The southern favorite, cornbread, befits any hearty meal.
I can say that we here in South Louisiana prepare it many different
ways mostly by adding special ingredients. Cornbreads are
usually of two types; Rough/course (savory) & Cake-like (sweet).
Most folks like one type better than the other.
Before I get to my recipe I wanted to give you
some variables with which you can be creative.
I've listed below some of the various ingredients
you can add to "specialize" your cornbread. The quantities
of special ingredients fit the basic (2 cup dry mix) cornbread
recipe and you can add and subtract as your taste desires.
Onion - 1/2 cup chopped
Green Onion - 1/3 cup chopped
Bell Pepper - 1/4 cup chopped
Jalapeno - 2 medium diced
Garlic - 1 tsp. diced
Yams - 1/2 cup packed
Corn (whole or creamed) - 3/4 to 1 cup
Ground Beef - 1/2 lb. cooked
Smoked Sausage - 1 cup diced
Crawfish - 1/2 lb. cooked & chopped
Shrimp - 1/2 lb. cooked & chopped
Bacon - 1/3 cup diced
Cheese - 1 cup shredded or 2 slices
Maque Choux Cornbread (my recipe)
This recipe is for a basic cornbread recipe
(2 cup dry mix).
On the stove in a skillet, prepare the
1 tbs. butter, oil or bacon fat
1/2 medium onion diced
1/2 medium bell pepper diced
1 can whole kernel corn
4 leaves green onions diced
Pinch of granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. Creole seasoning
2 tsp. bacon bits
On a medium-low fire, melt butter and add
onion and bell pepper and sautÚ for a few minutes. Add corn and
continue to sautÚ until corn just starts to soften (if it browns a
little that's okay. Lower fire and add remaining ingredients.
Continue to sautÚ for about 5 minutes then let cool a little.
Prepare your cornbread recipe but add
only the amount of oil that exceeds the amount used in the above
preparation. In other words, if your recipe specifies 1╝ Tbs. of
oil, add only the ╝ tbs. since you already used 1 tbs. in the corn
Combine the corn mix with the cornbread mix
and stir well. Heat a 10" cast iron skillet coated inside with
oil in a 400║F pre-heated oven for about 3 minutes.
out and pour in cornbread mixture.
Bake at the required temperature
Jazz it up like you wish!