What Do You Eat With Cornbread?

I’m asking you! Tell me what meals you make that just aren’t complete without some cornbread on the side.

This morning my sister informed me that she has a huge box of cornbread mix (probably from Costco) that has been sitting in the cupboard for a while. She requested I make some meals over the next few weeks that go well with cornbread so that we can use it up. I immediately thought about black-eyed peas because that’s one thing that I can’t imagine eating without cornbread. But of course, I like cornbread with all kinds of different bean recipes! And lots of soups, too.

But what I want to know is what the rest of you like to eat with cornbread. Leave a comment and let me know. And while you’re at it, what kind of cornbread do you like to make/eat? Do you like it sweet or not? Do you make it with flour or just straight cornmeal? Do you make it in cast iron or just a cake pan? Do you eat with butter and honey like I do?

Come on, let’s talk cornbread!

Here are some recipes to get you started:

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92 Comments
  1. Mary

    Opps — the name of the dish is Corn Dish Bliss.

    4:48 pm  Nov 23rd, 2007
  2. Jessica

    I really like cornbread with Tortilla soup! yum

    11:05 pm  Nov 26th, 2007
  3. Nancy

    I also like to eat cornbread and buttermilk together. I guess it is a southern thing. I am from East Texas and my late grandmother introduced me to it when I was a kid.

    6:36 am  Jun 24th, 2008
  4. Esther

    I use “Purity” brand cornmeal and the recipe on the back is perfect!
    I fry buttered day old cornbread in the pan and load a fluffy/spicy/cheesy omelet on top – great for brunch.
    And because I’m Canadian, I have to have it warmed up with butter & maple syrup – awesome dessert.

    10:41 am  Jul 10th, 2008
  5. Danielle

    As discovered at Aux Vivres in Montreal, cornbread is at its absolute best served with guacamole!!!!!!!! when the cornbread is warm, a little crusty, with diced peppers and onion baked in……I am in heaven…..just made myself hungry again

    12:26 pm  Aug 14th, 2008
  6. Carolyn Lee

    Today I bought a big bag of the Costco Marie Callendar Cornbread Mix. I have a question: Should it be stored on the shelf or in the refrigerator? It has a one year shelf life?

    6:38 pm  Nov 24th, 2008
  7. Nicole

    Carolyn–I think the cornbread mix is fine stored on a shelf, that’s where my sister keeps hers.

    7:44 pm  Nov 24th, 2008
  8. connie

    we eat corn bread with Spanish rice ,also, goes well with taco salad sloppy Joes,Taco soup,and I to am a jiffy user @ 52.My mom used it to..

    3:53 pm  Dec 30th, 2008
  9. Deidre

    I realize this post is an older one, but I had to mention cornbread dumplings. It is sooooo good and takes the old cornbread and chili and gives it a whole new taste.

    Stir together 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c shredded cheddar, 1/3 c yellow cornmeal, 1 tsp. baking powder, and a dash of pepper. Combine 1 beaten egg, 2 tablespoons milk and 2 tablespoons cooking oil. Add to flower and stir with a fork just till combined.

    Simply drop the mix by tablespoonfuls into simmering chili. Simmer, covered, about 20 min. more or till a toothpick inserted into dumplings comes out clean.

    This makes 4 servings.

    I have done variations on this recipe like adding, chilis to the cornbread mixture or even some corn. They are sooo good!

    10:18 am  Feb 12th, 2009
  10. Jessica

    I eat CB with a vegetarian bean curry recipe I found on allrecipes.com. … delicious!

    6:56 pm  Feb 12th, 2009
  11. Ralph

    My grand parents would eat cornbread in a bowl with buttermilk poured over it. Is there a southern nick name for this snack? No one seems to know. Growing up, I always thought there was a name for it, but cannot seem to find and answer. Thanks in advance….

    5:23 pm  Feb 20th, 2009
  12. Kim

    I find it strange that so many people like corn bread with chili. I was raised to eat fritos and crackers with my chili.
    I like corn bread with beans and with bacon fried rice.
    I also just enjoy it on its own for a snack.

    1:55 pm  Apr 4th, 2009
  13. Amanda

    Cornbread served warm with butter and raspberry jam. Yummy!

    3:53 pm  Apr 28th, 2009
  14. Sarah

    I like cornbread with greens (spinach, swiss chard, etc) and gravy. Homemade white gravy. I think this is a southern thing because it is how My grandma and mom always eat it.

    4:13 pm  May 23rd, 2009
  15. kim

    I came across this looking for something different to do with cornbread…and love the ideas. I use the Jiffy mix, and tried my hand at making up my own recipe. This is what it is: Brown 1 lb of hamburger, in a small bowl mix 2 Tbs of taco seaoning with 1/2 cup of water, and add to hamburg. Then add 1 cup of salsa and 1 cup of cooked corn. Let simmer for about ten mins. Make cornbread mix following box directions. Place hamburger mixture in a breadpan and pour cornbread mix on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 mins. Enjoy.

