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Easy Recipe How To Jazz Up Almost-Homemade Cornbread Mix

Updated on June 16, 2011

Cornbread is a crowd pleaser

Dressing Up a Cornbread Mix

Sometimes, you just don't have time to cook.

Or the allure of the ready-made dish or store-bought baking mix is too easy to pass up.

That doesn't mean you can't add your own personal twist to the recipe, do something easy to make it just a little more special, a little more healthy, a little more yummy.

Cornbread is the perfect contender for a yummy food that tastes just fine when you follow the cornbread mix recipe to the letter, but that tastes even better when you jazz up that cornbread with fresh ingredients.

It's easy to make Almost Homemade cornbread:

  • Follow the directions on the box or bag of cornbread.
  • Once you have a batter mixture, stir canned corn kernels into the cornbread mix.
  • If you like spice or color, add chopped jalapeño peppers or even bell peppers to the mix.
  • Don't be afraid to use your imagination here. Like cheese? Add cheddar! Or onions. Or cumin and other southwestern spices.

Voilà. With a simple addition or two, you have dressed up a common grocery store food, making it look, and taste, like homemade.

As for which mix you use, I am partial to Marie Callender's cornbread mix since you only need to add water, but Jiffy's works well, as will any grocery store brand.

I like to serve this "homemade" cornbread with my "homemade" chicken chili.


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      Does one drain the can of corn or not? 3 years ago

      Does one drain the can of corn or not?

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      s.carver 7 years ago from San Francisco

      I will definitely try the turmeric. Great suggestion!

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      Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Great idea. I'd even add some turmeric for a more vibrant yellow color and for added health benefits.

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      s.carver 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks! I think you will enjoy it. I make it with my chicken chili, but it's a classic for ribs, too.

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      Patmar United 7 years ago

      I'll try this recipe when I make my ribs. Looks delicious.