Winner-Winner Not Chicken

photo compliments of Martha White

photo compliments of Martha White

Winners all around today. First, big congratulations to “Krista” who is the winner of the fabulous Penzey’s KIND assortment of spices. Krista—please send me your home address, so I can send your prize ASAP. And thanks to everyone who participated. You are all kind winners in my book.

Penzy's Kind Box of Spices

Penzey’s Kind Box of Spices

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be a contestant in the Martha White Cornbread Festival Cook Off down in South Pittsburg, TN. Even luckier I won a prize for my entry. Do give this festive cornbread a try at your next holiday brunch. I promise it will fly off the table. Yes, it is that good and I have a whole bunch of judges that agree.

the garlic cream drizzle is to die for

the garlic cream drizzle is to deliciously decadent

Sweet Yellow Cornbread, Sausage & Tomato Pie with a Garlic Cream Drizzle

½ pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

½ cup diced sweet onion

1-tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, divided

2 pkg. (7 oz each) Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread & Muffin Mix

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus additional shards for garnish

½ cup milk

½ cup sour cream

3 eggs, lightly beaten

8 fresh basil leaves

Garlic Cream Drizzle (recipe follows)

Heat oven 375F. Brown sausage in a 10-inch Lodge cast iron skillet over medium heat breaking the meat into crumbles with a wooden spoon. Transfer sausage to a paper towel lined plate. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan along with the tomatoes, onions, sugar and ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring, occasionally, for 8 minutes or until tomatoes and onions begins to caramelize. Spread tomato-onion mixture evenly over bottom of pan. Spoon sausage evenly over top. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine cornbread mix, grated parmesan, remaining ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, milk, sour cream, eggs and remaining ¼ cup olive oil; stir until smooth. Pour over hot mixture in skillet. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before inverting onto serving plate. (If any tomatoes or onions stick to bottom of pan simply replace them over cornbread). Top with thin shards of Parmesan cheese. Slice basil into thin slivers; sprinkle on top. Serve with Garlic Cream Drizzle.

Garlic Cream Drizzle

¼ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon Martha White corn meal

2 cloves garlic, smashed

2 fresh basil leaves

¼ cup sour cream

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

In microwave safe 1 cup measure combine heavy cream, corn meal, garlic and basil. Heat on HIGH in microwave for 45 to 60 seconds or until mixture boils. Cool. Discard garlic cloves and basil leaves. In small bowl, whisk sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; add to cream mixture to make a drizzle consistency.

I am second from the left

I am second from the left

6 thoughts on “Winner-Winner Not Chicken

  1. Hi Lisa: Dennis Calhoun, our minister and friend, passed your blog info on to me. He has been helping us as we grieve the loss of our 14 year old daughter this summer to cancer. I also love to bake and cook—-but find it so hard to even think about food during this time of mourning. Your lovely posts, especially about William’s cookies, are so uplifting. Hoping I’ll be able to try baking them soon. Thank you for showing us there is hope on this awful journey. With warm regards, Jean

    • My dear Jean, I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious daughter—if I had one wish it would be that no other parent goes through what we have been through. The pain is too much, but as you can read on my blog becomes manageable over time. Imagining the future without our children is beyond comprehension, so I simply recommend living in the moment. I still have meltdowns, but I get through them. In addition, to your most wonderful Pastor, I hope you also have friends who will continue to celebrate your daughter with you. It is so very important to talk about her. As you have found here, cooking and baking have been my salvation and allows me to celebrate my son in such a positive way. My William wants me to find joy and I bet your daughter wants that for you, too. What can you do to celebrate her? Please feel free to call me any time (I think Dennis has my number–if not he knows how to find me for it).

  2. Hi

    What a wonderful surprise, especially on such a hard weekend. Four month anniversary and our first Halloween without Aidan. We have a picture of him hanging right next to the stove with a bbq duck pizza he made in the summer of ’13 . I’ll be sure to cook something good!

    Krista Skinner 62 Sanborn Street Reading, MA 01867-3013

    Thank you again Krista

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