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Cornbread Stuffing

November 18, 2019

Ditch the boxed stuffing with this delicious and healthy cornbread stuffing recipe made with homemade cornbread, veggies and spices! Only one pan required and ready in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for your Thanksgiving feast!

cornbread stuffing

Let’s be real, the best part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing! But you want to know what’s even better than traditional stuffing? Cornbread stuffing! When I originally shared this recipe all the way back in 2013, I was living in my parents basement in Toronto. C and I were bf and gf and still doing long distance. I was working my 9-to-5 job in psych research while moonlighting as a blogger. I shot the original pictures for this recipe early in the morning before heading to work because that what the only time I had. Clearly life has changed quite a bit since then.

This past weekend I had C’s family over for a pseudo-Thanksgiving dinner and as I was planning for the menu I jumped into the THM archives to see if I could find some inspiration. That’s when I came across this cornbread stuffing recipe which I knew immediately would be added to the menu. It is one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the blog but if I’m being honest, the pictures kind of looked like dog food lol. I knew it was time for a reshoot just in time to be added to your Thanksgiving menus.

When I was serving the recipe at dinner, C’s sister remembered making a cornbread stuffing recipe from the blog years ago. I was excited she remembered it and gleefully exclaimed that this was the same recipe! She also remembered the horrendous photos that I’m pretty sure were shot on an iPhone 4. This, of course, took me down memory lane as I thought about how much life had changed. Rather than living in my parent’s basement, I now live in San Francisco. That long-distance boyfriend is now my husband and I’ve been running THM as a business for almost 6 years. Also clearly my photography skills have improved! Who knew cornbread stuffing could be so sentimental?! Let’s make the recipe

How to Make Cornbread Stuffing

This cornbread stuffing recipe is extremely easy to make and doesn’t require any oven cooking (let’s keep that space free for turkey!) but I thought I would walk you through the process so you can see how simple it truly is.

STEP 1: Make the cornbread

I love this recipe with my pumpkin cornbread. If you want to keep this recipe gluten-free + vegan, I highly recommend!

pumpkin cornbread

STEP 2: Cook your veggies

For this recipe you’ll need onion, celery and mushrooms. I prefer to cook in a cast-iron pan as I find it helps cook everything evenly.

cornbread stuffing

STEP 3: Add the cornbread cubes to the veggies along with the nuts and spices.

Give it a good stir before adding your water. The water helps give the stuffing more of that “I was cooked inside a turkey for hours before eating” taste. I don’t know about you but I’m a little freaked out about eating something that was cooked inside a turkey cavity! And just like that, your cornbread stuffing is ready!

cornbread stuffing in cast iron

Can you make this cornbread stuffing ahead of time?

Absolutely! Though I do find it tastes best fresh, you can make it ahead of time. If you’re tight for time/space on Thanksgiving, I recommend pre-baking the cornbread and chopping it into cubes then pre-cooking the veggies. When you’re ready to serve just re-heat the veggies, add the stuffing and spices and then the cornbread and water. This will take under 5 minutes so if you can swing it I recommend doing it this way.

Can you make this with any cornbread recipe?

yup! Though I do recommend this pumpkin cornbread recipe (honestly- it’s delish!), you can make this recipe with any type of cornbread. In a pinch I’ve made it with the Trader Joe’s boxed cornbread and it’s actually pretty good. I have found that you may need to adjust the amount of water depending on the type of cornbread you use. Don’t sweat it…it’s just Thanksgiving!


Cornbread Stuffing

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 loaf of pumpkin cornbread, sliced and cut into cubes*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, sliced thinly
  • 3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bake the cornbread and let cool completely. Once cool cut into cubes.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and celery and sauté for 5 mins.
  4. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for an additional 5 mins
  5. Add nuts, cornbread and spices and cook for 1 min.
  6. Add water and let absorb. If it needs more water feel free to add 1 tbsp at a time.
  7. Serve warm or store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

*you can use any cornbread recipe you like

Like this recipe? Here are a few other Thanksgiving favorites you might enjoy:


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  • Reply
    November 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    This looks so delicious. Cornbread and pumpkin sound like a perfect pairing. I still need to make your cornbread recipe… I’ve had it printed sine you posted it!

