'Cornbread and milk' is a southern tradition we can all get behind

May 3rd, 2021

Move over corn flakes….cornbread is having a moment.

Southerners all over the country have been sharing an interesting combination on social media. Cornbread and milk. It might sound strange and unusual but to some southerners, it’s a family classic. Some have shared fond memories of this recipe online, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own version too. Some prefer sweet milk while others use whole milk or even buttermilk.

“In the South this is poor man’s food but no one ever knew it because it taste like you’re eating like a king!” –

“You can slather it with butter or mix in some cheddar cheese or some jalapeños, but no sugar (sweet cornbread is a muffin, not cornbread). But for a simple, comforting meal, all you need to do is crumble cornbread in a glass and pour cold milk over it.” –

Some southern chefs suggest using a cast iron skillet for the perfect cornbread.

The cast iron skillet will give you a golden, crispy cornbread that is just begging for milk. Another suggestion is to make a hearty cornbread by using only yellow cornmeal and omitting the all-purpose flour.

Add whatever you like but simple is best.

Cornbread and milk connoisseurs keep it simple but people have tried it with black pepper, sugar and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Is your mouth watering yet?

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Thinking of trying this delicious combo?

To try this for yourself just combine cornmeal, salt, baking powder, baking soda, two large eggs, buttermilk and melted butter in a large bowl. Once mixed, pour the batter into an iron skillet. recommends using a recipe that calls for butter instead of oil. With the cast iron skillet you will want to preheat it in order to achieve the crispy crust. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes and once you see that golden goodness you are ready for the fun.

Slice or crumble the glorious cornbread into a glass or bowl. Grab your cold milk and pour generously over the cornbread. Time to enjoy!

For southerners who grew up with this dish, it is more than just a recipe.

Sometimes the best recipes are the ones we remember enjoying with loved ones. This comfort food has lasted generations because it is not only delicious but it has a lot of tradition behind it.

Can’t we all be southern?

I don’t know about you but I think I might have to be adopted into a southern family asap. If that isn’t possible, I will just have to whip up some cornbread and drown it in milk.

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Sweet milk, buttermilk, whole milk….so many choices.

There is really only one choice…and that is to make this part of your life if it isn’t already! The cornbread and milk bandwagon is headed down South and you need to jump on it.

Now ya’ll watch this video below and try to make some southern cornbread and milk of your own!

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Source: YouTube – SouthernLiving