Cornbread is one of my all time favorite side dishes because it’s so versatile and it’s easy to play around with different additions. Since it’s Thanksgiving week I thought I’d post about this in advance of the big day in case anyone wants to have a little slice of Americana on their table, whether or not you actually celebrate Thanksgiving.
I’d never thought about adding bacon and a hint of maple syrup to cornbread before this recipe and it was great. I usually go the Barefoot Contessa route and add lots of cheese and jalapenos, which I do recommend if you are feeding a crowd, but this bread was a perfect sized loaf for a family dinner.
If you are in Australia you can find yellow cornmeal at specialty food stores (Fundies in Brisbane and Byron Bay) or you could try polenta if you don’t feel like hunting for it, just know that it will be a slightly different texture.
I didn’t add as much bacon as the recipe called for but wish I had in the end because it needed that extra moisture. I would also consider using creamed corn instead of just canned corn for some extra moisture.
Cornbread with Bacon adapted from Food Lovers Lunch
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 12oz (350g) bacon, chopped
- 2 scallions (spring onions), finely chopped
- ½ cup (120g) canned corn kernels, drained
- ½ tsp hot pepper flakes
- 2 cups (350g) cornmeal
- 2 1/3 cups (350g) all purpose flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups (375ml) buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp melted butter
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a loaf pan.
- Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet and cook the bacon until crispy.
- Add the scallions and cook with the bacon for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the corn kernels and pepper flakes, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal with the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the buttermilk, eggs, cooled bacon mixture, melted butter, maple syrup and pepper and mix until just combined.
- Spread batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes.
- Slice and serve warm with butter.