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Categories: Mains, Sides, Vegetarian

Mexican Spoon Bread

This Mexican spoon bread is a twist on a wonderful old Southern cornmeal recipe. It isn't really a bread that is sliced and buttered, but it's just as comforting. Spoon bread is soft and creamy and can be eaten with ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Serves 6
  • 3/4 cup dried black beans
  • Water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus 1 tablespoon, for greasing
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • Salsa, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving

Step 1Rinse beans with cold water in colander. Drain. Place beans in 2-quart saucepan and add 2 cups water. Bring to boil on stove top, then lower heat to simmer and cover. Cook until beans can be pierced with a fork and seem tender, about 45 minutes. Drain off liquid and set beans aside.

Step 2Beat eggs well in small bowl; set aside.

Step 3Put cornmeal in small bowl and pour in 1/2 cup cold water. Stir to moisten all bits of cornmeal. (This keeps cornmeal from lumping when you add it to boiling water.)

Step 4Bring 2 cups water to boil in 3-quart pot. Add salt to boiling water, then slowly add cornmeal. Reduce heat to medium and keep stirring constantly for 1 minute. It will look thick and yellow.

Step 5Add 2 tablespoons butter, beaten eggs, buttermilk, cheese and reserved beans to cornmeal mixture and beat until smooth.

Step 6Smear bottom and sides of 1 1/2-quart casserole with 1 tablespoon butter, then pour bean-cornmeal mixture into it. Bake 40 minutes at 400 degrees until spoon bread appears to have set up and only slightly jiggles when shaken. (Using a potholder so as not to get burned, hold side of casserole and give it a shake.) If it doesn't appear to have set enough, bake 5 more minutes, then check again. Remove from oven.

Step 7Spoon out individual portions of spoon bread and put on plates. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Each serving:
305 calories; 1,047 mg sodium; 178 mg cholesterol; 16 grams fat; 26 grams carbohydrates; 14 grams protein; 0.58 gram fiber.
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