Cornbread Dressing with Bacon & Sage

Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing with Bacon & Sage

This dressing recipe has become a popular one on our table during the holidays. It is so easy to throw together and is made in a cast iron skillet. It is full of bacon, sage, and thyme for that perfect combination of Thanksgiving flavors.

4.70 from 10 votes
Cornbread Dressing with Bacon & Sage
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Cornbread Dressing with Bacon & Sage

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Rest time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 1 pound applewood-smoked bacon, diced
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy-free butter, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion , diced
  • 3 stalks celery , diced
  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 8 cups day-old gluten-free cornbread, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups turkey stock, plus more if needed
  • ½ cup chopped Italian parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread bacon across bottom of a large 12-inch cast iron skillet, place over medium-low heat, and slowly cook, stirring frequently, until it has crisped, and fat has rendered out, about 8-10 minutes. Leave bacon drippings in pan.
  • Increase heat to medium, add 3 tablespoons butter, onion, and celery, and cook until vegetables are soft, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Stir in crumbled cornbread and cook, gently stirring, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Fold in sage, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs until smooth. Whisk in stock and parsley. Fold into cornbread mixture in skillet until evenly combined. Top with remaining butter. Bake until the dressing is set and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Cornbread Dressing with Bacon & Sage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 997mg42%
Potassium 341mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 740IU15%
Vitamin C 7.7mg9%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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  1. Amy
    December 23, 2022

    Anyone have a good source for a gluten-free cornbread? My mom use to make with Jiffy Cornbread mix but I know that has wheat in it. Has anyone tried Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 3, 2023

      Yes, here are some cornbread recipes that are delicious.

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