8 Spoon Bread Recipes That Turn Corn Into Comfort

Fresh Corn Spoon Bread with a slice cut out
Photo: Rachel Ford

Spoon bread is comfort food perfection — it's irresistibly soft, moist, and carbohydrate-laden enough to elicit a nice warm nap. It stands at a crossroads between cornbread and casserole: soft yet gritty, subliminally salty and sweet. Best known a Southern side (and possibly Native American in origin), spoon bread is gaining popularity at holiday feasts. These spoon bread recipes will be equally appreciated with a bowl of chili on a cold day or on a holiday table spread.

01 of 09

Cheesy Mexican Spoon Bread

closeup of squares of green chile corn spoonbread stacked on a plate
Nelly P

Green chiles give this spoon bread a drop of heat, while shredded Monterey Jack cheese adds a serious dose of savory flavor. The cornmeal base provides a toothsome texture that can stand up to heavier accompaniments, like chili.

02 of 09

Olde Tavern Spoon Bread

Olde Tavern Spoon Bread
Alison Coons

This spoon bread starts with a cornmeal mush, which provides a firmer texture and more prominent corn flavor — if you're not a fan of eggy spoon bread, then this is a recipe you need to try. Serve as-is with a generous pat of butter, or add mix-ins like diced veggies and bacon bits.

03 of 09

Traditional Appalachian Spoon Bread

Traditional Appalachian Spoon Bread
Sue McGowan Lewis

This creamy and comforting recipe was passed down by creator GagesMom2's grandfather, and it does not disappoint. With only a tablespoon of white sugar, it's not too sweet and pairs well with hearty winter soups or meats — however, you can also play up those sweeter notes by spreading a little jam on top.

04 of 09

Cheese Corn Spoon Bread

Cheese Corn Spoon Bread
barbara

"The texture and the flavor was PERFECT (be sure not to overbake this)," says community member AlaskaWild71. "If you use the Jiffy corn bread mix which already had sugar in it, don't add more sugar! The creamed corn will add additional sweetness and if you add more sugar it will taste like a dessert bread instead of a savory one."

05 of 09

Kentucky Spoon Bread

Kentucky Spoon Bread
thedailygourmet

Thanks to a few prime ingredients, this spoon bread recipe takes on an extra-comforting, almost luxurious feel. Adding some whipping cream enhances the moisture, while incorporating corn kernels (this is a corn dish, after all) provides a natural sweetness that doesn't go over-the-top.

06 of 09

Cheese Mexican Corn Spoon Bread

Cheese Mexican Corn Spoon Bread
Cheese Mexican Corn Spoon Breadaad

This spoon bread recipe feels more like a casserole because it loads in a lot of flavor and texture from ingredients like two types of corn, sharp Cheddar cheese, ground beef, and chopped green chiles. Serve as-is, or pair it with a hearty dish like chili.

07 of 09

Vegetable Spoon Bread

Vegetable Spoon Bread
Melissa Gof

This veggied-up spoon bread just might be the dish that gets you to like spinach. The spoon bread's sweetness and moisture is reminiscent of a dessert, making it an ideal vessel for sneaking vegetables into a meal. This recipe also works with canned spinach if you don't have frozen spinach on hand.

08 of 09

Fresh Corn Spoon Bread

Fresh Corn Spoon Bread
Photo by Rachel Ford.

If you're new to making spoon bread, this custardy recipe is a good place to start. Once you've mastered the recipe, use it as a base for more creative or personal spoon breads. For a more traditional spoon bread, ditch the onions.

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