  • 1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 ½ cans chicken broth (14.5 ounces each)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 raw eggs
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 sticks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 26 Ritz crackers (crumbled)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare 1 package of cornbread mix as directed on the package. Set it aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for the cornbread dressing.
  • Dice the celery into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Chop up the onion in small pieces. Set aside.
  • Crush about 26 Ritz crackers. Set aside.
  • Make 4 hard boil eggs. When the hard-boiled eggs are done, dice them into pieces. Set aside.
  • Crumble the cornbread into a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • Put the crushed Ritz crackers, hard-boiled eggs, onions, and celery over the top of the cornbread. Mix everything together.
  • Lightly sprinkle salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning over the top of the cornbread bread mixture.
  • Melt the butter. Pour the melted butter over the top of the cornbread mixture.
  • Add the raw eggs and cans of chicken broth into the cornbread mixture. Mix together.
  • Put the baking dish with the cornbread dressing in the preheated 350-degree oven and bake for 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any brand of cornbread mix you like or make your own cornbread from scratch. This recipe uses Jiffy® brand cornbread mix.
  • Cornbread dressing can be a side dish to many meals and can be served all throughout the year.
Keyword casserole, chicken broth, cornbread, cornbread dressing, dressing, hard boiled eggs, Thanksgiving
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