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    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Favorite Thanksgiving dish: THIS ONE! Holy cow, I think I just died & went to Heaven. Seriously, this sounds fantastic. I’ve never been a huge fan of stuffing, but this I know will change my mind & world. So excited to try it out next week.

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    November 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow. Ok truthfully I don’t like stuffing. I know that makes me the worst Thanksgivinger everrrrr but it’s true. HOWEVER, this stuffing is much, much different than the one my fam makes. Now if only I could convince them to give this one a try….. (yeah right, but it looks pretty good!)

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    November 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Who needs the whole thanksgiving meal when you have a whole pan of stuffing to eat! Not I.

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    November 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This looks like it could be my new favorite Thanksgiving dish! Yummm! I’m sending this to my mom so we can have this at our family dinner this year. Pumpkin + pecans in stuffing is brilliant!

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    November 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love stuffing and yes, I usually make it from a box haha! This looks super tasty if I were ambitious enough to make stuffing from scratch, which hopefully someday I will be. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. The best!

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    November 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    My favorite dish is the dressing (we call it that and not stuffing, it’s a “southern” thaaang). And it’s OYSTER dressing! YUM, right?

    BTW: your stuffing recipe looks amazing and I want to eat it right now please.

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    Elise @ 9toFit.com
    November 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    yes pumpkin is back! Looks amazing, and this would be a great way to switch up the usual thanksgiving meal

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

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    Chelsea @ chelseashealthykitchen.com
    November 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Haha Thanksgivukkah, I love it. Sounds like you and Seth Cohen are in cahoots. 😉

    This stuffing looks amazing! I’m always a big fan of the stuffing too – my dad makes an amazing one with like a pound of butter in it haha. But my favourite dish is my aunt’s cheesy spaghetti squash casserole (don’t tell my dad that lol).

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    November 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I may try making this over the weekend! My son would love it….I can’t accept that Hanukkah is so early this year although I am always up for latkes!

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    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
    November 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    What’s with this meal scheduling at your household?! I know you don’t need an excuse but oh man, I wish you got the big shabang of the celebration. We will only be doing latkes (the real kind!) but I am still excited.

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    What!? How are you not invited? I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family and this year I’m making three veggie sides! My mom is always in charge of the stuffing. 🙂

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    November 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Stuffing is my favorite part of our thanksgiving meal. We usually make homemade cornbread to add to it, what a great idea to add pumpkin cornbread!

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    Kim Hungry Healthy Girl
    November 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I so love the looks of this recipe! I may actually make it for my in-laws house because I can’t stand my mother in-laws stuffing.

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    Kathy @ Vodka and Soda
    November 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    OMG this look so good. my fav thanksgiving dish is my aunt’s turkey!

    Vodka and Soda

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Stuffing and mashed potatoes are definitely my favorites on the Thanksgiving table! And if pumpkin is somehow incorporated into those dishes, even better. Looks amazing!

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    pumpkin + cornbread???? Ummm YES PLEASE. That’s a stuffing I can get onboard with. Stuffing may be considered a side, but turkeys would be naked without it! It’s the best.

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    November 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’m actually not a fan of stuffing, but I do like cornbread, so maybe I’ll like this one? And of course I love pumpkin! Love the originality of this though!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    November 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    So here’s how I am feeling about your recipes lately: looks super yummy (pumpkin cornbread). Add looks yummy to another looks super yummy (mushroom quinoa casserole) and you get super amazing yummy (which is this recipe). UM. Pumpkin cornbread stuffing!!? I love stuffing and I think I would eat this in one sitting, if my stomach wouldn’t explode first.

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    Leslee S
    November 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Pecans in stuffing makes so much sense, yet I’ve never tried that! Sounds great. Maybe you should crash your parents’ party? 😉

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This is genius!! I’m still in shock that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year….cray cray!!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    November 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Can we still be friends if I admit that I don’t think I’ve ever had stuffing? I hope so because I want an invite to your Thanksgiving dinner! This dish looks delicious! But if we’re talking dishes than I’m used to loving on the holidays, then it’s definitely my mom’s turkey. No one cooks it quite like she does.

