Balkan-Style Savory Cornbread


Savory, salty, and tangy, this cornbread is great for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. The recipe is a mashup of Bulgarian banitsa and Bosnian razljevak. Serve warm, topped with plain yogurt or eat it by its lonesome self. If you love sweet cornbread, this probably isn't your cup of tea.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9x13-inch baking pan


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal for dusting

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup semolina flour

  • ½ cup cornmeal

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach

  • 3 cups buttermilk

  • 1 cup brine-packed feta cheese, crumbled

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter 9x13-inch baking pan; sprinkle 2 tablespoons cornmeal on bottom.

  2. Sift all-purpose flour, semolina flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Whisk spinach, buttermilk, feta cheese, eggs, and vegetable oil together in a separate large bowl. Stir flour mixture into spinach mixture just until pourable batter forms. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute 1 cup of plain yogurt for 1 cup buttermilk for a denser, tangier cornbread.

Feta in brine has a creamier texture, saltier flavor, and can be found in most international grocery stores. If you cannot get brined feta, use regular feta and increase salt to 2 teaspoons.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
18g Fat
17g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 519mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 207mg 4%

* 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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