Southern Style Cornbread Dressing with Pumpkin Seeds

Cornbread Stuffing with Pumpkin Seeds JENRON DESIGNS

Southern Style Cornbread Dressing with Pumpkin Seeds

Today I am sharing a family favorite recipe, my southern style cornbread dressing that I have dressed up with pumpkin seeds this holiday season.


I mentioned, Southern Style Cornbread Dressing with Pumpkin Seeds, in my How to Host Friendsgiving post last month. I have received several requests for the actual recipe. So I decided, what a perfect post with Thanksgiving right around the corner. So, if you are in the market to try something new, or rather something old and new. This recipe is the perfect mix of both, since it is an updated version of my mother’s traditional southern dressing we had every year fused with a few trendy new twists for some seasonal flare.
Growing up in my house Thanksgiving mornings were spent watching the Macy’s parade and helping mom in the kitchen, learning all her secrets to that perfect meal. I remember thinking why does she pre-cook the onions and celery for the dressing, they will cook in the oven. Well duh, now I know it was to caramelize the onions for more flavor, but as kid I had no idea.
I still always have happy memories associated with Thanksgiving dinners and they make me think fondly of my mom and how hard she worked to make sure that everything was perfect. In the sense that food equaled love, and therefore she was baking her way right into our hearts. Now days, I can not eat like I used to but I still love to partake in a few of those memorable flavors that will always transport me back to my childhood kitchen, where I would watch my mama cook.

The Secret Weapon: just in case the day is super humid, which is every day in Georgia, I always keep a box of Stove Cornbread stuffing in the pantry to fill with, just in case. If your mixture is just too wet, stir it in to get the perfect fluffy dressing/stuffing combo that your guests might expect. 

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Southern Style Cornbread Dressing with Pumpkin Seeds

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 280kcal


  • 2 Boxes Jiffy Corn Bread Prepared according to box
  • 5 Ribs Celery Diced
  • 1 Onion (Vidalia onion) Minced
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock
  • 5 Eggs Beaten
  • 1 tsp Sage Fresh Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 box Stove Top Cornbread Stuffing optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine crumbled cornbread, and cracker set aside to side.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and cook until translucent, approx. 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Pour the vegetable mixture over cornbread mixture. Add the stock, mix well, taste, and add salt, pepper to taste, sage, and poultry seasoning.
  •  Add beaten eggs and mix well. 
  • Pour mixture into a greased pan top with crushed crackers and pumpkin seeds and bake 45 to 60 minutes.
    ***This can be pre made, for busy Thanksgiving Day dinners, and stored in refrigerator until ready to bake. 

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I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. If you loved this post, check out some of our other great Thanksgiving Recipes:

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  1. I love the idea of adding pumpkin seeds to a stuffing!! I’m sure this recipe will be a Thanksgiving crowd pleaser, thanks for sharing!

  2. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    We are a house divided too! My husband likes stuffing, particularly oyster stuffing…. and I a southern belle grew up on cornbread dressing probably much like you. I will have to try this recipe and see if it can be a good compromise for us.

  3. Southern Sassyfrass

    Well this certainly sounds tasty I love the idea of topping it with pumpkin seeds those are super healthy for you, better than just Ritz crackers and butter, lol.

  4. Lauren

    That looks amazing! I will use your recipe for thanksgiving.

  5. Tren

    This is perfect for the upcoming holidays.

  6. 5 stars
    I would not have thought to put pumpkin seeds in stuffing, but this combo sounds delicious and is such a great way to use up those fall pumpkins!

  7. sunshine and daisies

    Yum the pumpkins seeds are a nice twist on a old favorite I must try it this year.

  8. This dish looks great I love the structure of this post and how you drew on your memories of your mom. You reinforced the idea of the emotional connect we all have with food.

  9. 5 stars
    I have never considered using pumpkin seeds in stuffing… This sounds amazing. I have to try it!

  10. Kimmy Leonard

    You always have the best holiday stuff, so glad I had the time to stop by your site today.

  11. I LOVE cornbread stuffing, and I think the pumpkin seeds are the perfect addition. I wish I was assigned stuffing this year for family Thanksgiving. I might have to bring it anyway!

  12. You know I like a good southern dressing, but I like the idea of a fusion recipe especially for the northern folks, like your husband, that come to dinner, lol.

  13. This sounds so good! Honeslty everthing you make looks and sounds amazing! I kinnda just want to come to your house for Thanksgiving!

  14. gigi58

    Outstanding story recipe and love that it comes from your mom and her family those are always the best recipes to share.

  15. The Delightful Farmhouse

    Love the additional touch of toasted pumpkin seeds for that added crunch factor.

  16. The pumpkins seeds are such a great idea for this recipe to add that crunch and unique flair.

  17. Great recipe and perfect timing for the holidays I always like to add new dishes to my line up.

  18. Karen Welch

    Great beat Jen love your blog so much you are really doing a great job!

  19. Diana Narcisse

    I may try this for Christmas Day we roast a turkey then too.

  20. Southern style stuffing is always a good choice love the pumpkins seeds for a crunch.

  21. What a tasty twist on a southern staple.

  22. Shawn @ Healthy Wealthy Skinny

    I love southern style style cornbread stuffing, that pumpkins seeds sound like treat.

  23. Perfect recipe for the holidays, we do stuffing at Christmas dinner too.

  24. Sara Smith @Weebly

    Yum great recipe idea for the holidays.

  25. The DIY girl

    Tasty sounding recipe I am not really a cook but I could give it try for the holidays.

  26. Patricia-Ann Que

    I love pumpkin seeds I bet they make this recipe great.

  27. Sarah Dean

    I love a good stuffing recipe the add of pumpkin seeds is a unique twist, I like the idea very much so I will give it a try.

  28. Valerie Karen

    This looks amazing I just look a good stuffing recipe and this is the time of year I make it the most.

  29. Amber C

    I would have never thought to add pumpkin seeds to the top of stuffing for crunch! Genius!

  30. Elaine

    Stuffing or dressing as we call it is a staple around our house at the holidays, I like that you added the pumpkins seeds for a fun twist and some added crunch I bet it taste great too.

  31. The Southern Thing

    You know we love all things southern! The pumpkin seeds are a fun addition.

  32. Suja aka Sindhuja Kumar

    I use a lot of pumpkin seeds in my recipes they are so good for you, I should try this recipe.

  33. Land of Nod

    Great idea for a southern style New Year Day dinner too.

  34. Seun

    This reminds me of my grandma’s soul cooking just add collards and beans.

  35. Skye

    The only way to make stuffing or dressing as we call it here.

  36. SEOrority Girls

    Love this recipe you it is always a staple my southern sister!

  37. Our Little Fox Hole

    This is always a Sunday staple around here and we not think of a Thanksgiving going by with out it.

  38. Sharon

    Ummm one our favorites too right up there with chicken and dumplings and bread pudding.

  39. Amanda

    This is such a great blog. I love all the recipes they are a great read. I’ll certainly be back.

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