Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

Skillet cornbread is the cure to a lot that ails. Especially when you incorporate large amounts of butter and the other great butter - buttermilk. Ok, that's not butter, but it's in the name and that has to count for something.

When House Autry asked to partner with me, the very first thing I knew I wanted to showcase was cornbread! And I've been asked more than once (more than ten times even) to share how I make it. Now the wait is over! (I hope those ten plus people watch and read. :))

First things first - I'm fan-girling to partner with House-Autry. Around our house their products have always been the gold standard for meal and breader. Period. It's what I watched my Dad use every time he fried fish and made hushpuppies and as long as I've been frying all the foods, I've always used House-Autry. Because it's good and it works. And to boot, it's born and "bread" in my home state of North Carolina - pun definitely intended. ;)

This is the tale of two cornbreads. Watch the video to hear the reason. Hint, it involves these two beautiful souls I got to call Granny for not nearly enough years. But while I had them, they taught me a lot, loved on me more, and fed me better than well.

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From Left to Right : My Granny Austin and Granny Grace

I hope you enjoy the video, but even more I hope you enjoy your own skillet cornbread. It's a thing of beautiful, delicious memories y'all. Even more so when shared around the table with people you love. Happy cooking!

Your butter-loving-cast-iron-cooking friend,

Meredith


Recipe for Baked Skillet Cornbread

Step 1. Gather the stars of the show.

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Step 2. Pre-heat oven to 425 and let stick of butter melt in the skillet while oven warms up. Watch that it doesn't burn. Use less butter if you must, but trust me, a stick is worth it. While that melts, mix the other stars of the show.

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Step 3. Poor cornbread batter over melted butter and cook 18-25 minutes until golden brown. (This photo is half-way to done).

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Step 4. Use a hot pad (this is important, y'all! Ask me how I know...) and prepare yourself to be amazed. Remove hot cornbread from oven, invert on a plate if you wish, and apply more butter (or not. But I always do.) Eat. And be amazed.

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Recipe for Fried Skillet Cornbread

Step 1. Heat 1 c. canola oil in skillet over medium heat

Step 2. Combine 1 c. House Autry White Self-Rising Corn Meal Mix, 1 c. buttermilk, 1 egg and 1 tbsp. canola oil.

Step 3. Once oil is hot (my trick - flick some water in grease until it "sings" - see video), use small ladle to drop in batter. My 12" skillet held about 6 dollops. (Can we agree dollop is a great word?) ((Also pretend there is a photo here. I was too busy flipping cornbread and trying to video it. It got a little crazy, y'all.))

Step 4. Once each "dollop" is spread out and brown on bottom, flip with large slotted spoon and cook until brown on top, about 1 minute per side.

Step 5. Place cornbread on paper-towel lined baking sheet to absorb grease while they wait patiently on the rest of their friends to join them.

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Step 6. Call the family in for hot cornbread and be prepared to get out of the way - at my house they come hungry and it goes fast. If any is left, serve alongside your favorite cornbread loving dish. Chili is amazing. But my Granny's chicken pastry was the best. :)

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CAST IRON SKILLET CORNREAD: BAKED AND FRIED

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ingredients:

  • 1 cup House Autry White Self-Rising Corn Meal Mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter ((For Baked Cornbread))
  • 1 cup canola oil ((For Fried Cornbread))

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How to cook Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread : Baked and Fried

  1. For baked cornbread, Preheat oven to 425 and melt stick of butter in 10" or 12" skillet while oven heats up.
  2. For fried cornbread, heat 1 cup canola oil in skillet over medium heat.
  3. For both recipes, mix corn meal mix, buttermilk, 1 tbsp oil and 1 egg together in bowl.
  4. For baked cornbread, pour batter over melted butter and cook 18-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. For fried cornbread, ladle small spoons of batter into hot grease, flipping when golden brown on bottom and taking out when both sides golden brown, placing cooked cornbread on paper towel lined baking sheet.
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