Monday, September 27, 2010

Cornbread with Bacon


Every single person in my family asked me today: what smells so good in the kitchen? And I'm sure the cats were thinking it too, even if they kept it to themselves.

What they smelled was me cleaning out the fridge. I had a giant (optimistically, a two-day) pot of soup on the stovetop, with everything in it that needed using up. And then I found one lonely slice of bacon, and made bacon cornbread to go with it.

I fried my little slice in the pan, then took it out to wait. Made up my cornbread batter and poured it in right on top of the bacon grease. Then cut up my bacon and sprinkled it around before baking. Just enough extra fat and salt to make it a good cornbread upgrade.

17 comments:

Lisa said...

You're so imaginative - so resourceful!!

Lisateresa

melissa said...

Oh yum. Am right now going to add cornbread to our supper of stew. Thanks for the inspiration! :-D

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

That cornbread sounds really yummy. We love cornbread made from scratch with yellow cornmeal and spelt flour. Will have to try the addition of just a tad of bacon at some point!

Polly said...

Is this bacon season? In the past two weeks I have 'upgraded' three separate things (two of them baked goods) using either bacon or--GASP!--bacon grease. Use of one mere tablespoon of the latter resulted in the best peach pie my husband ever tasted--according to him. So odd how a bit of that flavor in baked goods can really up the ante. Adding the stray slice to humble cornbread really would elevate it!

Farrah said...

I already had decided upon making soup for dinner. I believe I'll make this as well! Thank you for sharing the idea! Corn bread in a cast iron skillet is the best way to make it.

Carolina Gal said...

Um, yeah....bacon grease makes everything tasty! Being from the south, we fry just about everything in bacon grease. We even have tubs of the stuff on the counters. :o)
Your cornbread looks delicious!

appledapple said...

Looks good! Recently, we were designing our *own* chocolate bars at a company called Chocomize and my teens added BACON as an ingredient for their's. I do believe they'd put it crumbled on top of a hot fudge sundae if I set it out as an option!

Eva Girl said...

One of our favorite meals is Chili and cornbread. Such a great cold weather food! My husband is always sceptical of what's for dinner when he sees the fridge is cleaned out : )

Bev said...

Perfect, making it tonight!

jeana said...

We are having beans and cornbread for dinner tonight, and you betcha bacon is going in the cornbread! Thanks, my hubby will love it!

Margo said...

Sounds great! I saw Martha Stewart do that one time with pancakes too.

Sometimes I vary our cornbread by adding chili powder, a little sauteed onion, and some cheese.

Gilly said...

The cornbread looks and sounds delicious, although living here in England I have never had any. Do you have a receipe for it. Love the blog, I am gradually catching up with the older posts.

Farrah said...

Will you please consider putting a search bar on your blog? I was wanting to get your soup recipes that I remember you posting but don't have the time to go through your cooking section. Thank you!!

Anna said...

Farrah, the little search box in the upper left corner with a blogger icon beside it should allow you to find what you're looking for. Just type in soup!

Autumn Elizabeth said...

Mmm... Sounds good! I'm so glad you're back Anna. I kept coming back, just to see if maybe you had updated.... And then there it was!! Several new posts. :) Welcome back! <3

~Autumn

Farrah said...

I had no idea what that was for, oops! Thanks Anna!

marvelousme said...

Bacon in cornbread?! I've never heard of such a notion! And what a wonderful notion it is!!! In my humble opinion, bacon makes everything better. And if bacon doesn't make it better, one can just substitute chocolate :)

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