Southern Style “Crackling” Cornbread

Every Southern Home has made some form of this delicious bread. We serve it with Beans or as a side for a whole meal. Most of the Older people love this either toasted in the morning with a little butter or with milk as a snack. I know that this does not sound to appealing to some but this is what ” As a Child” they grew up eating.  I ” being the younger generation” like this with beans or as a side.

I know that some of the older recipe’s call for a lot of cornmeal and little to no flour at all. This type of Southern traditional Cooking I am use to so just using the cornmeal does not really bother me. I do, However like the more Cake like texture of adding some flour to the mix. It makes the finished product have a more cake like texture. I like to make a more denser cornbread for beans and a more fluffy cornbread to place as a side for a meal.

There are so  many ways and so many things that you can put into a cornbread mix to make it suit your liking. I have quite a few and will also be sharing those as well in the coming posts. As I have already posted a simple cornbread already I thought that I would bump it up a little and make it a little bit more southern. I do hope that you enjoy this recipe as so many others do.  Now If you can not find “cracklings” in your local supermarket or grocer” then You can substitute 1/2 think cut diced bacon instead. The texture will be different but the flavor will be the same as they are both “Pork Products”.  Just use the same amount of bacon as you would for the “cracklings”.

So Lets get started on the Ingredients.

 

2 1/2 c. Yellow Cornmeal ( if you only have white cornmeal that is just fine)

1 c. Flour

2 tbsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Fine Black Pepper

1 1/2 c. Pork cracklings or ( 1/2 inch thick cut and diced bacon)

1 Egg Room Temperature

3 tbsp. Vegetable Oil

1/2 c. Buttermilk

1 c. Milk ( whole)

2 tbsp. Butter Room Temperature for greasing the pan

 

(1) In a bowl whisk together the Flour, Cornmeal, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt and Pepper until well combined.cooking blog pictures 019

(2) In a measuring cup beat together the Egg and the Vegetable Oil until well combined.cooking blog pictures 020 Add the Buttermilk and beat together until well combined as well.cooking blog pictures 021 Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients.cooking blog pictures 022 Add in the Milk and whisk together until almost combined.cooking blog pictures 023 Remove the whisk and use a rubber spatula to mix in the rest of the batter.cooking blog pictures 024

(3) Add in the ” Pork cracklings or Bacon” and mix gently with the rubber spatuala.cooking blog pictures 026 Let set at room temperature for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This allows the cornmeal to soften a bit so it will not be as gritty.

(4) Butter a 8×8 in square pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400* and allow the oven to get hot.

(5) When the oven is hot and ready Pour the Batter into the greased pan and level off the top.cooking blog pictures 027 Bake the Cornbread for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack. Allow the Cornbread to cool completely before removing from the pan.

(6) When the Cornbread is cooled, Run a knife along the edges and using an offset spatula run along the bottom of the bread to gently release from the bottom. Turn the Bread out on to a plate and on to a serving dish right side up. Cut into squares and serve or you can just cut out squares from the cooled pan and allow people to serve themselves. Either way is just fine. cooking blog pictures 029

If you have left over you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Serve with Room Temperature Butter on the side.

I do hope that you enjoy this great Southern Recipe from my family. If you want a Denser Bread then cut the Flour down to 1/2 cup. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Homemade Oat Bisuts

Love Biscuts, Then You will love this recipe. This recipe is made with Ground Oats and is a great way to get more fiber in your diet. Not to mention that they taste great. They are light and fluffy and you can eat them the same as regular biscuts.  They have more flavor as to regular biscuts but still really good.

 

2 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour

1/2 c. Ground Oats ( just place 2 c. Oats plus 1/2 c. Flour in processor and pulse until gorund. keep in airtight container)

2 Tbsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

3 Tbsp. Butter

3 Tbsp. Crisco

1 Egg, Beaten

1 c. Milk

 

(1.) Heat oven to 400*.

(2) In a bowl whisk together the Flour, Ground Oats, Baking powder and Salt. Add in the butter and crisco and using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in until the size of small peas.

(3) Beat the egg and milk together and add to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour onto a floured surface and pat or roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out piecces using a biscut cutter and place on to a sheet pan or biscut pan about 1/2 inch apart. Using your Thumb gently press down slighty on top of the biscut making a slight indention. Bake for 20- 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and carefully place in serving bowl or dish and serve.

Pepperoni Scramble

This is a one person dish, although you can make more to serve more people. This is one of my favorite breakfast meals when I have no one else to cook for but me. It is all made in one dish. I use a 6 inch Cast Iron skillet to make it. If you do not like pepperoni then you can substitute for something else.

 

1/4 c. Pepperoni, Skin removed and diced small

2-3 Eggs, Room temperature

2 Tbsp, Milk

Salt and Pepper

1 Tbsp Parsley, Chopped

1 Slice of bread ( your choice) Cubed

2-3 Tbsp Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated

 

(1) Heat the broiler to high heat.

(2) In a small oven safe pan over medium heat add the pepperoni and cook for 3-4 minutes or until slightly browned.

(3) In a small bowl beat the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and parsley together and add the pan. Let cook 1 minute before turning with a rubber spatula. Let set one minute before turning again. Do this until desire consistency is reached.

(4) Top the eggs with the bread and then the cheese evenly. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and golden. Keep an eye on it because it will burn easily. About 3-5 minutes.  serve.

Sausage And Mixed Pepper Subs

This is a very quick and simple dish to make.  It is kid friendly so your children can join in on making and assembling them.  Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 lb Sausage link, Sliced into to 2 inch pieces on diagonal ( I use andouille)

2 Green Bell Peppers , Thinly sliced and  seeded

2 Red Bell peppers, Thinly sliced and seeded

2 Onions, Thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Tsp. Italian Seasoning

2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Pack of sub rolls ( your choice)

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

(1.) In a large skillet over medium heat, Heat the oil and add the sausage. Cook until just browned around the edges. About 5 to 8 minutes. Remove to a bowl or plate. Set aside.

(2.) Add the Onion, both bell peppers, Salt, Pepper, Garlic and the Italian seasoning. Stir to combine. Cook over medium low heat until just tender. About 20 minutes.  Add the sausage back in and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove to a serving platter or bowl.

(3.) Split the rolls and add the sausage/pepper mixture (and desired condiments if you want).   and serve.

This meal is not to heavy and is great for lunch or dinner. The vegetables are not cooked to long and still have a nice crispness to it. The color of the vegetables are still bright and still have a majority of their nutrients which is very good for you. It is not cooked in butter or extra fat that add more calories to it. You get the freshness and taste of the vegetables.

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