Cast Iron Smoky Southern Cornbread

Cast Iron Smoky Southern Cornbread

    When it comes to house breads of the South, cornbread is neck-in-neck with buttermilk biscuits for first place.Southerners love to garden and can easily make a meal with fresh vegetables from their own backyards. Here I will share with you my favorite southern cornbread recipe. It is also one of the best Cast iron cornbread recipes. It is smoky southern cornbread which is baked in a cast-iron skillet and only cost you 30 minutes to make. This Southern-style cornbread has a light, modestly crumbly interior and crispy golden-brown crust. And the smokiness is mostly produced by bacon. This southern Cornbread goes particularly well with a simple bowl of pinto beans, a cozy bowl of soup, stew or alongside an all-vegetable plate. And here are the steps to make this delicious smoky southern cornbread. Hope this recipe can help you in your life.

Cast Iron Smoky Southern Cornbread


2 large eggs (lightly beaten)

2 slices chopped bacon

1½ cupscollard greens (finely chopped)

1⅓ cups whole buttermilk

¾ cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese

2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage

3 tablespoons vegetable oil



  1. Preheat oven to 425. Cook bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet until it becomes crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon to a plate. Then add collards and sage to the pan and cook about 1 minutes until collards wilt. Remove the pan from heat. Remove collard mixture to a plate and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together cornmeal mix, pepper, buttermilk, eggs, and 1 tablespoon oil until combine. Then add in collard mixture, bacon, and cheese. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and heatover medium-high heat until the pan really hot. Remove it from heat. Pour cornmeal mixture into hot oil and smoothing top if you need..
  3. Put the pan to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the center is set and when a wooden pick inserted in center,it comes out clean.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges then serve.


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Use oven mitts with a reinforced heat-resistant palm to protect yourself from burning when placing theCast iron skilletin the preheated oven, when you remove it to add the batter and when the cornbread is done.There is plenty of cheese in this version to make it even more flavorful and the collard greensare mild giving it just the right twist to keep things interesting. This traditional Southern cornbread doesnt contain any sugar and is mostly made of cornmeal, which makes it an amazing side to bacon and sausages. You could serve this with any meal, and a wedge of this cornbread is the time-honored way to soak up tasty juices of collard greens, slow-cooked meat dishes and other soul food. Yummy! Be aware that the baking time may need to be adjusted slightly. While this cornbread is moist, it still needs butter for slathering on each glorious piece so it can melt into each and every nook and cranny. Cornbread itself can be a blank palette and I love experimenting with variations. For this southern cornbread, I like adding a small amount of flour to give it a tender texture. You can bake this smoky bacon cornbread for your breakfast since it is really easy and time-consuming. When the cornbread is baking in the oven, you can prepare other food at least a cup of coffee. I can assure you that you will never regret to make this one pan food!

 With my thoughts turning to fall, I’m instantly craving comfort food. Soups, stews and everything else cooked in my oven. Of course, comfort food also includes all carb things. Next time, I would like to share with you another very easy and tasty one pan food. It is SKILLET CREAM CHEESE & CHEDDAR CORNBREAD. This fabulous Cream Cheese & Cheddar Skillet Cornbread definitely fits the bill! Butter, cheddar and cream cheese are swirled together within the batter before being poured into a piping hot Cast iron skillet. This cornbread is heavenly for breakfast with a runny egg sitting on top. It also makes a great vehicle for sandwiches when it is split in two. Hope you like it!

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