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Festive Good Luck Cornbread Skillet

Oxmoor House
Yield Serves 8
Start your new year right with black-eyed peas for good luck, as well as collards for a dose of good health, with this 1998 National Cornbread Cook-off first-place winner from Karen Shankles of Knoxville, Tennessee.


  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped collard or turnip greens, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup Martha White Self-Rising White Corn Meal Mix
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  2. Making the filling: Cut the sausage in half lengthwise; cut cross- wise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Combine the sausage, onion, and garlic in a 12-inch cast iron skillet; cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and the onion is softened, stirring occasionally. Add the black-eyed peas, broth, greens, and hot pepper sauce; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

  3. Make the topping: Combine the topping ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until blended. Pour the batter just around the edge of the sausage mixture in the skillet. Bake until the topping is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.

  4. Serve with desired garnishes.

Cook's Notes

Optional garnishes: Sour cream, pickeled jalapeño chile slices, and/or fresh parsley or cilantro leaves.

The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook