Cheesy Skillet Cornbread


Recipe: Cheesy Skillet Cornbread

Summary: Cornbread, which some say symbolizes gold, completes the Southern New Year’s triad. Native Americans were the first to bake a cornmeal mixture, and Southerners made it daily when wheat was a rarity in the region.


    • 2 to 3 teaspoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 3/4 cups white cornmeal
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)
    • Butter


  1. Coat bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with bacon drippings; heat in a 450° oven for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add cornmeal, stirring well.
  3. Stir in baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour batter into hot skillet.
  4. Top with cheese, if desired.
  5. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Serve with butter.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

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