Parmesan Spoon Bread

Spoonbread really is an example of Southern food at its finest-simple yet satisfying to the soul. This recipe comes together with just a few pantry ingredients all cooks have on hand. I did, however, throw in a handful of fresh Parmesan for good measure. Non-traditional, yes, but I don't think I'll hear too many complaints. This cheesy (and easy) side dish would make the perfect addition to any dinner menu.

Recipe courtesy Nealey Dozier
TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 40 min
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole or 2-percent milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup fine stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free if possible)
  • Cook's Note: If you can't find finely-ground cornmeal, process regular cornmeal in a blender for a few minutes until desired texture is reached. The finer grain yields a smoother spoon bread.
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a medium, round casserole dish.

In a heavy saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a gentle boil over medium heat. Slowly stir in the cornmeal. Continue to whisk vigorously (to prevent the cornmeal from clumping) until the mixture has thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter, Parmesan and salt. (If the mixture is very hot, allow to cool off for a few minutes.)

Whisk the beaten eggs and baking powder into the cornmeal mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until completely blended and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake until puffed and golden, about 35 minutes. Serve with lots of butter. (The spoon bread will collapse quickly as with most souffles, but will still taste perfectly delicious.)

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