A few things Southerners are known for: 1) they make some ridiculously good, but diabetic coma sweet, iced tea; 2) peach cobbler and sweet potato pie are dessert staples; and 3) don't sleep on a plate of buttermilk cornbread, black eyed peas and collard greens...make you want to slap ya grandma.
I am making some skillet cornbread to go along with my bowl of chili tonight. Now if you suffer from high cholesterol, you might just want to look at the photos and skip the recipe. Because this recipe calls for butter in proportions that would win Paula Deen's approval! You need a cast iron skillet for this recipe. You can use white or yellow cornmeal. And if you really want to kick your cornbread up a notch, use a bit of bacon grease instead of butter.
If you don't own a cast iron skillet and feel compelled to run out and buy one, you can typically find them at Target (between $12-$20). You will want to season your cast iron pan before you use it. Seasoning a pan gives it a stick-resistant coating of polymerized fat and oil on the surface, which will prevent it from rusting and foods from sticking to the surface.
How to season your cast iron skillet:
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Coat the pan with lard. Don't use a liquid vegetable oil.
- Place the pan in the oven. In 15 minutes, remove the pan; pour out excess grease.
- Place the pan back in the oven and bake for 2 hours.
- Allow hot cast iron skillets to cool gradually.
- Never immerse a seasoned cast iron skillet in water to clean it.
- To rid the cast iron pan of minor rusting, use a steel wool pad and put it through another round of seasoning.
- Never drop cold water into a hot cast iron skillet or it will split or crack.
Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread
2 c buttermilk, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 stick butter, melted
2 c cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/8 c sugar (or one packet Stevia)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place cast iron skillet inside to heat as you mix the batter.
Combine the buttermilk and eggs. In a medium sized bowl, combine the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Whisk in 6 tbsp of the melted butter.
Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
Add the remaining 2 tbsp butter to the hot skillet, coating the sides and the bottom. Pour the batter into the skillet and place it in the center of the oven. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 20-25 minutes. Remove skillet to wire rack and let cornbread cool for 10-15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack. Cut cornbread into wedges and serve.
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