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    Mary Frances McNellis
    November 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my gosh, now I know what I want for Thanksgiving. I’ll just have to make myself a pan of this and hide in this closet. Everything about this looks amazing! Pinned!

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    November 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I love stuffing (and cornbread). 🙂 Love the pumpkin spin on this!

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    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
    November 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    What a great idea to use pumpkin cornbread! (And maybe you should hold your own Thanksgiving!)

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    November 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I think I need to invite myself over for dinner one night soon! I can take or leave stuffing, but maybe I just need you to change my mind :-p

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    November 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    oh yesyesyes i’ve been WAITING FOR THIS!

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    Jo @ Living Mint Green
    November 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I’m going to move in with you & eat all your food. K? While listening to Sam Smith. Did you check out those songs yet, friend?!?!

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    Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite
    November 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Holy MOTHER OF GOD I am SOooooooo making this for my friendsgiving. SO. MAKING. THIS.

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    November 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    totally agree that stuffing is the best part of thanksgiving and OH MY GOODNESS this looks freaking delicious!!!

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    holly ; the hobbit kitchen
    November 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    this looks absolutely gorgeous, davida! lovely flavours 🙂 hope you have a wonderful thanksgivkkah!
    the hobbit kitchen x

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    Sara @ fitcupacker
    November 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I never like stuffing, its either too dry, or has no taste, but adding pumpkin, im sure thats tasty! I cant wait for thanksgiving!

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    November 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    im not into thanksgiving stuff but im really liking this stuffing.

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    November 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    You are a Thanksgiving wizard, I love all your recipes! I don’t celebrate Thanksgivukkah but we celebrate Puerto Rican Thanksgiving. Yes, you read that right. Puerto Rican Thanksgiving takes place the day after Thanksgiving and I go to my sister & her PR mom’s house and we feast on what might be the most epic meal of all time.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    November 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    You’re not invited to your mom’s Thanksgiving?! Aw, you can come to ours! haha. Although for the first time ever, we’re having Thanksgiving out, at the Cornell Club in ny. Next year when I have my new house, I’m totally hosting 🙂 I’m going to have to try this recipe, although a doctored-up boxed stuffing is definitely tops for stuffing in my book. Maybe you can convert me…it definitely seems promising based on those yummy pics!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    November 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Now this, THIS is a recipe I can get behind! Amy sent me a recipe to make for dessert for Thanksgiving, and now maybe I’ll make this for the main course! My fam won’t know what hit them. Wanna come down to Louisiana and celebrate with me? If you don’t mind a family of 30 loud black people, we would love to have you! 😉

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    Power, Love, and Self Discipline
    November 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Looks delicious and just in time for next week!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    November 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thanksgivukkah for the win! I’m so happy you introduced me to this holiday… it’ll be perfect for our celebration next Saturday 🙂 Now if I could only get you to bring some stuffing the the celebration…

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    November 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I love stuffing. I think it’s my favorite part of thanksgiving (and dessert, of course)! Never tried it with pumpkin before though. It sounds delicious!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Glad you agree! I’ve gotten some stuffing haters commenting! Don’t get it…

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    Sarah Pie
    November 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    YUM! I’m not a stuffing person (I know, the horror) but I may have to show this one off to my mom to see if they want to try something new this year 🙂

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    November 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    YUM!!! Totally making this for Thanksgiving! Stuffing and sweet potato casserole always steal the show…

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    November 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I knew they fall on the same day but the word “Thanksgivukkah” is the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. Is it weird that I wish I was Jewish? Because I kinda do…. 🙂 Also, stuffing is awesome and pumpkin cornbread sounds awesome so pumpkin cornbread stuffing = extra awesome!

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    November 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    erwhewirlhfheluif Need to make this.

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    November 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I’m not a huge stuffing fan but my husband likes it – I’m trying to find a recipe that doesn’t make a whole lot because I think we always end up pitching some.
    Maybe I will try this recipe – he likes pumpkin, too so….

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    November 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Yumm! This recipe looks amazing. I’m usually not a big stuffing person but I’ll have to give this a try for Thanksgiving this year. 🙂

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    November 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Would you believe that I’ve never tried stuffing? It looks awesome though, so I think I’m going to give it a try soon! Just because I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving it doesn’t mean I can’t eat good food 😉

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    Reba Cox
    November 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I have been looking for a stuffing recipe to make on Thursday. I was pondering using bagles since I’m in NYC but I love cornbread. Is making two stuffings allowed? Also what is poultry seasoning?

