Appalachian Corn Bread Recipe
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Appalachian Corn Bread Recipe

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On this westernmost ridge of the Appalachians, we get abundant rain and sunshine, which allows our children to grow a super-sweet corn crop. With staggered plantings, there is enough to eat from mid-July through August, plus plenty to freeze for the long winter. This corn bread is just one way we use some of the bounty!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 229 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 395mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a small saucepan, saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil until tender; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and remaining oil. Stir in corn, cheese, salsa, chives and reserved onion. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined.
  3. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and top is lightly browned. Cut into squares; serve warm. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Appalachian Corn Bread in Country June/July 2006, p49

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amysmess User ID: 7202245 141441
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"When I made this I left the corn out because I used corn salsa, still tasty!"

binkipippi User ID: 7191558 81596
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"I made this cornbread last night. I shared it with my 89 yr. old neighbor. He absolutely loved it. So did my husband, who is very finicky. I'm from the south and love a bit of sugar in the cornbread. This is amazingly tastier than a simple cornbread recipe and will be my "go to" for cornbread!!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 164136
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"This is an interesting corn bread recipe, very different."

tyenella User ID: 4370619 141439
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"Our family loves it. Great taste and a nice kick with the salsa."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1055360 91467
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"Sounds like mexican cornbread. People in the South do not put sugar in their cornbread."

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