Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cheddar Broccoli CornBread - 52 "Old School" Recipes

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Don't let the Broccoli in the title scare you, this is the BEST Cornbread recipe you will ever eat.  The recipe is indeed Old School classic from North Carolina.  Probably no Southern PotLuck in the last 50 years has been without at least one pan of this.

For me, the nostalgia factor for this dish is almost overwhelming.  Thinking of all those Church Basement wedding reception PotLucks... Even Funerals.  This was one of those always made dishes.

The secret as every Southern Belle Or want to be Southern Belle knows is the Cottage Cheese in the recipe. Makes the usually dry Corn Bread sweet and creamy instead.  The usual strong taste of the Broccoli is muted and sweetened by all the other ingredients.  Unless you told, no one would recognize the flavor.

It's Old School... A Classic and deserves a place in your recipe box and table!  Enjoy!!!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Cheddar Broccoli CornBread

  • 2 TBS Butter, Melted
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 (10 Ounce) Package Frozen Chopped Broccoli, Frozen
  • 2 (8.5 Ounce) Boxes Corn Muffin Mix (Jiffy if you want authentic)
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup (8 Ounces) Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 4 Large Eggs, slightly whipped
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Cup Plus 2 TBS Fresh Grated Cheddar Cheese
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees, Prepare a Large 11X17 Baking Dish (non-Stick Spray). You can also make this in a Cast Iron Skillet (Great Presentation) or individual Oven Safe Ramekins.
  2. In a Large Heavy Bottomed Skillet, Melt the Butter and add the Diced Onion and Thawed Chopped Broccoli. Saute for about 5 minutes until the Onion softens and turns translucent. Add the Garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients (except a bit of the Cheddar Cheese reserved for garnish) in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the Onion Broccoli mix.
  4. Transfer to the baking dish of choice. Bake until center is set and edges just start to brown, about 30 minutes. Garnish with the remaining cheddar cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes for the cheese to melt.
  5. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing or serve room temperature and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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