Cheddar and Bacon

Cheddar and Bacon

Photo by Juli-Ann S.


  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • ¼

    cup canola oil plus a few teaspoons for the skillet (or use a similar flavorless vegetable oil)

  • 4

    slices bacon, cooked crisp, drained, crumbled, 1 to 2 teaspoons drippings reserved for the skillet

  • cups stone ground cornmeal, about 7½ ounces

  • ½

    cup all-purpose flour, 2¼ ounces

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • ½

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1

    cup (4 ounces) finely shredded Cheddar cheese, mild or sharp

  • 2

    large eggs

  • cups buttermilk, 12 ounces

Directions

Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in the skillet, along with 1 to 2 teaspoons of reserved bacon drippings. Or, use 1 tablespoon of oil and not bacon drippings. Place the skillet in the oven and preheat to 425° F.. In a large bowl, combine the crumbled bacon with the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cheese. Mix to blend; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the 1/4 cup of canola oil with the eggs and buttermilk. Whisk to blend thoroughly. When the oven has come to temperature, carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and place it on a metal rack. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix just until well blended. Pour into the hot skillet and return the skillet to the oven. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until nicely browned and crisp around the edges. Remove to a rack to cool slightly before cutting. Cut into wedges and serve. Serves 8 to 10. *A cast iron skillet will make the best crust, but a 9-inch square baking pan can be substituted.


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