To coincide with the previous post about chili, I decided to try my hand at another cast iron classic: cornbread. Just as with chili, I am by no means a cornbread aficionado–I didn’t grow up with it, and it’s certainly not a tradition in my family (or any families that I know actually). It’s super simple and I suggest as an easy and quick meal fix if you’re feeling lazy–if you use more vegetables it could easily be filling enough for a meal.
The only thing is that you want to eat it right away while it’s still hot from the oven. Just like any homemade bread, it’s never as good as when it’s super fresh and piping hot.
After looking at several varieties of cornbread recipes online, I combined a few to come up with my own. I used the recipe at this site as my base. That recipe is pure cornbread–just bread, no vegetables in it. But I decided to add some vegetables to give a little more texture. So, here we are, my recipe for cast iron cornbread.
- 1 cup yellow corn meal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup olive oil (plus enough to coat the pan)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/4 cup frozen corn
- 1 small can green chilis
- 3 tablespoons diced white onion
- 1 stalk celery, cubed small
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and put the cast iron skillet inside while it heats up. Combine your vegetables in a small dish and set aside. Combine the dry ingredients, seasoning with pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Whisk in the wet ingredients until smooth.
When your dough is made, take out the pan from the oven. Add a touch of olive oil and sautee the corn/vegetables for two minutes, until just barely soft. Take them out and stir into the dough.
Put the dough into the hot pan and put back into the oven for 20 minutes, until it has just started to turn golden on the top. Let sit for a few minutes until it’s cooled slightly and remove from the pan–it should slide out without sticking at all. Serve with butter or anything else. It goes great with lots of things–chili and soup especially. Enjoy!