Traditional Appalachian Spoon Bread

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Creamy and comforting side dish that goes well with a hearty beef stew or winter-time soup. My grandfather made this and shared his recipe with me. Dish out with a spoon and serve with plenty of real butter. Enjoy!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups milk

  • 1 cup white cornmeal

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 large eggs, separated

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 pinch salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an oven-proof cast iron Dutch oven or a deep baking dish.

  2. Heat milk and cornmeal in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove cornmeal mixture from heat and stir in butter and 1 teaspoon salt until well combined.

  3. Beat egg yolks, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar together in a bowl until smooth; stir into cornmeal mixture.

  4. Beat egg whites, 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1 pinch salt together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites will form soft mounds rather than a sharp peak. Gently fold egg white mixture into cornmeal mixture until well mixed and fluffy; pour into prepared Dutch oven.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown with a moist center, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

Spoon bread is best baked in a cast iron Dutch oven to ensure even temperature and maximum rise, however you can use any deep baking dish. Be sure to grease the dish for easier clean up! Recipe can be doubled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
10g Fat
23g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 515mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 324mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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