    12:46 pm  Aug 11th, 2009
  16. gettyleigh

    growing up in PA my Dad and Grandparents, used to make it with chili, ham and beans soup, pancakes, and other stuff, but my favorite was like cereal in a bowl, with regular milk and some sugar sprinkled on top. It’s not half bad with beef stew either. Dont forget the hush puppies . . . they are great with fried fish and just about everything now that i think of it!

    1:43 am  Aug 22nd, 2009
  17. Chuck

    Although we are transplanted Yankees, we do love cornbread in our house, although it’s almost always with homemade vegetable soup. And Mexican cornbread is always the favorite. I make it with yellow cornmeal, eggs, cream style corn from the can, sour cream and lots of shredded pepper-jack cheese (with jalapeneos), and of course the salt, baking soda and Crisco… gets a nice crust, but the inside is so moist and flavorful you really don’t need butter with it.

    9:38 am  Oct 11th, 2009
  18. Kaye Syx-Ramsey

    At my house we use Jiffy. The way we like it is fry up some 2 lbs of sloppy joes and mix a couple boxes of Jiffy,put half of Jifffy in a Bundt pan pushing some of the batter up the side. Next put in sloppy joes and then pour rest of jiffy on top. bake according to package directions. Love all the comments. I am going to try some,especialy the Chili Pie recipe. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    1:59 pm  Dec 13th, 2009
  19. Kayla B

    We always ate cornbread with ham and beans growing up… it’s not ham and beans without cornbread to dip it in. :]

    1:42 pm  Jul 22nd, 2010
  20. Danielle

    When I was a kid my grandma always made us a home-made roast with corn bread! For some reason I have always thought that that was the only way to eat it! With mashed potatoes to dip it in! And Swiss Chard! That was the family favorite! And dont forget the gravy! Mhy grandmas recipe was neither sweet or hot! It made it perfect to combine it with just about anything! Honey to make it sweeter, ham and cheese to make a sandwich out of it, etc.

    1:09 pm  Jul 26th, 2010
  21. Bonnie

    I usually crumble up cornbread in stew. it is the only way to eat stew!!

    11:07 am  Oct 18th, 2010
  22. Vanessa

    mmm… make Johnnycake (as a dessert) and serve it warm with butter and maple syrup (seriously… nothing better!)

    4:17 pm  Jan 10th, 2011
  23. Darrell Bluett

    Beans and cornbread, that’s all we ever have up hurr!

    8:36 pm  Jan 15th, 2011
  24. Samantha

    Wow, I am surprised no one mentioned fried chicken, or chicken and dumplings. I can’t think of fried chicken without corn bread.

    11:45 am  Mar 6th, 2011
  25. Lisa

    Hot crusty cornbread with ice cold buttermilk poured over it!

    5:04 pm  Jun 26th, 2011
  26. ARNOLD VILLALOBOS

    WE EAT CORN BREAD WITH JUST ABOUT ANY MEAL, SOUP,BBQ BEANS,CHICKEN SOUP, CASSEROLES, BUT TONITE IS HOMEMADE TACOS, HOMEMADE SHELLS, RICE, SALAD, AND JALAPENO CORNBREAD………………………………………………………………………CANT WAIT!

    10:50 am  Jul 28th, 2011
  27. vikki

    am just making my first ever cornbread and hope if the kids like it to put it in their lunchboxes tomorrow but unsure what would go with it. jam perhaps?

    5:46 am  Sep 12th, 2011
  28. justme

    Potato soup, vegetable soup. chili….also warm with butter and blackberry jam…and if it is sweet corn bread, in milk!!! Yum!!!

    5:37 pm  Nov 18th, 2011
  29. justme

    Also try this recipe. My husband and step-son love it.
    1 box Jiffy
    2 eggs
    1 can cream style corn
    1 can whole kernal corn
    1 stick butter, melted.

    Mix all together and bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes.
    DELICIOUS!!!

    5:43 pm  Nov 18th, 2011
  30. king

    with every thing

    11:17 am  Feb 6th, 2012
  31. Len Clement Sr.

    All those recipes!!
    It was a WOW moment!!

    4:03 pm  Feb 8th, 2012
  32. Hanna

    I just made a yeast cornbread with garlic and cheddar cheese. It’s rising now and smells amazing already. I’ll be serving it with Chicken Enchalda Soup.

    12:40 pm  Mar 23rd, 2012
  33. george moore

    I found that Crusteaz brand Honey Cornbread is the best. I add a tablespoon or two of pure honey that my aunt sends from Pennsylvania. Pure heaven fresh from the oven paired with tomato cabbage soup. ENJOY!

