Spicy Jalapeno and Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving. I know, Halloween hasn’t even come and gone and I’m jumping ahead.
Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread with Sausage

In my home, the holidays start the 1st of October, so expect to see me bounce back and forth between the holidays. I may even slip in a Christmas-ready dish here and there.

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Speaking of which, how perfect is this stuffing for either Thanksgiving or Christmas? It’s one you can make a day ahead and give a quick low and slow reheat. In fact, it will taste even better. The overnight rest lets all the flavors dig deeply into the cornbread.

And since we are a few weeks away from any holiday gathering, I’d love to know what some of your family favorites are.

Yield: 8-10servings

Spicy Jalapeño and Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Spicy Jalapeño and Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage


  • • 8 cups dried cornbread (use your favorite recipe or see recipe below)
  • • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • • 1 12oz. Jones Dairy Farm Pork Sausage
  • • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • • cups 1/4-inch slices celery
  • • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • • tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • • tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • • 2 large eggs


  1. Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter 9x13 casserole pan; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onions, stir and break up sausage; cook sausage and is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add to bowl with bread, stir in herbs, salt, and pepper. Drizzle in 1 cup broth, gently toss.
  3. Whisk together 1 cup broth and eggs in a small bowl. Add to bread mixture, gently fold until thoroughly combined. Transfer to prepared dish, cover with foil, and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of dressing registers 160°, about 40 minutes.
  4. Cornbread
  5. Makes one 8-inch pan
  6. • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  7. • 1 cup cornmeal
  8. • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  10. • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. • 1 medium jalapeño chile, cored, seeded, and chopped fine
  12. • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  13. • ¾ cup fontina cheese
  14. • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  15. • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  16. • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  17. • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels (3 1/2 ounces), thawed
  18. • 1 cup buttermilk
  19. • 2 large eggs
  20. • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  21. Preparation: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray.
  22. In a large bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, jalapeño, salt, and cheeses in medium bowl until combined. Create a well in the center; set aside. In food processor or blender, process brown sugar, thawed corn kernels, and buttermilk until combined, about 5 seconds. Add eggs and process until well combined (a few corn lumps will remain), about 5 seconds longer. Pour mixture into well of dry ingredients and begin folding dry ingredients into wet with a just a few turns to combine. Add melted butter and continue folding until dry ingredients until are just moistened. Pour batter into prepared baking dish; use an offset spatula to smooth out surface. Bake until deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and allow to cool, about 25 minutes. Cut into ¼ inch pieces and allow to dry out completely, about 2 days or place in oven at 200 degrees F and bake for 3 hours.


17 comments to " Spicy Jalapeno and Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage "

  • Zainab

    To be honest, it’s never too early for Thanksgiving recipes especially when it’s stuffing!!! Making it spicy is a great idea 🙂

  • Amy @ The Blond Cook

    My mom always makes oyster stuffing at Thanksgiving since we live on the coast of NC. Your stuffing looks and sounds amazing! I love the combination of cornbread, jalapeno and cheddar cheese!

  • Woah, is it stuffing time already? Wowzers, it totally is, what happened to the year? Good thing you’re here for us Matt to keep us prepared. This stuffing looks insanely delish! All that cheddar, YUM!!!!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen

    Ok, so I’m laughing because I was all worried about posting a recipe with cranberries today and we haven’t even had Halloween yet. I guess we are both jumping the gun a bit. This stuffing looks amazing. Stuffing is hands down my favorite part of the meal!

  • Alice Choi

    A solid, spicy, cheesy stuffing is a must for me come Thanksgiving time . . so I LOVE this!!!!

  • Stuffing is my FAVORITE part of Thanksgiving, which I missed yesterday for Canadian Thanksgiving! Guess I’ll just have to make this myself today! Pinned!

  • grandbabycakes

    I’m seriously so so ready for the holidays so this is perfection!!!!! I am in love with the flavors of this!

  • Mary Ann @ the beach house kic

    This one is perfect alright Matt! I’m so into planning ahead, so it’s never too early to break out the Thanksgiving recipes! Have a great week Matt!

  • Erin @ MouthfulBlog.com

    I am totally on board with starting the holiday season in September! If it makes you feel better, I watch the Hallmark holiday movies all. year. round. It’s an issue! And this stuffing!! Would go perfectly with my movie watching 🙂

  • foodnessgracious

    Creamy cheesy buttery mashes potatoes for me. I may even have a post coming up with an awesome recipe 😉

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I’m with you Matt, holidays definitely start October 1st!! I’m diving head long into this stuffing!! Man, what a gem!

  • Tutti Dolci

    Love the kick from the jalapeños in this stuffing!

  • Great looking stuffing! Matt! I love all the layers you have got going on here!!

  • I’m not sure I’m ready to think about my Thanksgiving menu yet, but this stuffing looks awesome!!

  • Amy | Club Narwhal

    Stuffing really needs to be a year round dish–this one looks divine! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving 😉

  • KevinIsCooking

    Now I love me a good, savory stuffing and this one hits the mark. Perfect Southwest twist here Matt. excellent! I mean sausage, cheddar and cornbread – BAM!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Bring on the Holidays! I am so with you and your family. October 1st is my starting date too! 🙂 Love the stuffing!

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