Sage Cornbread is a delicious twist on a classic. Baked in a cast iron skillet for even baking, has an added earthy flavor of sage and a pretty presentation.
I love the combination of the sweet cornbread, the onion flavor, the fresh celery and the earthiness of the sage. It’s everyone’s favorite dish on my Thanksgiving table and it takes all my strength to not eat it all before it gets to the table.
All week I am featuring the Thanksgiving recipes that make an appearance on my table. The Perfect Roast Turkey, Cornbread, Sage and Onion Stuffing, Quick Cranberry Orange Sauce plus more below and even an easy recipe for Leftover Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Sausage Rolls.
The second most important dish after the perfect Thanksgiving turkey is the sage, onion and cornbread stuffing (or dressing) and for which I use this cornbread.
Because there is sage in the cornbread, I go lighter on the addition of the sage to the stuffing because it can be overpowering. If I use plain cornbread, I keep the recipe the same.
This skillet cornbread does not have to be just for stuffing. You could add just about anything to the batter, cheese, jalapeño, chopped bacon, honey, vegetables. Or simply with a drizzle of honey (see the pic below).
The possibilities are endless anytime you want a great cornbread side dish. I also like to serve it with my slow cooker beef and sweet potato chili. How’s that for a comforting fall meal?
I love making the cornbread in a cast iron skillet. It never sticks and always bakes evenly. After preheating the skillet in the oven, I add a tablespoon of butter and then arranged fresh sage leaves on the bottom of the pan. When the cornbread was turned out, the top has a pretty decoration and makes for a great presentation. This is an optional step and is a great wow factor, but can be omitted.
I haven’t always used all cornbread for my stuffing. I started making regular bread, onion and sage stuffing, then that turned into mixing in cornbread, then I just went for 100% cornbread with no regular bread and that’s what I’ve stuck to the past few years.