Entrees

Mediterranean Cornbread Caprese Skillet

Lodge Cast iron / January 19, 2017

Each year as a part of the National Cornbread Festival, Lodge sponsors the National Cornbread Cook-Off, a contest for the best main dish cornbread recipe. This recipe by Judy Armstrong of Prairieville, Louisiana won second place in the 2014 Cook-Off.

To learn how you can enter the National Cornbread Cook-Off, visit the National Cornbread Festival website!

Mediterranean Cornbread Caprese

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Servings

6

Ingredients

Cornbread:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (6 1/2 oz.) package Martha White® Yellow Cornbread & Muffin Mix
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • nonstick cooking spray
 

Topping:
  • 1 large tomato, cut in 6 thin slices 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 thin slices fresh mozzarella
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups prepared marinara sauce, warmed
  • Basil sprigs for garnish
 

 

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Heat olive oil in a 10¼ in. cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add the pancetta, shallot, garlic and red bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Whisk together the cornbread mix, basil, parmesan and milk in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in the pancetta mixture. 
  4. Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the cornbread mixture into the skillet. Bake at 375° F for 10 minutes. 
  5. Arrange the tomato slices in single layer on the paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. 
  6. Remove the cornbread from oven. Top with the sliced mozzarella. Place a tomato slice over each slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle with pancetta. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Sprinkle with basil and parmesan. Serve with the prepared marinara and with a basil sprig.

 

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Mediterranean Cornbread Caprese Skillet

By Lodge Cast iron

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

Cornbread:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (6 1/2 oz.) package Martha White® Yellow Cornbread & Muffin Mix
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • nonstick cooking spray
 

Topping:
  • 1 large tomato, cut in 6 thin slices 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 thin slices fresh mozzarella
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups prepared marinara sauce, warmed
  • Basil sprigs for garnish
 

 

Mediterranean Cornbread Caprese Skillet

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Heat olive oil in a 10¼ in. cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add the pancetta, shallot, garlic and red bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Whisk together the cornbread mix, basil, parmesan and milk in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in the pancetta mixture. 
  4. Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the cornbread mixture into the skillet. Bake at 375° F for 10 minutes. 
  5. Arrange the tomato slices in single layer on the paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. 
  6. Remove the cornbread from oven. Top with the sliced mozzarella. Place a tomato slice over each slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle with pancetta. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Sprinkle with basil and parmesan. Serve with the prepared marinara and with a basil sprig.

 

Recipe by Lodge Cast iron for Lodge Cast Iron at http://www.lodgemfg.com/recipe/mediterranean-cornbread-caprese-skillet