25 Secrets Every Southern Cook Should Know

3. For crispy cornbread, heat oil or bacon fat in a cast-iron skillet in a hot oven until it shimmers and begins to smoke, about 8 minutes. Add the batter to the hot oil in the skillet, and whatever you do, don’t stir. If you don’t hear a sizzle when the batter hits the pan, your skillet’s not hot enough.

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