If you're looking for a fun and stylish way to serve classic Southern corn bread dressing this Thanksgiving look no further. This Bundt Pan Herbed Corn Bread Dressing is a spectacular visual update on classic dressing. Serve it on a decorative cake stand drizzled with warm turkey gravy then stand back and enjoy the "oohs" and aaahs."
Bundt Pan Herbed Corn Bread Dressing
Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays of the year. It’s the one day we take a moment to reflect on our many blessings and share a meal together with the special people in our lives. Whether you're a seasoned hostess or a first-time cook it's imperative you take time to make a game plan in advance and enlist help from others. A few simple steps along with thoughtful organization and planning will ensure your Thanksgiving buffet success. I wanted to give you some tips to help pull your gathering together along with this recipe for corn bread dressing made beautiful in a cake pan.
Shortcuts for planning the best Thanksgiving celebration:
- 2-4 weeks in advance plan the venue, start time and menu then notify attendees. This will make it easier to consider travel arrangements and make adjustments as needed.
- Pick a menu that features a variety of dishes that can be served cold, at room temperature or hot. Plan to prepare as many dishes as possible, in advance.
- When guests offer to bring something…let them. It makes the event more fun when everyone pitches in and works together. Be specific to avoid duplicates of the same dish and ensure there’s a variety.
Thanksgiving Buffet Planning Tips
- Welcome guests to the event with refreshments. Have drinks and appetizers set-up near the entrance.
- Have multiples of napkins, flatware and plates with the appropriate size of each set-up at each station.
- Use cake stands and footed bowls to arrange food at different heights for visual appeal. Leave room for guests to set down their plates, when needed.
- Utilize crock pots and chaffing dishes to keep food warm.
- Consider the traffic flow of the buffet table working from left to right on the main table. Begin with plates and bowls if needed, and flatware bundles wrapped in festive napkins. Arrange by course starting with soups, salads, side dishes, then turkey, gravy and ham. Carve meats in advance to expedite service.
- Arrange desserts on a separate table to utilize the entire space and for easy movement.
- Have baskets of warm bread and whipped butter along with salt and pepper shakers placed at the tables.
- Set the mood by playing soft music in the background featuring a mix of holiday, popular and classic music. Mix it up and have fun with the playlist selections.
- Checkout my Parade article for more time-saving recipes featuring 21 Spectacular Make Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes.
The most important thing you can do at any holiday gathering, is to enjoy the company. Be mindful of the many blessings in your life and for your loved ones that make life so special.
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Bundt Pan Herbed Corn Bread Dressing
- ½ cup butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 rib celery finely chopped
- 8 cups cubed cornbread
- 4 cups cubed white bread left out overnight to dry
- 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 10 ¾ oz can condensed cream of celery soup
- 4 large eggs beaten
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 2 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Pour into a large bowl and add cornbread and white bread, chicken broth, condensed soup, eggs, parsley, sage, poultry seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Stir well. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest in pan 15 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter. Slice and serve with gravy.
I make a breakfast recipe in my bundt pan and one side always sticks. It doesn't look to pretty but it tastes good. What's the trick to getting it to all come out beautiful? I spray the heck out of the pan.
As odd as this may sound, it could be your pan. I have several bundt pans and each one browns differently and I've learned which one to use for what purpose. Otherwise, liberally spraying with cooking spray which it sounds as if you already do.
My family is not a fan of "cornbread"...will this work with just white/rye herb dressing mix...,like pepperidge farm?
Hi Marilyn, I think it would. The important thing when making dressing/stuffing this way is, the mixture has to be stiff enough to hold together but, still be moist. I think regular bread will soak in the broth a little differently but, the Pepperidge Farm product is very dry so, I think it would do good.
Will this dressing turn out okay in a cast iron skillet instead of the bundt pan?
This sounds so delicious and looks gorgeous. I'm going to try it. One question: is the cornbread freshly made or is it dried out a bit too?
Thank you so much, it's super easy, too. I didn't go to great lengths to dry it out for this recipe. You can leave it out on the counter for a few hours or overnight, if you wish to dry it out. No need to toast it in the oven that will suffice.
I made this today! It came out perfectly --smelled great baking. The only thing I did differently was I added more parsley because I thought the little green specks were neat.
I took a photo of it but I don't know how to post it here...but anyway it was gorgeous. It's in my freezer --I always make my stuffing ahead and freeze it. I have to wait unti T-day to tast it.
I'm delighted you loved this Diane, it's so simple to make and tasty, too. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know!
Just stumbled on your site and LOVE it. My husband is southern he has requested this dressing and I gotta say, he's already drooling while reading it. It's on the list to be made for Turkey Day! Thank you!! 🙂
Welcome Noel, I hope he likes this one, it's super simple.
I usually add combination of ground beef/ground pork to my cornbread dressing - will that work with this recipe?
Either will work in this recipe. I actually love sausage in dressing but, some in my family do not. Just keep in mind this is designed to be sliced.
I've made this with crumbled Italian sausage...yum!!
Sausage is a great addition, glad you enjoyed it!
Your recipes sound wonderful. I would like to try more.
Thanks so much for visiting!
Melissa, can a tube pan be used for the bundt ? Do you mind giving your gravy recipe? This looks so good. Thanks
Oh sure, you can bake this in a tube pan no problem. My gravy is super simple, butter and all purpose flour for the base to make a roux then whisk in turkey drippings plus additional chicken stock and season to taste. If you want it to be more creamy a splash of half and half or cream.
I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving. My boyfriend and I are not big on stuffing or dressing, but we really enjoyed this .I will be using this recipe from now on. Thanks Melissa.
Oh wonderful, I'm delighted you enjoyed this one. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know.
