May 21, 2014

What is Kentucky Cooking?

To be a good Kentucky cook, there are a few things you must know how make...and maybe the top item is cornbread. (at least it is a favorite in my house.) You must have good corn meal and a cast iron skillet.
The basics…You need to have a seasoned cast iron skilletMine are Lodge brand, but there are probably other good ones out there too. 

Always clean your iron skillet with care. No dishwasher, and no strong detergents because the seasoning will be stripped off. Be sure to wipe your skillet with oil after you wash and dry, otherwise it will begin to rust. 
You can cook about anything in a cast iron skillet, but I use mine for baking crispy corn bread. There are several recipes for you should try a few to see which one is your favorite. I prefer what is called Southern cornbread.
I use Martha White self rising cornmeal, and put a little extra oil (maybe two tablespoons) in the skillet and heat the skillet and oil in the oven during the preheating. 

I can get a very crispy brown bottom on my cornbread by pouring the batter into that smoking hot cast iron skillet. Beware....Watch carefully when using can flame up if you walk away. Don't do that!
Martha White Country-Style Cornbread
Prep Time: 10 min   Cook Time: 22 min  Yield: 8 servings
Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
2 cups Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix
OR 2 cups Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched Yellow Corn Meal Mix
1. HEAT oven to 450°F. Coat 8-inch ovenproof skillet or 8-inch square baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Place skillet in oven to heat 7 to 8 minutes or until hot.
2. STIR buttermilk, oil and corn meal in medium bowl until smooth. Batter should be creamy and pourable. If too think, add 1 or 2 tablespoons more buttermilk. Pour into prepared skillet or pan.
3. BAKE 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
TIP For muffins or cornsticks, coat muffin cups or cornstick pan with no-stick cooking spray. Place cornstick pan in oven 7 to 8 minutes or until hot. Fill cups 2/3 full. Bake at 450°F 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins or 16 cornsticks.
My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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