I've been on a tamale pie kick ever since updating my mom's classic recipe a couple months ago by adding a brown butter cornbread crust. Essentially an olive-packed chili baked underneath a sweet cornbread crust, it's one of the all-in-one comfort classics that never fails to bring big smiles and full bellies in its wake. This 100% vegetarian version is no different.
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Whether you're serving it with chili or simply with a smear of butter and a drizzle of honey, good cornbread with a moist, tender crumb and and intense corn flavor is one of life's greatest pleasures. So how do you take one of life's greatest pleasures and make it even more, well, pleasurable? Simple: Add some browned butter to it.
Bacon, cheddar, and scallions load this cornbread up with a salty, sharp, and smoky flavor that contrasts against the sweet and moist cornbread.
Maple syrup adds a distinct sweetness that pairs well with the toasted walnuts that give this tender and moist cornbread a nice crunch.
I take sweet Northern-style cornbread and make it even sweeter with honey—it's the perfect counterpoint to the tart fresh cranberries and bright orange zest in this recipe.
This Southwestern-style recipe calls for roasted poblano and red bell peppers, corn, and a little cayenne, for a sweet and fruity bread with a slight touch of heat.
Creamy, sweet, fruity, and spicy, this cornbread cheese gets a big transformation from the simple addition of chopped fresh jalapeños and pepper jack cheese.
Northern-style cornbread is defined by a sweetness and moistness that more closely resembles cake than bread. This recipes gives you all that, plus a deeply browned, crisp Southern-style crust.
Chef Sean Brock makes his no-flour-no-sugar cornbread with Anson Mills Antebellum Coarse Yellow Cornmeal, buttermilk for tang, and a single egg, leaving it light and corny. He also adds crisp crumbles of bacon (preferably Benton's) to the batter, as wells some of the bacon grease, to give the bread a vague and pleasant smokiness and decidedly savory edge. It's a very classic cornbread that would be as at home with a country supper as gracing the table at Husk.
Use the last of your summer tomatoes in this spicy cornbread. It's great as a side for chili or even eggs.
A gluttonous amalgamation of Chef Lee's buttermilk ice cream and lardo corn bread, this milkshake from Smoke & Pickles combines two excellent recipes with a healthy helping of sorghum syrup.
A casserole inspired by the Sonoran hot dog combines slow-cooked salsa verde pot roast, creamy, bacon-flecked pinto beans, and a cornbread crust.
There is perhaps no recipe I've investigated that is as simple and yet as fraught with passionate argument regarding the "correct" way to make it as cornbread. Adding to this battle is not my purpose here.
In my family, we have a Christmas morning tradition of feasting on French toast casserole, bacon, and generous pours of maple syrup. Sometimes there are a few grapefruits tucked into plates, but it is mostly a sweet, decadent affair. After making LocalSavour's Warm Custard Spoon Bread from the new Food52 Cookbook, I may make a case for changing up the main course. This spoon bread won the "Best Holiday Breakfast" contest, and with very good reason--this bread is magic. Somehow, the process of whisking together a loose cornbread batter, pouring it into a hot pan, and topping it off with a generous pour of heavy cream yields a three layer masterpiece made of custard, cake, and cornbread. Surely there must be some baking science behind it, but I'm content to leave that to the experts. Magic spoon bread is just fine by me.
The uniquely herbaceous nature of sage brings fond food memories of soup, stuffing, and general warmth. Incorporating it into a skillet cornbread lets it shine.
This pumpkin-y cornbread is a nice alternative to regular cornbread for fall breakfasts and Thanksgiving meals.
Depending on where you come from, Johnnycakes will take different forms. These unleavened corn cakes take after the American version, and add a sweet and spicy syrup for extra excitement.
The outside of the Spider Cake gets golden brown and slightly crisp in the oven while the inside stays tender. One of the unique attributes of the Spider Cake as opposed to your garden-variety cornbread is the thin stripe of creamy custard that forms in the center of the cake as it cooks.
Is it just us or is cornbread deceptively tricky? On paper it reads simple enough but it can easily be too dry or too caky, overly sweet or not sweet enough. With all of those variables, it seems as though eliminating the gluten would be a recipe for disaster, but somehow our go-to gluten-free gal Elizabeth Barbone has created a bang-up recipe for Gluten-Free Cornbread in her latest, How to Cook Gluten-Free. Perfectly moist and springy, you'd never suspect that this cornbread was made with rice flour and xanthan gum in place of all-purpose wheat flour.