Hi Melissa, Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with joy. Made this wonderful dressing for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! As per my question 11-13-16---I used biscuits and rubbed sage. This dressing came out moist and beautiful! We had a good laugh when my son ( 37 yrs) thought the dressing was a cake! The bundt pan was perfect. We will have this several times a year.
Thank you for this delicious recipe.
Wonderful Linda, I love that you fooled your son! lol So happy you enjoyed this one.
Can you make it a day before? Just trying to avoid making it on thanksgiving day. Thank you!
I think we're all pressed for oven time on Thanksgiving. This will reheat, if you absolutely have to do so but, it's best made the day you plan on serving it for the very best results.
I need to prep it tonight & leave it in the bundt pan to bake tomorrow evening. Should I add cooking time if it’s going from fridge to oven?
Absolutely, unless you have time to bring it to room temperature prior to baking.
I made my bundt stuffing and it is in fridge to be baked the next morn
About how long should i take out of fridge before baking?
And then will i still bake at 350 for 1hr?
I would take it out at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Yes, the bake time may need adjusting depending on how cool the dressing is when it goes into the oven. If you add time do it in 5-10 minute increments.
I think this is the greatest idea and can't wait to try it! One question, is there anything I can do to keep the bottom from turning dark brown? I want to flip it and it look exactly like yours! Any suggestions or maybe this is a silly question and this wont be a problem at all.
The very nature of baking in a bundt pan keeps it moist and it doesn't heavily brown on the sides. The top portion will get golden and have a bit of a crunch as it's exposed to the oven heat directly. If you don't want it to brown too much you can lay a piece of aluminum foil on top.
Love this fun idea! And my kids and visiting family went crazy for the flavors. Just posted it as a Healthy Kitchen Hack here: http://teaspoonofspice.com/2016/11/healthy-kitchen-hacks-53/
Nice adaptation Serena, thanks for sharing!
Have you tried freezing it for a few days before reheating? Feeding over 20 with only one oven!
That's a big crowd! I haven't tried it with this bundt pan dressing but, dressing in general does freeze well and I have frozen leftover traditionally cut squares of dressing. I'm guessing it would but, I can't say from personal experience.
I just found this recipe..... did you make it and freeze it? How did it turn out if you did. ????????
I haven't frozen this particular recipe but, dressing does freeze well. Just reheat in the oven gently before serving after thawing in the refrigerator overnight.
Hi Melissa when you say cubed cornbread do you use the dry cornbread stuffing cubes that come in a package such as pepperidge farm or do you have to make homemade cornbread first?
Hi Jill, I actually mean cornbread that is cubed. The dry cornbread stuffing mix if measured the same way, would be far too much. Make a pan of your favorite cornbread and cube it.
This looks great, so a batch of cornbread and maybe French bread , is 4 cups about what size loaf ?
A full size loaf. One that's anywhere from 12-16 oz.
This looks great. I have 2 questions: (1) Could you substitute biscuits for bread? (2) Could you substitute rubbed Sage for parsley? Thank you
My Mom and Grandma's used crumbled day old biscuits in dressing all the time, so yes! You could also use rubbed sage but it is very potent in flavor so add in small amounts, taste and adjust.
Hope this helps. Looked on my measuring cup and 8 oz = 1 cup = 200 ml. Don't know how many grams this is, but you should be able to calculate how many grans are in a milliliter.
Except I think grams refers to weight not volume.. Most everywhere uses metric now, and many places use weight to measure flour sugar etc
Metric is worldwide except for the USA. Jimmy Carter tried to make us go metric and it lasted about 6 mons.
I LOVE this idea! I just purchased my first Bundt pan from an estate sale and have been itching to use it. With the holidays coming, this is the perfect way to utilize it, definitely pinning for later! Thank you for an original and brilliant recipe!
Wonderful and you're a bargain hunter, too! It's such a fun way to serve dressing and makes a stunning centerpiece. I hope your family enjoys it.
I think your well organised suggestions for entertaining a large group in the Southern style are charming but they are also universal and I will use some of them with an Aussie twist on the food as Christmas is coming, I'll enjoy serving the cormbread, never had it and no-one I know has either.
How much is 8 cups of bread in grams, I can't find a conversion on the net.
The gravy looks so light -do you have a recipe (or as a substitute, chicken) for this?
Never seen ?"turkey" gravy here, I usually use the packet chicken gravy but this is heavier.
Hi Marie, thank you I'm delighted you've found some helpful tips. Chicken gravy will work perfectly for this recipe. I'm not sure I have an answer in grams for the cornbread though, sorry. Here's a conversion site maybe it will help. Remember, measuring in weight as opposed to volume.
Cups to grams is changing volume to weight and tricky. A "dense" cup (flour) vs "light" cup (cubed bread) makes it even more chancy. Here is a conversation site, but you may have to give in and weigh a cup of the ingredient and multiply. Good luck!
Have you never made turkey gravy? It is so easy. After you remove the turkey from the pan put pan on burner and scrape up all the meat from bottom of pan. Pour off the grease. Add water or chicken broth to the pan and stir until it comes to a boil. Take a siev and pour the liquid through the siev to get rid of the bits and pieces in the roast pan. Return to pan and at this point you can add a packet or 2 of gravy maker depending on how much gravy you need to make or a liquid gravy coloring. Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of flour or corn starch mixed with water to the broth in the pan. Let it boil and stir until it thickens. Add salt and pepper as needed. Serve in gravy boats after keeping it hot on the stove until ready to eat. If you are serving to a large crowd you will have to adapt this accordingly
There are 8 oZ in a US cup. I believe you can find an Oz to gram conversion chart here http://www.m etric-conversions.org/weight/ounces-to-grams.htm