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    November 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

    YUM Davida! While it sucks you aren’t going to your mom’s thanksgiving, she will be wishing you did with a dish like this! I certainly wish I celebrated American Thanksgiving so I could make this…maybe I’ll make this the first year. Because the time span between Canadian Thanksgiving and Christmas is just toooo long!

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    November 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Drat. Deleted my comment. Hmph.

    So, in summary, I do not like stuffing one bit. I also do not like the gravy that is usually put on top of the stuffing. I do think I would love this because I love everything you post.

    Now, why aren’t you invited to your mom’s celebration? That doesn’t seem fair that you get to miss out on all of the wonderful turkey! (<<< my favorite part!!).

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    November 21, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Pumpkin? Cornbread? Stuffing? Can you please pause on making such amazing recipes – I wish I had time to make them all!

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    November 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Looks yummy! I’m typically not a fan of sweet cornbread but I do like savory especially with some jalapenos or cheese!

    atelier zozo

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    Megan (The Lyons Share)
    November 21, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Oh how I wish Tampa (where I’ll be for Thanksgiving) was closer to Toronto! My family (well, my husband’s family) would scoop you up in a second (and then promptly make you cook for them, ha!). <3

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    November 21, 2013 at 4:36 am

    OMG Hanukkah is so early this year!

    Can you make me a wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, soy, nut and fruit free STUFFING? If you can, then I can actually enjoy it!! I have never had stuffing before in my life 🙁

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    November 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Gasp, you are not invited for dinner? Sadly I am not sure that I am having a Thanksgiving dinner, and I am actually in the country celebrating it, and my dad holds all the Jewish genes in the family and I won’t be with him on Thanksgivingukkah, so my holiday may turn out to be one giant fail. I suppose there is always Christmas (I celebrate both!) to make pumpkin cornbread stuffing.

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    Kristen Kelley
    November 21, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I love the idea of using pumpkin bread for the stuffing!! I wish my husband and daughter would be adventurous enough to give it a taste but I know them well enough to know that they will push it around their plates and I will end up eating the entire pan LOL!!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    November 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I love the idea of using pumpkin cornbread in stuffing. I made a gluten-free dairy-free cornbread to make my stuffing, but no pumpkin – definitely going to give that a try next time!

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    November 22, 2013 at 4:32 am

    What a fantastic idea for stuffing! I ran out of time to make any stuffing for Canadian Thanksgiving. But this could very well end up on our table next week. Off I go to pin it!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Wait a minute, HOW are you not invited to Thanksgiving?! What the what?!

    Sorry, but I have to say my favorite food on the T. Day table it’s namesake, the turkey, but stuffing/dressing/whatever you wanna call it comes in for a CLOSE second…especially when it’s my grandmother’s “famous” recipe! 🙂 I hate the boxed stuff though…my mom tried to pull that shit last year…blech! You were right, I SO want to make this! Looks like I need to make another batch of cornbread!!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    November 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    As always, this looks amazing! I’m so sorry you won’t be celebrating the fusion holiday!!

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    November 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t eat stuffing. Shh, don’t tell. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever even tried it. Back in the day, I didn’t really like my foods to touch, so stuffing was a big no-no because it was one big bowl of touching food. Now, The texture of it freaks me out so I still steer clear. That being said, I kind of dig all the ingredients in here. I’d even go so far as to say, if you made this, I would definitely try it. 🙂 I might even surprise myself and like it.

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    April 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    OMG. I just saw this while looking to post a comment to the Pumpkin Cornbread (which I made on THursday). I LOVE cornbread stuffing and may need to make a turkey in may just to make the stuffing. But, at any rate, I’ve been enjoying the cornbread. Yesterday, I toasted it lightly then drizzled with honey. Today I did that and at the last minute before going to the table, I grinded some sea salt on it. WOW. Such a great combo of flavors (flavours) and interesting that then I saw the stuffing which is savory. So good!!!!!

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    GiGi Eats
    November 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    You can stuff me like a turkey with this, oh yes, yes you can!

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