My mother never made just dressing, it was always chicken and dressing. This is her recipe with a few of my additions. I add sage and chicken soup to mine. Mother always used a hen and I use just a regular frying chicken (to me hen had to much fat) Put the two recipes together and this is the best dressing ever.
Southern Cornbread Dressing This is like what I usually make for dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I add the chicken to the mix before putting it in the pan. I don't care too much for sage so I have not put it in the last several years. I make my cornbread from the recipe on Quaker cornmeal and cook my own chicken stock. Yummy!