Watch Cooking Channel

Cheesy Parmesan Spoon Bread

One of the things I love most about Southern food is that it draws flavor inspiration from cultures all around the world, yet still maintains a unique identity of its own. It truly is a melting pot of tastes—hot, sticky, spicy and sweet—all boxed up in one.

Take spoon bread for example, a quintessential down-home dish. Its name may not turn any heads (or open any mouths), but one bite is enough to convert even the biggest of skeptics. Spoon bread, in fact, has a pretty distinguished pedigree if you ask me. It’s part French soufflé, part English Yorkshire pudding, but once you add the cornmeal, it’s all Southern.

If you still can’t wrap your head around this old-fashioned recipe, just imagine a rich, custardy version of cornbread worthy of scooping up with a spoon. Or better yet, picture the lightest, fluffiest grits casserole you’ve ever had. I mean, what’s not to like?

There are a number of different cooking techniques floating around, some more complex than others, but after sampling more than a few, I kept coming back to this one. Spoon bread really is an example of Southern food at its finest—simple yet satisfying to the soul. It comes together with nothing fancy, just a few pantry ingredients all cooks have on hand. I did, however, throw in a handful of fresh Parmesan for good measure. Non-traditional, yes, but I don’t think I’ll hear too many complaints.

This cheesy (and easy) side dish would make the perfect addition to any Christmas dinner, no matter where in this world you live. I can’t think of anything better to go with my family’s roasted beef tenderloin, but I’m pretty sure it would taste just as good with a platter of piping hot fried chicken, too. Either way you serve it, count me in!

Parmesan Spoon Bread
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
Yields: 6-8

1 cup fine stone-ground yellow cornmeal*
1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free if possible)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a medium, round casserole dish.

In a heavy saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a gentle boil over medium heat. Slowly stir in the cornmeal. Continue to whisk vigorously (to prevent the cornmeal from clumping) until the mixture has thickened, about 2 – 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter, Parmesan cheese and salt. (If the mixture is very hot, allow to cool off for a few minutes.)

Whisk the beaten eggs and baking powder into the cornmeal mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until completely blended and smooth, 2-3 minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake until puffed and golden, about 35 minutes. Serve with lots of butter. (The spoon bread will collapse quickly as with most soufflés, but will still taste perfectly delicious.)

*If you can’t find finely-ground cornmeal, process regular cornmeal in a blender for a few minutes until desired texture is reached. The finer grain yields a smoother spoon bread.

Nealey moved from Alabama to the West Coast to follow her dreams, only to realize once there how much she missed good ol’ country cooking.  So she took to the kitchen and began re-creating the dishes of her past, but this time without any help from a can. What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession, so she quit her day job to pursue cooking, and eating, fulltime. Dixie Caviar is where you can follow her pursuits of all things Southern.

Tags:

Comments (1533)

  1. male health posted 11/12/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool topic…

  2. continued posted 11/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some internet sites that we think you should visit[...]…

  3. dragon city hack download posted 11/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]we like to honor numerous other web web sites around the internet, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  4. Logo Design in Bolton posted 11/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors a short while ago suggested the following website[...]…

  5. my website posted 11/13/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    You’re the one doing a great job…

  6. j1 visa for australians posted 11/13/2013

    j1 visa for australians…

    [...]we came across a cool web page that you just could possibly delight in. Take a look should you want[...]…

  7. wow power levleing posted 11/14/2013

    tera gold…

    Buy WoW Gold cheap at TERS4SALE.Get The Best Deals On Tera Gold,Rift Gold,WoW Gold From The Largest MMORPG Virtual Trading Network,We Offer You The Best Gold…

  8. gay realtors fort lauderdale posted 11/14/2013

    gay realtors fort lauderdale…

    [...]one of our visitors not long ago recommended the following website[...]…

  9. Margie posted 11/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]The data mentioned inside the write-up are several of the most effective readily available [...]…

  10. how long do girls last in bed posted 11/17/2013

    extindere frekuensi…

    strategyand himand abbine griemes evangelical sphinn earthquakes….

