This corn bread can be a great side item or a main in and of itself! We enjoyed it with a side of braised brussels sprouts and green peas. I adapted the corn bread part of the recipe from the Pioneer Woman, but tweaked it. You could easily make it gluten by substituting gluten-free flour for the AP flour.
- 1 package fresh chorizo sausage (not the hard dried kind)
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup milk (whole is best)
- 1 whole egg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Stir together.
- Measure the buttermilk and milk into a measuring cup and add the egg. Stir together with a fork. Add the baking soda and stir.
- Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until combined.
- In a small bowl, melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil in the microwave (not too hot). Slowly add the melted shortening to the batter, stirring until just combined.
- Sautee onion and chorizo in a cast-iron skillet breaking up meat into small pieces. Cook until lightly browned.
- In the cast-iron skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of shortening with chorizo and onion mixture. Pour the batter into the hot skillet. (The batter should sizzle.) Spread to even out the surface. Cook on the stovetop for 1 minute, and then transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. The edges should be crispy! Test with a toothpick in the middle for doneness.
- Cut and enjoy!