Wildcard Winner

Avocado Cornbread

By • October 7, 2013 • 24 Comments

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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Your cornbread just got its groove back. 

Avocado Cornbread from Food52

WHO: Aargersi is a marketing database manager in Austin, Texas -- and a longtime Food52er!

WHAT: The spunkiest cornbread on the block.

HOW: Get your pan hot with some butter and cumin. Make your batter; fold in avocado and corn. Pour it all into the hot pan, and bake.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This is not your sweet, demure, cake-like cornbread. This is cornbread with real personality. The avocados retain their shape and creaminess; they're the perfect contrast to the pleasant heat and coarseness of the cornbread itself. Turns out we love avocados in just about everything -- cornbread included.

Avocado Cornbread by aargersi

Serves one 9-inch round cornbread

1 cup stone ground cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like spicy -- I do!)
2 teaspoons cumin
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 ear corn cut from the cob (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 large ripe avocado in 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
Juice from 1/2 lime (about 2 teaspoons)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: wildcard, cornbread, avocado

Comments (24)

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6 months ago Dee Kay

Its a winner, love it! Followed recipe, used wholemeal flour instead of all purpose flour, worked well. No problems at all. Cant wait to share with friends. Will definitely make again.

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6 months ago Phyllis Parker

I am also really interested in making this but would like to know if anyone else had good results!

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6 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

If you go to the recipe itself you will see that several people have made it - not sure what went wrong with Dale Farran's - but you do need the acid in the buttermilk to activate the soda, so if you sub another milk you should use powder instead ...

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6 months ago Dale Farran

I did use buttermilk. I worried also that the cumin was listed in error. 2 teaspoons is a lot and my cornbread came out quite brown, not like the picture shown. And distinctly tasted of baking soda.

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6 months ago jkjk`

has someone else made this too? I would like to but its a lot of wasted ingredients if it did not taste right..?

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6 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I made it according to the recipe, and we really enjoyed it. No weird baking soda taste at all. Not sure what went wrong with the person's who thought it tasted bad. Maybe it's just a personal preference thing?

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6 months ago Dale Farran

Something is seriously wrong with this recipe. I think it might be the amount of baking soda. It is all I could taste. A shame because the recipe is appealing but it is a lot of work and it was really pretty bad.

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6 months ago fhp

Hey Aargers1, Congrats...
I've gotta lotta avos right now. Even though I'm a bit of a purists I'm going to give this one a go.

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6 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I KNOW this is delicious! What a great idea to put avocado in the cornbread.

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6 months ago Chris

"The spunkiest cornbread on the block."
That's pretty impressive!

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6 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks all! I am making it for The Red River Shootout this weekend in celebration!

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6 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Senior Editor of Food52

What's that, aargersi? Sounds fun!

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6 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Kristen! UT/OU football game. Huge rivalry. They have kicked our asses in recent history and I don't have a warm fuzzy going into this weekend, but we will at least have good grub! (ps we = UT Longhorns - HOOK 'EM!)

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6 months ago EmilyC

This looks absolutely amazing. I'll definitely be making this soon! Big congrats!

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6 months ago Midge

YUM! Can't wait to make this. Big congrats!

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6 months ago Kukla

Congratulations on the WildCard win Abbie!! What a great and original cornbread recipe!

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6 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum, Abbie! Congratulations! Looking forward to trying it soon!

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6 months ago gingerroot

Woo-hoo Abbie! May have to make this tonight with avos from my mom's tree! Congrats!

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6 months ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations, Abbie! I swear I could eat an entire pan of that cornbread right now. It looks beyond delicious.

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6 months ago Marian Bull

Marian is an editor at Food52.

I love it when people give me new ways to eat avocado at every meal.

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6 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow, congrats Abbie, I loved that cornbread recipe from the first time I saw it. Brilliant!

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6 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks you guys - I am thrilled! We love our cornbread around here ...

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6 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

YAY Abbie!!! I just knew after this came up in discussion that it was going to have to get some more accolades! :) I wish I were eating a pan of this right now.

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6 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Amazing. Congrats, aargersi. So well deserved. ;o)