Monday, December 1, 2008

Cornbread Goodness

On Saturday we headed to Athens to watch the UGA Bullgogs take on the GA Tech Yellow Jackets. Mr. News Readin's family is split down the middle between UGA and GA Tech alumni, making this an annual family gathering of aunts, uncles and cousins the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

UGA VII - Mascots don't get any better looking than this...

This year his cousin put together an impressive post-game tailgate. We're talking massive RV complete with two smokers, tables and chairs for 30 people, two flat screens and the most delicious array of perfect football watching food.

After sitting in the rain watching the Dawgs lose, we needed a little comfort food.
Smoked ribs, spice rubbed chicken breasts, sausage, pulled pork complete with fluffy Merita white bread, potato salad, green beans and cornbread salad. Comfort food found.

Mr. News Readin' and I both went back for seconds of the cornbread salad and I even scored the recipe from our host's wife.

Here it is:

Cornbread Salad


* 1 recipe of cornbread
* 1 envelope ranch dressing mix
* 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 2 cans (16 oz each) pinto beans
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
* 10 slices bacon, fried very crispy, and crumbled
* 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
* 1/2 cup each of chopped red bell pepper, green bell pepper, green onions and
several chopped tomatoes

Make up the cornbread, cool.
Stir together salad dressing mix, sour cream and mayonnaise until blended; set aside.
Combine tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. Toss gently.
Crumble 1/2 of the cornbread into a large bowl.
Top with half each of beans, tomato mixture, cheese, bacon, corn and dressing mixture.
Repeat layers.
Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
When ready to serve, stir the all the ingredients together.*

*She did not serve it all mixed together and left it all in layers.

She had me at cornbread.

This recipe could be easily augmented with taco seasoning instead of ranch dressing for a TexMex dip with the addition of black beans and some cilantro.

We are hosting our game night group in January and this will most definitely be on the menu!



The Lawyer's Wife said...

My friend June Cleaver makes this same salad and I adore it! The layers complete the excitement!!

Legallyblondemel said...

This is part of what I adore about the South - something can be classified as a "salad" even though it involves cornbread. Sounds delicious.

Thanks for the picture of UGA - although I am obligated to root for Tech, UGA is hands down my favorite mascot.

Toad said...

Sounds awesome

Hilary said...

WOW! Please don't bring the "salad" north! Although love the idea of the game, drinks, and a seat to relax on post game!

Kim said...

This is a favorite at our house - delish! Just found your blog and am loving it!