Everyday Cornbread

everyday cornbread
Diana Rattray
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
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This easy everyday cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to baked beans, chili, and greens. Most Southerners make a savory cornbread with no sweetener. This cornbread is a Southern-style version made with very little sugar, but feel free to omit it altogether or add more if you like a sweeter cornbread. 

Another way to enhance the flavor of cornbread is with bacon drippings, so don't throw them away. When you cook bacon, add the drippings to a container. Bacon grease—strained with no bacon pieces—will keep for up to 1 year in the refrigerator. Just smell it before you add it to food to make sure it hasn't gone rancid. When you make your cornbread, replace some of the butter with bacon drippings, if you like. For more smoky flavor, add a few tablespoons of crumbled bacon to the batter. 

If you like Tex-Mex flavors, add a few tablespoons of jalapeño peppers or mild chilies along with about 1/2 cup of shredded or cubed cheese. Whole kernel corn is another option that will add both flavor and texture.

There are plenty of ways to use leftover cornbread (see below), and it freezes beautifully, so don't worry about making too much. You might even want to make a double batch! 

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cornmeal (white or yellow)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, more or less as desired
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter (melted)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and melted butter.
  5. Combine the two mixtures and stir until blended. Spoon the cornbread batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cornbread is firm and browned around the edges, and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

    Uses for Leftover Cornbread

    • Toast it under the broiler and enjoy it for breakfast with butter and jam or preserves.
    • Leftover cornbread makes tasty toasted crumbs for topping casseroles. Crumble the cornbread and spread it out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the crumbs in a 300 F oven until they are lightly browned.
    • For croutons, cut the cornbread into cubes and bake it for about 10 to 12 minutes at 325 F.
    • Sprinkle toasted cornbread crumbs or croutons over a bowl of chili or soup.
    • Use cubed leftover cornbread in a layered breakfast casserole.
    • Make stuffing with dried, crumbled cornbread.
    • Use your leftover cornbread to make this unique cornbread salad.
    • For a crunchy, crispy topping on a fruit crisp, replace some of the flour with leftover cornbread crumbs.
    • Thicken a pot of chili with fine cornbread crumbs.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 305
    Total Fat 14 g
    Saturated Fat 7 g
    Unsaturated Fat 5 g
    Cholesterol 137 mg
    Sodium 434 mg
    Carbohydrates 36 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Protein 9 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)