Smoked Sausage Cornbread

This classic cornbread base gets flavor from pan drippings as well as chopped sausage baked right into it. Crumble some into a bowl of braised greens, and dinner is served.

Smoked Sausage Cornbread
 
Yields: 1 (10-inch) Loaf
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1½ cups chopped smoked sausage
  • 2¼ cups plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⅔ cups whole buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; reduce heat to medium, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage using a slotted spoon, and let drain on paper towels. Place skillet with drippings in oven until very hot, about 6 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Make a well in center of cornmeal mixture; add buttermilk mixture, stirring just until combined. Reserve ⅓ cup sausage. Stir remaining sausage into batter. Carefully remove hot skillet from oven; add batter, smoothing top. Sprinkle with reserved ⅓ cup sausage.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool in skillet for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

 

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