  11. career posted 11/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our guests a short while ago recommended the following website[...]…

  12. b2c marketing posted 11/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]please stop by the web sites we follow, which includes this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]…

  13. Bettyann Czysz posted 11/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]The data talked about in the write-up are some of the most effective obtainable [...]…

  14. Kim Kardashian site posted 11/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  15. muscle building exercises posted 11/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link appreciate from[...]…

  16. tube cash code review posted 11/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors recently advised the following website[...]…

  17. Title…

    [...]please stop by the websites we adhere to, including this a single, as it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  18. capture his heart book posted 11/21/2013

    Title…

    [...]that would be the end of this post. Here you’ll come across some internet sites that we think you will enjoy, just click the links over[...]…

  19. how does adwords work posted 11/21/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a significant fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but do not get a whole lot of link love from[...]…

  20. Travel posted 11/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every after inside a whilst we pick out blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the newest web-sites that we choose [...]…

  21. surin islands posted 11/23/2013

    surin islands…

    [...]we came across a cool internet site that you just could love. Take a search for those who want[...]…

  22. Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  23. tag remover posted 11/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to websites that we link to mainly because we consider they are really worth visiting[...]…

  24. Boise residential electricians posted 11/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to internet sites that we link to since we assume they’re worth visiting[...]…

  25. hcg ez drops diet posted 11/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor a lot of other world-wide-web websites around the net, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages really worth checking out[...]…

  26. tera gold…

    Buy WoW Gold cheap at TERS4SALE.Get The Best Deals On Tera Gold,Rift Gold,WoW Gold From The Largest MMORPG Virtual Trading Network,We Offer You The Best Gold…

  27. Title…

    [...]that could be the finish of this post. Here you will obtain some sites that we believe you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]…

  28. wholikesmoney.com posted 11/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are a number of the web-sites we advise for our visitors[...]…

  29. christmas recipes posted 11/30/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are various absolutely not associated sites to ours, even so, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  30. seduction posted 11/30/2013

    seduction…

    [...]please stop by the web sites we stick to, including this 1, as it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  31. evden eve nakliyat posted 11/30/2013

    Looking around…

    I like to surf around the online world, often I will just go to Digg and read and check stuff out…

  32. internet service providers posted 12/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are several of the web sites we advise for our visitors[...]…

  33. ncdex tips posted 12/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]check below, are some absolutely unrelated websites to ours, nonetheless, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  34. mia gold pics posted 12/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you’ll come across the link to some sites that we believe you must visit[...]…

  35. SWTOR power leveling posted 12/02/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    we can provide that power leveling faster and safe ,welcome to place order on our website…

  36. jnl clothing posted 12/03/2013

    Title…

    [...]The information talked about within the write-up are some of the most beneficial readily available [...]…

  37. similan liveaboards posted 12/04/2013

    similan liveaboards…

    [...]Here are a number of the web pages we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  38. Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  39. Homeowners insurance claims posted 12/06/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are a number of the sites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  40. Cheap home owners insuring posted 12/06/2013

    Title…

    [...]that is the finish of this write-up. Here you’ll uncover some websites that we believe you will enjoy, just click the links over[...]…

  41. direct lender loans online posted 12/06/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every once in a whilst we pick blogs that we study. Listed below are the most current web sites that we decide on [...]…

  42. power leveling sûr et or…

    Je me sens extrêmement vraiment chance rencontre l’ site web et j’ai hâte de tonnes d’ plus moments fois à lire ici…

  43. khao lak dive center posted 12/06/2013

    khao lak dive center…

    [...]Every when inside a whilst we choose blogs that we study. Listed beneath are the most recent web-sites that we choose [...]…

  44. click here posted 12/07/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are several of the web-sites we advocate for our visitors[...]…

  45. miami beach condos posted 12/08/2013

    miami beach condos…

    [...]usually posts some very fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  46. Affordable car insure posted 12/09/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I appreciate but do not get a good deal of link enjoy from[...]…

  47. Chip posted 12/09/2013

    Chip…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  48. Title…

    [...]please check out the sites we comply with, such as this one particular, as it represents our picks through the web[...]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c