The Free Motion Quilting Project: Skillet Corn Bread

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Skillet Corn Bread

Josh in today for Thursday's recipe. This one will be quick. It goes great with last week's Ultimate Greens.

This comes from Bob Garner and his book North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time.

Skillet Corn Bread

1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 Tbs bacon drippings

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place bacon drippings in well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Put skillet in oven for 3-4 minutes.

While skillet is heating, combine cornmeal, salt, and milk in a bowl and blend well. When drippings are hot, remove skillet carefully with a heavy duty oven mitt and pour drippings into the batter, stirring quickly. Quickly pour batter into skillet (it will sizzle) and return to oven. Immediately reduce heat to 450. Bake approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

To serve, cut into pie slice shapes.


  1. Yep, you are spot-ON with this one. One of THE BEST uses for an iron skillet.......this and upside-down pineapple cake !

    The crust will be crispy and slightly bacony-tasting, and ooh, I wish I had some right now !

  2. Sounds yummy! I have never heard of self-rising cornbread. Now I'll have to look for it!

  3. This sounds delish. Yet another voice from the universe telling me I need to start saving those bacon drippings!

  4. Just a thought a propos of absolutely nothing, if you like Dr Who and Torchwood I am sure you will enjoy Primeval - quite whacky and full of English humour.

  5. Josh, can you please, please, please translate this into Australian?? I used to live in Canada with Americans from Carolina, and I've never found a good cornbread recipe.... You know, we have Celsius for degrees - 500 sounds awful hot. We have corn meal - is that the same as corn bread?

  6. Hi Textile Fiend,

    Celsius would be 260, or simply the highest your oven can take. You'd drop the temp down to about 225-230.

    And yes, cornmeal is used to make cornbread.

    Pauline, thanks for the rec! Good news is Primeval seasons 1,2, and 3 are all on netflix. I've added them to our watch instantly queue.

  7. Cornbread is such a weakness for me. I LOVE IT! And in the cast iron skillet...even better.


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