Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Jane Bruce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pound  bacon
  • 4 Tablespoons  butter or bacon drippings
  • 1/2 Cup  diced Kerrygold reserve or other sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cup  cornmeal, freshly milled
  • 1/2 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/4 Cup  granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • 1 1/4 Cup  milk

Cornbread is a Southern staple, but by adding bacon and Cheddar, it is sure to please any crowd.

The secret to any good cornbread is fresh cornmeal. You can easily add store-bought cornmeal to this recipe, but the flavor is enhanced dramatically by cornmeal that is fresh and contains no preservatives. Cornmeal retains freshness just like a regular ear of corn, so the longer it's been on the shelf, the less your cornbread will have that distinct flavor. Try a local organic grocer, or for the best quality, try a place like Anson Mills that mills their corn and ships it the same day.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375. Cook the bacon in a skillet until thoroughly cooked. Let cool and drain on a paper towel and then dice into pieces. Reserve the bacon drippings or melt the butter instead. 

Spread the fat of your choice across an 8-inch round pan. Place the pan in the oven to heat up.

Combine the diced Cheddar and the dry ingredients together in one bowl. In another, add the milk and eggs. Beat the eggs into the milk and then add the liquids to the dry ingredients. Fold together, being careful not to overmix.

Remove the pan from the oven, add the mixture, and then place back in the oven. Let cook for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Serve immediately so that the cheese remains melted.

Notes

This cornbread can be made in advance but it should be reheated a bit before serving, otherwise the cheese will not maintain the same consistency. 

For vegetarians, you can also follow this recipe exactly, just omitting the bacon.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

579 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

29%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 202g 310%
  • Carbs 307g 102%
  • Saturated 92g 462%
  • Fiber 11g 44%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 72g
  • Protein 104g 208%
  • Cholesterol 799mg 266%
  • Sodium 3,311mg 138%
  • Calcium 1,944mg 194%
  • Magnesium 196mg 49%
  • Potassium 1,499mg 43%
  • Iron 17mg 96%
  • Zinc 11mg 76%
  • Phosphorus 2,585mg 369%
  • Vitamin A 4,255IU 85%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 175%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 172%
  • Niacin (B3) 25mg 125%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 70%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 702µg 176%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 76%
  • Vitamin D 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 25%
  • Vitamin K 9µg 11%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 69g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 23g
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