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mexican cornbread casserole
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Judy



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks emily and woodstocker. I might have to buy some polenta/cornmeal so I can try this recipe. And other cornbread recipes.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polenta and grits are just both coarse ground corn meal. As I mentioned in my recipe (see Gingerpale's first link) I like to mix coarse and medium ground corn meal for my corn bread. The coarse ground provides just a hint of C-R-R-UNCH to the cornbread. Medium ground only makes the crumb a little wimpy for me. And I find using coarse ground only causes the bread to kind of fall apart.

This IS my grandmother's recipe. Laughing My SOUTHERN grandmother! It may actually be my GREAT grandmother's recipe!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping you'd pop in for this corn discussion, Donna! Here again is the link for your cornbread recipe--
http://chocolateandzucchini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=792&highlight=cornbread

I would like to know, though, do you (or your gramma!) cook certain beans to serve with this? I don't know what kind of beans are "right", or traditional--but I remember liking them, juice sopped up with the c-bread. (Lived in Clarksville, Tennesee for 2 years, long ago--my Dad a Naval officer working with the military in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.)

I was very surprised that cornmeal is not known everywhere--I would have guessed it to be common, like rice or potatoes.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my family, the preferred accompaniement to cornbread is black-eyed peas - cooked with a hambone or smoked ham hocks. I often chop up leftover ham and toss it in my black-eyed peas. I have made vegetarian black eyed peas, but really I prefer them cooked with pork!

The southern tradition is to have black eyed peas for good luck on New Year's Eve. That should be the first thing you eat after midnight. So I make a big pot of peas and a pan of cornbread during the day and, we may only have a little dab at midniight - but we definitely have some before we go to bed! And I guess, all things considered, I've been pretty lucky in my life - so it must work! Cool

I'm not actually a big bread eater, but I would drop EVERYTHING for cornbread right out of the oven! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cornbread with black-eyed peas is a classic combination. Here in Texas, (and possibly elsewhere, I am not sure) a traditional favorite combo is pinto beans and cornbread. It is a peasant offering, but oh-so-wonderful when the beans are cooked with the right ingredients. My born-up-north husband looked askance when we were first married, but is now a fan.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My South Carolina Godmother makes pinto beans - a big ol' pot - every week and they have beans and rice with nearly every meal! And sometimes cornbread...but lately she'd rather have a crispy baguette - so there's the cross cultural aspect! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We ate the Mexican Cornbread Casserole for dinner last night and it was a huge hit! Easy, delicious, fed a small army - the perfect recipe!

Thanks again, pumpkingirl.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judy, did you use polenta on its own for the cornbread or did you find some finer ground cornmeal somewhere? I'd be interested to know where you found it
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emily, I just used fine polenta and it worked well
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