I was watching the food network the day after Thanksgiving and every episode of everything was about leftovers and what to do with them. I, personally, just eat them. Whats wrong with eating dressing and mashed potatoes two, or even three, days in a row? It still tastes amazing (thanks mom).
Anyway, food network viewers were writing and videoing in asking for ideas about how to transform their thanksgiving leftovers into something unique and different. As you all may know by now, I am a carb fan. I am not afraid of carbs and no one should be, but what I saw Sunny Anderson do on the foodnetwork on Black Friday hurt even my carb-loving tummy. Deep fried stuffing balls with cranberry dipping sauce.
So what she does is form the stuffing into balls, then coat them in more bread and then deep fry them. Too much, Sunny! Paula Deen could get away with that maybe, but not you!
A healthier idea that Bobby Flay had for using up leftovers was turkey chili. He even threw in some leftover steamed veggies and it seemed to come together pretty well. I don’t eat meat, so instead I make a pretty mean veggie crock pot chili.
It has black beans, pinto beans, bell peppers, chipotles in adobo, onion, sweet potatoes, corn… And it only gets better with cornbread.
I have made gallons upon gallons of veggie chili in the past three years (since I owned a crock pot), and I have tried just as many corn bread recipes. This past summer I finally nailed down my own cornbread recipe. It is made for add ins; jalapenos, cheese, sun dried tomatoes, chives, fresh corn, even honey, whatever you want to add, it can take it!
If you hate shortening, you can try to replace it with something…? But I want to try to convince you to get over it, a little veggie shortening goes a long way in making fluffy, delicious cornbread.
Oh Dear Bakery Cornbread
1 cup flour
1 cup medium to coarse ground cornmeal
3 Tbsp sugar or honey
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk (or milk alternative)
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup whatever add ins you want, I chose pepperjack cheese this time
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan.
This is one of those recipes where you just combine your dry ingredients then your wet ingredients…
Then stir them all together until incorporated and add in whatever you like, dont worry about having a super smooth batter.
Put the batter in your prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
Dip it in something delicous, eat it by itself, just don’t give it to a kitten…