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Get Corny: 15 Ways to Enjoy Soft and Sweet Cornbread

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My earliest memory of eating cornbread is on a first grade field trip. A woman wearing a bonnet poked her head out of a covered wagon and offered me a crumbled yellow square straight from a cast iron pan. I took it and ate it. It was pretty good.

To be clear, the woman was wearing a bonnet and rummaging around in a long forgotten mode of transportation because she, and everyone else around her, were part of a historical reenactment, a peek into what life looked like for settlers of the North American west. The field trip was the culmination of a historical unit on dust-coated pioneers who boarded rickety proto-cars and made their way across the vast American expanse. Over a century and a half later, I was just happy to be offered something to eat.

Since that strange first encounter, I’ve sampled many a cornbread. In Texas, they’re requisite. I tossed back one a day—in muffin form, no less—in my high school cafeteria and have yet to go to a barbecue where they’re not offered. Cornbread, like any good thing, varies across a spectrum. It can veer into dessert territory or swing back salty, as a savory accompaniment; it can be hard and dense or airy, fluffy and crumbling at the touch.

Our site has no shortage of cornbread recipes—and many, many ways to purpose it into other foods. Try your hand at a loaf, then play around with it. And if offered, always accept a bit of cornbread from a woman in a bonnet. You won’t regret it.

Start with the Bread

Cast-Iron Skillet Cornbread
Cast-Iron Skillet Cornbread
Avocado Cornbread

Avocado Cornbread by aargersi

Cornbread with Chorizo

Cornbread with Chorizo by boulangere

Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread
Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread
Double-Corn Corn Bread with Fresh Thyme

Double-Corn Corn Bread with Fresh Thyme by Merrill Stubbs

No-Fuss Vegan Cornbread

No-Fuss Vegan Cornbread by Gena Hamshaw

Tomato Upside-Down Cornbread

Tomato Upside-Down Cornbread by The Suburban Soapbox

Cracklin’ Cornbread

Cracklin’ Cornbread by Sean Brock

Now Riff!

Andouille Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing

Andouille Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing by cratecooking

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella by Kendra Vaculin

Sriracha Cheddar Cornbread Waffles

Sriracha Cheddar Cornbread Waffles by Carey Nershi

Chili Cornbread Dogs

Chili Cornbread Dogs by Sarah Waldman

John Fleer's Buttermilk Cornbread Soup
John Fleer's Buttermilk Cornbread Soup
Cornbread Buttermilk “Mush”

Cornbread Buttermilk “Mush” by chardrucks

Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby's Grilled Sausage and Cornbread Salad

Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby's Grilled Sausage and... by Genius Recipes

Have you had any weird encounters with cornbread? If so, let us know.

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