Terri’s Dixie Cornbread

Cover Recipe- Southern Plate, Terri’s Dixie Cornbread: Copyright 2010

Cover Recipe- Southern Plate, Terri’s Dixie Cornbread: Copyright 2010

I have always said that I think I was meant to be a Southern girl. There is just something about the south that is so incredibly appealing to me. The way of life, the accent, the tree lined streets. And of course, the food!

I was first introduced to Christy Jordan’s book, Southern Plate, back in 2011. It is a cookbook filled with Southern comfort food – so I knew it would be right up my alley. I’ve made many recipes from this book with great results, but I had yet to tackle any of the cover recipes.

The cover of this book screams southern comfort food. Mac and cheese, fried chicken, and of course – cornbread. I’ve made many cornbread recipes over the years, and have fallen in love with a few, but that hasn’t stopped me from continue to try new recipes, looking for the perfect cornbread. I was very excited to try this recipe because it uses 2 cups of buttermilk, so I knew it would be super tender. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.

Terri's Dixie Cornbread

Print Print Recipe

Terri's Dixie Cornbread

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 30 min


1 tablespoon shortening
1 1/2 cups enriched white cornmeal
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons bacon drippings or melted butter


1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Place the shortening in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and preheat in the oven.

2. In a bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking soda. Add in the buttermilk, egg and bacon drippings or butter and stir just until combined. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the mixture in. Return to the oven.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is brown. Serve warm with butter.


This is a basic cornbread recipe, but I think it would be easy to use as a base. Add in bacon pieces, corn kernels, chiles or jalapenos. The possibilities are endless!

The results:

I think that there are two camps when it comes to cornbread. Those who like their cornbread sweet, and those who don’t. Now, I’m not sure which is the “proper” southern way, but I fall into the camp that likes sweet cornbread. This cornbread is not sweet. At all. This is not to say that I didn’t like this recipe, because really, I did. But I do prefer a sweeter cornbread. That being said, I think this is the perfect cornbread base. The texture was perfect and I absolutely love that it’s made in a cast iron skillet. The recipe gives you the option of using melted butter or bacon drippings, and I highly suggest going the bacon dripping route. They really add a lot of flavor and depth. I will totally be using this recipe as a base recipe in the future – adding in sugar, though, of course.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Nothing says “southern” better than cornbread, so I definitely think it deserves to be on the cover. But just be forewarned that this is not a sweet cornbread recipe!

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.

Warning: Use of undefined constant rand - assumed 'rand' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /var/www/clients/client0/web83/web/wp-content/themes/culinarycovers/single.php on line 72

6 Responses to “Terri’s Dixie Cornbread”

  1. 1

    Tieghan — August 1, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Southern food is the best! I really do wish I live closer to the south. This cornbread looks and sounds amazing. I cannot wait to try it. especially, since I have not found a good cornbread recipe I love yet!

  2. 2

    Denise — August 1, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    I, too have the Southern Plate cookbook and am a big fan of good ole’ southern cooking. I made this cornbread recipe a few years ago and I too liked it, but just like you I prefer my cornbread sweet.

  3. 3

    Tricia — August 1, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    I am a Southern gal & this recipe is pretty much the same one I have used for 50+ years. Bacon drippings are a staple so it is added instead of butter. Once in a while I add a tablespoon or two of sugar when I want the bread sweeter. The iron skillet is the only way to make cornbread. I Love Christy Jordan’s “Southern Plate.”

  4. 4

    SaKay — August 1, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Southern cornbread is not sweet – Northern is. In Best Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated they make the distinction. I go for sweet myself. I love Christy Jordan! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. 5

    Lori Lange — August 1, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    I love sweet cornbread… I’d be adding all kinds of sugar to this one!

  6. 6

    Stuff I've Gotta Share and You've Gotta See | Recipe Girl — August 13, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    […] what’s been happening on my Culinary Covers blog lately > Terri’s Dixie Cornbread (a non-sweet variety), Lime and Blackberry Italian Meringue Pie (from a Bon Appetit cover), Oatmeal […]

Leave a Comment