What Goes With Cornbread? Food Options To Go With This Craving
Cornbread is one of those foods that I just can’t get out of my head when I’m craving it. Once the thought is in my mind, you can bet that I’ll be making cornbread as soon as possible and having a feast.
But often, I’m craving cornbread, and I just don’t know what to eat with it! At times like that, I’ve turned to the internet to figure out what I should serve with cornbread.
Here’s what I’ve come up with over the years. Let’s see what you think of my ideas on what goes with cornbread!
Cuban Black Bean Soup
The best things to pair with cornbread are hearty meals with some type of sauce, stew, or liquid that you can slop the cornbread into. After all, cornbread takes best when it’s saturated with a tasty soup or stew!
One of my favorites to pair with it is Cuban Black Bean Soup.
This type of soup pulls together black beans, green peppers, shallot, cumin, bay leaves, avocados, and more for a lovely and filling soup. The flavors are bold, but they are not too bold. With the cornbread and soup melded together, you’ll be super satisfied.
Savory Cornbread Pudding
Instead of trying to find something that goes with cornbread, why not make cornbread the star of your dinner? If you’re craving it, that’s the obvious choice.
Try making a savory cornbread bread pudding out of some simple ingredients.
Here’s all you’ll need:
- A little custard
- Some caramelized onions
- Some cheese
Use these items to make a bread pudding, and you’ll have a delicious, savory dinner with cornbread as the star!
Another choice is to make the cornbread a side dish for your next meal. Whether you want to have turkey, chicken, steak, or something else for dinner, you can enjoy a delicious cornbread stuffing with it!
Cornbread stuffing is very easy to make. Here’s what you need:
- 7 slices oven-dried white bread
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups celery, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 7 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
Combine the cornbread, white bread, and saltines into a bowl and set them aside. In a large skillet, melt the butter and then cook the celery and onion until transparent. Add the veggie mixture to the cornbread mixture. Mix in the stock, salt, pepper, and eggs. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Sloppy Joe Cups!
I’ve found that sloppy joe tastes so delicious with cornbread! Something about the richness of corn with the strong flavors of sloppy joe go so well together that you cannot resist it.
You can just eat sloppy joes with your cornbread as bread, but instead of that, why not try making some sloppy joe cups like these?
First, make some cornbread muffins using your favorite cornbread muffin. Then, use a spoon to take out a tiny bit of the top of the muffins. Insert some sloppy joe mixture into this hole. Sprinkle the top of the muffins with some cheese, stick in the broiler to melt, and then dig in!
With these sloppy joe cups, you’ll have a delicious taste of both cornbread and sloppy joe.
One of the reasons that cornbread tastes so great with flavorful foods like chili and sloppy joe is the type of seasons that go into them. Spicy foods taste great with the mild flavors of cornbread.
Another great way to blend this flavor profile is to make a taco casserole with cornbread as the base.
First, break up the cornbread into chunks. Put it into the bottom of a casserole dish as the first layer. Then, layer it up with your favorite type of taco meat! I like to use seasoned ground beef, but you can also use chicken, meat substitute, or any other meat.
Layer this with salsa, corn, and top the whole thing off with a blend of spicy Mexican cheeses. Everything should already be cooked whenever you assemble, but I like to put it in a low heat oven for a little bit of time to melt the cheese on top.
Prepare A Simple Dessert
If you have any sweet cornbread, all you need is milk for a delicious dessert. Cut up the cornbread, put it into a ramekin, and then pour some milk on top. Microwave this until the milk is warm, and then dig in!
When I first saw my relatives do this, I was shocked. But after trying it, I realized just how delicious it was. If you have leftover sweet cornbread, this is the perfect way to enjoy it!
Chili: An Obvious Choice
I’ve saved this combination for last because it’s the most obvious! When I think of chili, I think of cornbread; and vice versa. Chili is a natural companion to cornbread, so if you really don’t know what to pair with cornbread, go with chili.
If you want to mix up the obvious, try making a cornbread and chili pie like this one:
This dish will still capture the flavors of cornbread and chili, but it will be a more unique take on this usual pairing.
Dig Into That Cornbread!
Now that you know what goes with cornbread, you can satisfy your craving for this hearty treat in no time at all. Simply choose which food (or foods) appeal to you most, and whip them up to accompany your cornbread!
Do you have a favorite food to enjoy with cornbread? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for more foods to enjoy along with cornbread. After all, it is one of my favorite foods!