I can still remember the night Nanny made me try her Mexican Cornbread.
She bribed me into taking a bite and I didn't like it one bit, but I really don't like cornbread. I adore for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, but other than that I can't stand the stuff.
Yes, I'm cornbread picky. Blame it on school cafeteria's that serve it with spaghetti and watching kids crumble it into their food. Still grosses me out to this day.
Today's recipe though, is luckily nothing like that.
It's also my take on my grandmother's Mexican Cornbread. So I'll share her recipe as well as how I make her recipe with you.
Consider it a two in one.
Jeremy isn't actually a fan of Mexican Cornbread, but I've made this for out last two big meals to test it out and he loved both batches.
The man is quick to tell me he doesn't like something, and this was lucky for me, not one of those recipes.
Nanny's Mexican Cornbread
1 small pack of cornbread mix
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 can cream corn
1/4 cup onion
1/2 lb Velveeta Cheese
1 lb hot sausage
Brown sausage and diced onion, mix with other ingredients. Bake in 9x13 pan at 350 degrees for about an hour.
Emily's Mexican Cornbread
1 package of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1/3 cup of milk (I usually use unsweetened almond because I have it on hand)
1/4 of a large red onion, diced
1/2 package of Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage
1/2 Jalapeno, diced
1 cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese
Preheat oven to 400 with cast iron skillet in the oven. Brown sausage with diced onion and jalapeno. Combine corn muffin mix, egg, and milk, allow it to sit while the sausage mixture browns. When sausage it browned, mix it and the cheese into the corn muffin mixture. Remove skillet from oven, spray with nonstick spray, and pour cornbread mixture into the skillet. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
You might have noticed I changed the cheese from what Nanny used to shredded. I just prefer the taste. I also didn't add the cream corn.
Those are just my preferences. I also know the woman listed milk on this, but more than likely used buttermilk. When I say she used butter milk I don't intend for you to believe that she purchased it that way.
Nope, Nanny was known for leaving just a little bit of milk in the fridge and letting it spoil. It's the old country girl way. Or as I like to think of it, you can take the woman out of Newellton, but you apparently can't remove Newellton from the woman.
Poor thing had her ashes sprinkled in the cemetery there too. Pop and Nanny's best friend Katie joked that she was probably thinking "Now how the hell did I end up back here?"
Excuse the language, but I am about positive she would have said that. There's just no reason to live in little ole Newellton!