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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 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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    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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    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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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Me too! Except the smell that comes with them for the next 2 weeks 😉

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    Chelsea @
    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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    Elise @
    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 @

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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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    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 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 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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    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 11:38 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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    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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