Grandma’a Stuffing Recipe

The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever!

Gratitude is something we can never have enough of and my kids feel the same way about my stuffing, or as we call it, Grandma Layne’s dressing balls. November always makes me think about those two things: gratitude and stuffing.

I’m so thankful and blessed to have had a grandmother like Grandma Layne. She was the most humble, kind, selfless person I have ever known. She never had much money but she spoiled all of her grandchildren in other ways. She was totally devoted to her family and we loved her dearly.


I’m not sure who taught her to make dressing balls because her mother died when she was not yet 3 years old. Her father never remarried but there were lots of aunts and cousins who helped my grandfather raise his 3 little girls. Perhaps it was one of them who taught her. All I know is that from the time I was a little girl the dressing balls appeared at every Thanksgiving dinner.

I’ve shared her stuffing recipe before but I wanted to re-share in case any of you might have missed it. Why is the dressing shaped into balls, you might ask? Truthfully, I don’t know why she made them this way but she did and so did my mother and now I do. I fully expect my daughter and her daughter will be rolling out dressing balls long after I am gone. Tradition is a powerful thing.

I’ve had stuffing at many different restaurants and at family events. Nothing comes close to Grandma Layne’s dressing balls. Without further adieu I will share the recipe. If you make them I’d like to hear back from you and see what you think.


And I if I haven’t told you already, “Thank You,” for being a NanaHood friend. I absolutely love what I do and connecting with each one of you. You are a blessing to me and I am grateful for you!

Grandma Layne’s Dressing Balls (or Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe if you prefer)

9 cups biscuit crumbs (mom and grandma used homemade biscuits. I cheat and used canned or bought Pillsbury)

3 cups corn bread crumbs (I do make my own cornbread)

1 large onion, chopped finely

1 cup celery, chopped finely

1 T. poultry seasoning

1/2 T. sage

2 eggs, slightly beaten

Lots of chicken broth–until mixture is gooey, sticky but not runny

Salt and Pepper to taste

Crumble all biscuit and corn bread. My cousin uses a food processor to crumble but I do it by hand  Measure after they are crumbled.  Add chopped onion, celery, poultry seasoning, sage, salt, and pepper. Mix well.  Heat broth to a simmer.  Pour into the bread crumb mixture and mix well.  It will take more broth than you think.  Add enough so that it can stirred easily.  Taste and add more seasonings to get the taste you desire.  After you are happy with the taste, add the beaten eggs and mix well.  Make sure to taste before adding the eggs!  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll into golf ball  (or just a tad bit bigger) size balls and place on greased sheet pan.  Bake until golden brown.  About 20 minutes.

Best served with turkey gravy over them!

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  1. That stuffing sounds delicious! We don’t do thanks giving here, but I LOVE Turkey so I think I’d fit right in over there!
    Also, if this is not your WWOT link, just delete my post. I may’ve jumped the gun!

  2. Hi Teresa, This sounds yummy. I have never heard of stuffing balls. Thanks for giving the recipe. They sound pretty easy. I hope you are doing well. So glad to be connected. Blessings, Amy

  3. Your recipe is similar to my mom’s dressing. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  4. Carolyn Edwards 15 Nov, 2016

    Your description also sounds exactly like Cebie’s Aunt Clara, humble, kind, selfless. Was this your grandmother who was her sister-in-law?

  5. I have always enjoyed Teresas writing.I really missed her article in the FRECC Magazine.I think you are an awesome writer Teresa Bell Kindred.

  6. I grew up on Stove Top stuffing, so don’t have much patience for cooking … but your family recipe looks delicious!

  7. Joan Edwards 15 Nov, 2016

    My mother, Ruth Edwards, always rolled her dressing in balls and the recipe looks exactly like her recipe. Her mother, my Grandmother Witty died when I was 3 and I don’t know if she rolled her dressing in balls. That is interesting. I will have to ask my older cousins and see if they remember.

  8. Yum Yum! Thanks for sharing your memories of Grandma Layne. I am going to pin this so I can make these x

  9. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll probably try it this Thanksgiving. Since I’m in South Africa, there is no stuffing mix in a box. I have to do everything by scratch.

  10. We love stuffing balls here, we have them with our Sunday dinner 🙂 your recipe sounds great.

  11. teresak 16 Nov, 2016

    Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by!

  12. teresak 16 Nov, 2016

    Do let me know if you like them!

  13. teresak 16 Nov, 2016

    So glad you are trying them! Let me know if you like them!

  14. teresak 16 Nov, 2016

    Thanks for commenting, Joan. Big hugs to you!

  15. This is the same recipe my mama used. They are absolutely the best ever. One year when I was in NYC and couldn’t get home for the Holidays, she sent me a bag of the cornbread and biscuits seasoned and ready for the broth, onions and eggs. It was probably the best Christmas present I ever got: a taste of home from my mama’s hands.

  16. teresak 4 Dec, 2016

    Thank you Martha! So good to hear from you!