November 14, 2011

Corn Loaf for Thanksgiving

Bread or Vegetable?

This is one recipe I have not made in a while but one I will be bringing back to the table this year. A delightful bread that is loaded with fresh corn, tomatoes, onions and peppers and enough cheese to make it extra special. Ya know those dishes that are 'extra special'? Those are the ones with a cheese topping or a gratin of crumbs, maybe a dose of chopped nuts or pimento added, something that you would not ordinarily do unless it was holiday or a special event. At least that is the way I was brought up.

Come time to shine, ya gotta polish the silver and spread on the best and that means tossing in a few extra ingredients. Some recipes might stand on their own throughout the year, but come holiday, they got to sing out loud. Okay, enough.. lets get to this scrumptious bread, or is it? I mean, is it really a bread or could it be a considered a vegetable dish? Really now, look at the ratio of veggies to grain and decide for yourself...


Corn Loaf

2 cups fresh corn, cut from cob (okay, canned can do)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped fresh tomato, seeded
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal mix
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
...or 1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water

In a large bowl, mix the first 8 ingredients together.  Let rest for half an hour. Stir eggs, milk and water together in a bowl and fold into the corn mixture.

Pour into a well grease loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 375 degress F.

Remove from oven, invert and let rest 5 minutes. Slice, butter and serve.

Note: I have recently enjoyed making cornbread in mini loaf pans which will bake in about 40 minutes, like the Jalapeño bread shown above.

other great corn recipes:
Corn Soufflé 
Country Creamed Corn  
Fresh Basil Scalloped Corn
Fresh Corn and Tomato Pie
Fresh Sweet Corn Pie
Southern Succotash

now, some cornbread recipes too:
Creamed Corn Bread
Sho'nuff Cornbread Muffins
Squash Puppies


  1. Drick this sounds so good and such perfect timing, I usually do the corn casserole, but this sounds easier and look and sound delicious with that cheese yum! Have a blessed holiday, not the same without mom :( I always miss her today and always....

  2. that is a healthy sister made one last week and she also include moringa leaves and I love the smell of corn.

  3. This is good no matter what you call it. Knife and fork breads like this are always hearty and satisfying.

  4. Definitely a vegetable! ; ) And the best kind - one that is encased in bread. I just love a thing like this, loaded with every good thing.

  5. I will happily consider this a vegetable, and you know how I love my veggies ;) I am with Trix, all the good stuff is right here...nice!

  6. Know what I like about this? It's like maque choux baked into bread! As if maque choux wasn't already great. I will be making this for sure.

  7. Fab cornbread idea and great veggie fortifier too... Sounds delish either way.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!