Ready, Set, Start Your Oven: Cornbread Cook-Off Contest!!

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2020 Cornbread Cook-OffYou are invited to participate in the Virtual Cornbread Cook-off. It’s easy to enter!

Here’s how it works:

The Cornbread Cook-off will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Your cornbread can be prepared in advance. We will need your recipe ingredients, directions, and a photograph of your cornbread dish.

There are three ways to enter the Cornbread Cook-off.

  1. On the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sawin County Facebook page look for the Virtual Cornbread Cook-off post on Thursday, September 10, and add your recipe ingredients, directions, and a photo of your cornbread in the comments.
  2. Mail your recipe and directions to:
    N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County
    60 Almond School Rd.
    Bryson City, NC 28713
  3. Email your cornbread recipe, directions, and photograph to:

We must receive these entries before Thursday, September 10.

Each person who submits their cornbread recipe will be entered into a drawing. The prize is a “Country as Cornbread” apron. We will give away five aprons to the lucky winners.

What we want to know:

  • Do you put sugar in your cornbread recipe?
  • Do you use a cast-iron skillet, muffin pan, or regular baking pan?
  • Where did you get your recipe?
  • Have you ever eaten crumbled cornbread in a glass of milk?


Speaking of cornbread, did you know that corn is the second-largest crop in the world? Cornmeal is made by grinding dried corn. It is a staple in many kitchens because it has a variety of uses.

It can be cooked and served as a hot cereal called cornmeal mush. Cornmeal can be used as a coating for fried foods or as a meat extender. It is the main ingredient in cornbread and spoonbread and can be used in pancakes, muffins, cookies, or desserts.

Just like most grains, you can buy cornmeal as a whole grain or as a refined one. Whole grains contain the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Refined grains have been milled to remove the outer covering or the bran and the germ where the oils and many nutrients are contained, leaving only the endosperm. Removing the germ makes the grain more shelf-stable because the germ contains oils that can go rancid.


When you go to the grocery store, look for products made with cornmeal. Check the ingredient label on cornmeal products.

  1. Read the label on the package of plain cornmeal. What ingredients are listed? Does the package say enriched?
  2. Now read the ingredients on a package of cornmeal mix. What ingredients does it have that plain cornmeal does not have? Does the package say enriched?

Send us those recipes! We are looking forward to seeing all the yummy cornbread variations.