Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Staff Writer
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Jane Bruce

Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

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.

6
Servings
733
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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.

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
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 Cup milk

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
45g
64%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Cholesterol
44mg
15%
Carbohydrate, by difference
70g
54%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin A, RAE
55µg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
228mg
23%
Choline, total
25mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
69µg
17%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
82mg
26%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
400mg
57%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
349mg
23%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
54g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Bacon Shopping Tip

Look for center cut bacon which comes from a leaner part of the belly - you'll get more meat and less fat.

Bacon Cooking Tip

Cook bacon over medium to medium-low heat to prevent it from burning, and occasionally pour off the fat. You can save it for later use as a cooking oil.