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:

535 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:

27%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 30g 46%
  • Carbs 51g 17%
  • Saturated 13g 66%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Monounsaturated 11g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 15g 29%
  • Cholesterol 122mg 41%
  • Sodium 482mg 20%
  • Calcium 250mg 25%
  • Magnesium 30mg 7%
  • Potassium 241mg 7%
  • Iron 3mg 16%
  • Zinc 2mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 379mg 54%
  • Vitamin A 148µg 16%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 29%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 26%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 11%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 114µg 29%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 11%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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