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.
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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.)
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.)