Corn Bread Stuffing Recipe Perfect for a Healthier Feast
November 5, 2021
Corn bread stuffing on white plate for Thanksgiving

Corn Bread Stuffing Recipe Perfect for a Healthier Feast

A good corn bread stuffing recipe is hard to beat! Now what about a recipe that can be gluten-free, dairy-free, AND vegan!? Well I think this is one easy corn bread stuffing recipe you are gonna need to try!

Corn Bread Stuffing Recipe by Salt Lake party stylist
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What is Corn Bread Stuffing?

You've heard of turkey stuffing, or dressing, as it is sometimes called. But what is corn bread stuffing all about? Simply, the bread cubes used to make the stuffing contain corn meal, or the bread cubes are made completely from corn bread.

Why Corn Bread Stuffing?

Corn bread stuffing is a popular side dish in the South but is gaining popularity across the whole nation. Corn bread can easily be made gluten-free which is an attractive trait for this bread heavy dish. And honestly I was really worried about missing out on Thanksgiving stuffing when I started to cut back on the gluten in my diet.

Thankfully there are lots of bread cube options on the market these days so take your pick and let's get cookin'!

How to Make Corn Bread Stuffing

Fresh ingredients for corn bread stuffing

The ingredients for this corn bread turkey stuffing are pretty simple, especially if you purchase dried bread cubes instead of making them at home. You can add sausage to your stuffing but with all the turkey I don't need it and prefer to keep my corn bread stuffing with cranberries instead.

Healthy Ingredients

  • Corn bread cubes – these can come in a variety. Some are regular bread cubes mixed with corn bread. Others have a little corn meal mixed into the bread recipe. So if you're looking for a gluten free option, make sure it's a true corn bread or look for the Trader Joe's Corn Bread Stuffing GF box.
  • Onions
  • Celery {sub water chestnuts}
  • Mushrooms
  • Coconut oil for dairy free or Butter – most boxed recipes call for an entire STICK of butter, but I found it's just as delicious, and much less greasy, when using a fraction of that amount.
  • Chicken {or mushroom} Stock
  • Craisins
  • Chopped pecans
  • Seasoning salt to taste – omit if using salted butter
  • Optional Egg

Prep Your Stuffing Veggies

Diced vegetables on plate ready for recipe

Your veggies are all optional but it's best to have at least the onion and celery for crunch and flavor. You'll want to dice these up so they're ready for the pan.

My kids don't love the mushrooms so I keep them a little bigger and make them easier to pick out. Omitting them is not an option! I LOVE mushrooms. But water chestnuts are great crunchy substitute if you're not a celery fan.

Simple Cornbread Stuffing Steps

Steps for making corn bread stuffing recipe

Step 1: After your veggies are diced you'll want to sauté them in your coconut oil {or butter} until the onions are translucent.

Step 2: Next you'll add the bread cubes and chicken stock and stir lightly until everything is moistened. Careful not to over stir or the bread will start to fall apart!

Step 3: Fold in your mix-ins like craisins and chopped pecans.

OPTIONAL: If you like a dense stuffing rather than fluffy dressing, whip an egg and add it to the mixture for added structure. You'll end up with stuffing you can slice with a knife instead of serving with a spoon.

Bake Your Corn Bread Stuffing

Corn Bread stuffing in baking dish with cranberry sauce

Place your corn bread stuffing mixture into a greased pan. This recipe is for my family of 5 so an 8×8 pan works perfectly. If you need a larger serving size go ahead and double the recipe for a full 9×13 casserole dish. Bake covered in foil for 40 minutes.

After it's fully baked you can remove the foil and crisp the top or serve it right from the oven. I prefer my corn bread turkey stuffing to be fluffy and soft so I omit the extra oven time.

Serve Your Corn Bread Stuffing Recipe

Corn bread stuffing on white plate for Thanksgiving

Serve your corn bread stuffing while it's nice and hot. You may top with a few extra craisins and chopped pecans if desired. Eat with large portions of turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce!

Ready for Thanksgiving

Corn bread stuffing on white plate for Thanksgiving dinner

Now that you've got your new corn bread stuffing recipe, you're all ready for Thanksgiving! Make sure to whip up an extra batch for leftovers. Stuffing makes a wonderful addition to a turkey cranberry sandwich, as well as being a perfect companion to the leftover turkey soup with noodles.

Corn bread stuffing on thanksgiving table

I love the season of Thanksgiving where we reflect on our blessings and enjoy time with family. And I'm grateful for easy, healthy, and delicious recipes like these help make the celebration that much better.

If you try this corn bread stuffing recipe, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 

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Healthy recipe for corn bread stuffing

Corn Bread Stuffing Recipe

A rich and savory stuffing recipe that is easily gluten-free and dairy free
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy free, gluten free, Healthier version, Thanksgiving
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 210kcal

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Skillet
  • Baking dish 8×8

Ingredients

  • 6 oz GF Corn bread stuffing 1/2 box
  • 1/2 cup Onions diced
  • 1/2 cup Celery diced
  • 1 cup Mushrooms diced
  • 1 Tb Coconut oil Sub butter
  • 1 cup Chicken stock Sub mushroom for vegan
  • 1/3 cup Chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup Craisins
  • Seasoning salt to taste
  • 1 Egg optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Dice your vegetables then sauté them in your coconut oil {or butter} until the onions are translucent.
  • Add bread cubes and chicken stock. Stir lightly until everything is moistened. Careful not to over stir or the bread will start to fall apart!
  • Fold in your craisins and chopped pecans.
  • OPTIONAL: If you like a dense stuffing rather than fluffy dressing, whip an egg and add it to the mixture for added structure. You'll end up with stuffing you can slice with a knife instead of serving with a spoon.
  • Place your corn bread stuffing mixture into a greased 8×8 pan.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 400° or 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes for a crunchy top, or serve immediately for soft fluffy stuffing.
  • Serve your corn bread stuffing while it's nice and hot. You may top with a few extra craisins and chopped pecans if desired.
  • Eat with large portions of turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce!

Notes

If you need a larger serving size, double the recipe for a full 9×13 casserole dish.
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