Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Apples

A delicious Cornbread Dressing recipe made with homemade cornbread, onions, celery, herbs, and addition of spicy Italian sausage and apples.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread, cornbread dressing, cornbread stuffing, Italian sausage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 656 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • unsalted butter to rub the pan

Cornbread Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 2 medium green apples
  • 16 oz spicy Italian sausage (or mild, or sweet if preferred)
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh sage (1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chicken broth warmed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • Salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
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  1. Preheat oven to 400° and generously rub a 10-inch skillet with butter all over the bottom and up the sides.

  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk together.

  3. In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.

  4. Slowly pour in wet ingredients into dry ingredients while whisking and whisk until evenly incorporated.

  5. Spread cornbread batter evenly in the skillet and bake for 20-22 minutes. (Until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)

  6. Let cornbread cool for about 10 minutes in the skillet and then turn it over onto the cutting board.

Sausage Cornbread Dressing:

  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat and add butter. Once butter is melted, add diced onion and celery and saute for until it starts to soften.

  2. Add diced apples and cook for a few minutes, until apples and veggies are soft.

  3. Take everything out of the cooking pan and set aside.

  4. Add ground sausage to the pan and break in apart as much as you can. Let sausage cook until done, breaking clumps apart as it cooks.

  5. Once sausage is cooked, add veggies and apple mixture back into the pan and mix everything together.

  6. Set oven to 375° and rub a 9×13 baking dish with butter all over the bottom and up the sides.

  7. Crumble cooked cornbread in a large mixing bowl. Add sauteed sausage and vegetables, sage, thyme, and parsley.

  8. Whisk eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, stock, and melted butter in another bowl and pour it all over the cornbread mixture. Mix everything together well and spread it evenly in the prepared baking dish. 

  9. Bake cornbread dressing for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the middle is set.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 656 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 182mg61%
Sodium 1084mg47%
Potassium 556mg16%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 927IU19%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.