    5:27 pm  Apr 25th, 2012
  34. JoJo

    I have always loved cornbread in a glass a milk like someone else mentioned. Nothing like taking a bite of the milk soaked cornbread then a small piece of sweet vidalia onion with it. It is amazing! Best way I have found to cook the cornbread is to pre-heat a 12″ cast iron skillet in a 375 degree oven with about 1/4 cup of vege oil in it. While that is heating, mix up your batter…..1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 2 1/2 – 3 cups of yellow corn meal, 2 large eggs, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 whole stick of salted butter melted, 3/4-1 cup of buttermilk. May require a small amount more of buttermilk. After the pan has heated for about 15 minutes, take it out and pour the mix in. The oil will rise up and slightly run over the edges and top. That is perfectly fine, you want that to happen. It makes a beautiful crust that tastes amazing!! Bake for about 40-45 minutes until top is light to medium brown. Let the cornbread cool completely if you intend on trying it in a glass of milk. That way there won’t be any heat and the milk will stay cold. Of course this cornbread has alot of butter but believe me, IT IS WORTH IT FOR THE END PRODUCT!!! Enjoy!!

    2:07 am  Jun 1st, 2012
  35. rebecca

    Wow, ive never made corn bread and the overall consensis is to eat it with Chilli!! LOL its like a combination i didnt really think of ( im from Australia ) so im gonna make me some corn bread and rustle up something chilly oriented LOL i thought corn bread was like a southern fried chicken with salad style accompanyment LOL shows how much i know.. koool cant wait! 😛

    10:41 pm  Oct 15th, 2012
  36. Rosie

    Stumbled on this site when my hubby asked what he should bring to his car clubs Chili cook off with the corn bread besides butter and molasses (we eat it with just butter with the Chili or with both butter and molasses for a dessert or crumble it up in a bowl with butter molasses and milk!) I then remembered some folks like honey. This site is great we are debating the cornbread dumplings

    6:05 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  37. Angela

    Cornbread Pancakes (BREAKFAST)
    I use Jiffy, but mix up your cornbread stuff, instead of adding a little heat or spice to it, add a tablespoon or two of Sugar… Get your skillet out with a dab of veg. oil and heat at a med/hi. Make cornbread just like you would a pankcake, nice round golden with a slight crisp. :) I could eat that by itself all day everyday! I make about 3 per person.

    EXTRAS…
    Sausage and Bacon for your meat, and two sunnyside eggs.

    No need for syrup on your cornbread but if your a sweet eater, you may add a little and it still taste AWESOME!!!!

    Hope you try it out and enjoy!
    I love to cook and talk food, so if you want find me on Facebook.
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    I tend to post pictures of my food thats how much i love to cook. Lol
    And now because of this comment and reading, Ive decided tonights dinner will be changed to this! 😛

    7:21 am  Mar 22nd, 2013
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  39. Holly

    CORNBREAD SALAD !!
    In Texas we eat cornbread in buttermilk for breakfast, cornbread & ribbon cane syrup or sorghum molasses (E.E.Wilson’s out of Henderson Tx is best), make dressing out of cornbread, slice hot cornbread, butter it and drown it in peas & potlicker then top with tomato, onion and fresh peppers, pinto beans & cornbread, homemade vegetable soup & cornbread, beef stew & cornbread and best of all-
    CORNBREAD SALAD !
    Make up 2 packages of Morrison’s cornbread mix (from Denton Tx), it’s slightly sweet
    Layer the following in a large clear glass bowl:
    chopped tomato
    shredded cheddar cheese
    chopped green onion tops
    crumbled cornbread
    ranch salad dressing
    continue to layer up to the top of the bowl
    and feel free to add bell pepper or black olives, spinach, cilantro, a can of pinto or black beans (rinsed & drained), diced cucumbers & purple onion, whole kernel corn drained or anything else you like in a salad
    Finish off the top with shredded cheese and just before serving, toss to mix

    6:33 pm  Feb 6th, 2014
  40. afwife719

    We eat our cornbread with chilli, pinto beans and ham, taco soup, as a snack/breakfast just as muffins and I also bake it on top of tamale pie, it’s a bit spicy but the sweet cornbread tones it down. Love all the suggestions, was looking for something different tonight and got tons of ideas!

    2:06 pm  Apr 3rd, 2014
  41. joni

    i always have soup with it like any kind of soup its so good!!

    4:02 pm  Feb 26th, 2015
  42. Mike from Ala.

    I love white cornbread with sweetness to taste. Take a jar of suarkrat and cut up raw hot dogs pour in a pot together. Pour off some of the juice and pour in a beer. Cook on stove eye til it’s done to u r taste! Of course make cornbread with buttermilk. They sell already seasoned cast iron skillets now! Take a bite of hotdogs and suarkrat, bite of cornbread, then a big swallow of milk! I am addicted! Sometimes I eat 2 plates a day! YUM YUM ! I use only cornmeal ,no Mr jiffy!

    9:43 am  Apr 6th, 2015
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