Lightened Up Cornbread Stuffing #SundaySupper

This week the Sunday Supper group is tackling those calorie-laden, heavy Holiday meals with lightened up recipe versions.
Cornbread Stuffing
Cornbread stuffing (550x550)
Cornbread Stuffing is one of my favorites. The problem is that I love it with a ton of butter and a bit on the sweet side.
Lightened Up Cornbread Stuffing bowls
There were two ways that I could think of to cut back on the fat and calories. First, I needed to adjust the cornbread. Next the stuffing needed to be moist without all that extra butter.
Lightened Up Cornbread Stuffing
I exchanged the whole milk for 2 percent, cut the sugar in half and cut back a bit on the oil in the cornbread.
cornbread stuffing ingredients
For the stuffing, I used chicken broth in place of milk and added the oil back into the mix. This stuffing turned out moist enough that I didn’t miss the extra butter.
lightened cornbread stuffing

Lightened Up Cornbread Stuffing
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  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cornbread
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ to ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Mix together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt. In a separate bowl, mix milk, egg and oil. Mix dry and wet ingredients. Pour batter into a greased 8x8-inch pan. Bake at 425 until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  1. Crumble cornbread into a large bowl. Saute celery and onions in butter until softened. Add vegetables, oil and pecans.
  2. Add enough broth to moisten to desired consistency Bake at 350 until thoroughly heated.

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61 Responses to Lightened Up Cornbread Stuffing #SundaySupper

  1. A bowl of that delicious stuffing is all I need, for lunch today.
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  2. Your cornbread stuffing looks lovely, I bet it would taste great just being spooned 😛 One of my faults when I make a stuffing!

    Choc Chip Uru
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  3. Liz says:

    Oh, yum! I use a stick of butter in my stuffing…no wonder it’s so tasty! Thanks for the hints on lightening it up, Cindy.
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  9. Tara says:

    What a great looking stuffing, and I love how you added in the crunchy celery and pecans. Those are always my fav in a stuffing!!
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  15. Chris Baccus says:

    Just what I needed as I start planning my Thanksgiving meal. Thank you!
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  16. Amanda says:

    Hmm, your picture make me hungry for stuffing! Can’t wait to try this version.

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  18. Stacy says:

    I tell you what, Cindy, your cornbread dressing sounds and looks absolutely perfect! My sister has been replacing the butter and some of the milk in mashed potatoes with chicken stock for years so why have we never thought to do it with dressing? You are so smart!
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  19. It isn’t Thanksgiving in the South without a big ‘ol bowl of cornbread dressing!! My Mom makes an extra-big batch so we have enough for leftovers all weekend long. Dressing is my very favorite Thanksgiving side.
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  23. I am soooo happy you posted this! Is sounds wonderful :)
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  27. Cornbread stuffing is one of my favorites! Thanks for this lightened up version. LOVE :-)
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  28. What a great way to enjoy cornbread stuffing! It looks delicious!
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  30. Hezzi-D says:

    This looks perfect for Thanksgiving! My mom always makes traditional stuffing and I like to make an additional stuffing on the side.
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  31. Sarah says:

    This looks delicious, and I normally HATE stuffing!

  32. Shaina says:

    There are so many different ways to make stuffing, I like that yours is in the style of cornbread.. Yummy!
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  33. Shannon R says:

    Well, now stuffing doesn’t have to be just for special occasions. This is a great recipe, thanks so much for sharing!
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  35. You have such great ideas for lightening up such a fattening but traditional dish, and I bet not one diner noticed anything at all!

  36. Mmmm….nothing better than a good dish of stuffing!
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  37. I love cornbread stuffing, but like others have said, I use a stick or two of butter. Thanks for coming up with a way to lighten it up! :)
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  38. So, I’ve decided that this year is the year I finally make two different kinds of stuffing at Thanksgiving. I’ve always wanted to, but usually just default to the traditional bread stuffing and call it a day. But I’ve ALWAYS really wanted to do a cornbread stuffing. If I make this lightened-up version, I feel like it’ll be *barely* indulgent that I have two kinds of stuffing on the table, right? 😉
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  39. Your cornbread stuffing looks divine, Cindy. Cut sugar and oil doesn’t looks like it matter a bit.
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