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Broccoli & Onion Cornbread

I was cleaning out  the freezer I found a bag of frozen broccoli from last year’s garden crop. It got pushed in the back and I completely forgot about it.  Now, what to do with it?   I wanted to try something new, something different.  It gets old making the same dish over and over and I hate wasting food. I had to make something with it. I remembered I saw something with broccoli in the Food Network Magazine I had just bought few days before.

Cornbread recipe I found in the magazine looked really good, as I found out it  can be altered in different ways, adding carrots, tomatoes, corn, bacon, dry fruits, scallions, kale, peppers, sausage, nuts, zucchini, pickled peppers. Combinations are endless , really.

Cornbread base is  the same but you can switch up the mix-ins as you like. I love pairing broccoli with onion so I decided to try it. I also added little bit of nutmeg. Broccoli and nutmeg really pair well together. You should try it next time, or prepare my Broccoli Nutmeg .
Broccoli Onion Cornbread
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2tbl granulated sugar
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
1/4tsp kosher salt
1/8tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1egg
1cup milk
1cup low fat or fat free Greek Yogurt like Chobani
2tbl melted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion, sauteed in 1tsp olive oil until lightly golden brown, cooled to room temperature
1 cup broccoli florets, steamed until fork tender, roughly chopped and cooled to room temperature
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Grease 9 inch square pan, line the pan with parchment paper for easier release, leaving some loose parchment hanging over the sides,  set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, fresh ground pepper, nutmeg, set aside.
  • In a bowl whisk together egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter, set aside.
  • Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined.
  • Stir in sautéed onion, broccoli and cheese.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until edges are lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  • Loosen the edges with a knife,  and slice.
  • These can be made ahead, and stored in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Cornbread counts as great picnic food, you can make it ahead of time, it tastes great and travels well. You can pack it into  Take Out Containers
and bring it with you to your next picnic party, or share it with friends and neighbors. You’ll be surprised how many will reach for the seconds.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi ! my name is Teresa and your Kolache recipe looks like the way my grandma would make them, I had purchased some Farmers Cheese from Whole Foods and it was a 16oz. container for 5.99 or 4.99 but I got it for the holidays but couldn’t find a recipe for the dough like my grandma and your strudel dough looks like hers and I would help when I was a young girl and she would roll out the dough and then stretch it out on the cotton table cloth and then she would fill with with grated apples I would slice for her , raisins , the bread crumbs cinnamon mixed with sugar, to make a brown sugar and sprinkle that over the apples and then roll it up and it put it on a baking sheet , it looked like a large snake and she would curve it around to put another one the pan. She would make the cheese strudel too and use golden raisins on that one, they were both a family favorite every Thanksgiving and Christmas, sometimes a neighbor who had a apple tree would call and ask if my grandpa would come over and pick apples that had fallen down , he would have a bushel of them and she would make a strudel in the fall and give it to Mrs. Herman for giving us the apples, I’m so glad , that I stayed by her side and she taught me how to cook and bake ! I miss those days and you look like my mom with your smile and eyes , I never seen your web site and glad I did ! Have a wonderful day and a Happy Healthy 2021 !

    1. Hello Teresa,
      have you tried making your own farmer’s cheese? It’s really easy to make from whole milk. Your grandmother sounds like mine. I also have so many wonderful memories of her baking and cooking for us. I also remember cheese strudel with raisins. Happy New Year!

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