19 Cornflake Recipes That Prove Cereal Goes With So Much More Than Milk
Cornflakes are a classic breakfast cereal go-to, but their crunchy, crispy texture lends itself well to a wide variety of other uses. Cornflakes work well sprinkled across casseroles, used as breading for oven-fried chicken fingers and fish sticks, and even baked into cookies. From Catfish Strips with Ranch Dressing to Cornflake-Apple Pancakes, these delicious recipes showcase what an essential pantry addition cornflakes can be.
Salt-and-Vinegar Boneless "Wings"
The popular potato chip flavor combination translates fantastically to boneless "wings," with crushed cornflakes providing the requisite crunch and malt vinegar and sea salt adding seasoning. Ok, admittedly, they're basically chicken fingers, but for game day, we're calling them boneless wings. Be sure to line the baking sheet with parchment paper, as the chicken tends to stick to aluminum foil, even if it's coated with cooking spray.
Chicken and Waffles with Kicky Syrup
If ever a breakfast-meets-dinner combo were to go viral, chicken and waffles would be it. The mash-up actually dates back a couple hundred years, and we can guess why—the sweet, crunchy, and salty trio must have been just as crave-worthy then as it is now. We skip the deep fry and instead bake chicken breast cutlets with a crunchy cornflake-and-panko crust. Lean, boneless chicken and multigrain frozen waffles also save time. To top it off, a bit of Sriracha and soy sauce adds spicy, savory depth to the maple syrup drizzle.
Giant Marshmallow and Cornflakes Christmas Tree Treat
Learn how to make a towering edible Christmas tree with this holiday riff on a classic treat.
Cheesy Potato Casserole
This lightened-up variation of a Southern casserole classic cuts fat and calories (but not flavor) with reduced-fat milk, fat-free Greek yogurt, and reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese. Top with a generous amount of buttered cornflakes for an irresistibly crunchy topping.
Crispy Fish Sticks with Pineapple Ketchup
Swap frozen fish sticks for a healthier oven-baked version with these cornflake-crusted fish sticks. Blending cubed fresh pineapple with ketchup, pepper, and soy sauce yields a sweet and savory dipping sauce that the whole family is sure to love.
Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes
These little nuggets from The Garage restaurant in Salt Lake City are based on Mormon funeral potatoes, a crunchy, cheesy, creamy casserole dish that is served at just about any big function in that town. Rolled into balls and deep-fried, they are totally over the top. Finely ground cornflakes are the secret to the crunchy crust.
Lightened Squash Casserole
Top this lightened squash casserole with a mixture of crushed cornflakes and French fried onions for a delicious and healthy way to eat your veggies.
"Fried" Ice Cream Truffles
Grind together cinnamon-sugar almonds, frosted cornflakes, and salt and use mixture to coat scooped ice cream balls for delicious and satisfying ice cream truffles.
Baked Fish and Chips
Just five ingredients and an oven are all you need for this delicious homemade version of the traditional English meal.
Cornflake, Pecan, and Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
Adding cornflakes cereal to the pecan-brown sugar topping gives the casserole extra crispiness and crunch.
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
This mouthwatering baked mac 'n' cheese gets its crispy crust from crushed cornflakes, melted pepper, and ground red pepper.
Cornflake Crunch French Toast
A cornflake coating dresses up French toast for a subtle twist on the breakfast classic.
Crunchy Frostbite Cookies
Dip one side of these crispy oatmeal cookies into melted white chocolate for a “frosted” effect.
Cornflake-Crusted Halibut with Chile-Cilantro Aioli
The test kitchen loved this halibut dish with herbed garlic aioli so much that they gave it their highest rating. You'll love that it takes only 25 minutes to make.
Potluck Potato Casserole
The crunchy topping on this side-dish casserole gives way to a cheesy interior, resulting in a comfort food winner. A bonus with this dish is that you can make the casserole ahead of time—assemble and refrigerate it until time to bake. Sprinkle the cornflakes over the casserole just before baking.
Crab-Stuffed Lobster with Citrus Vinaigrette
To expedite the preparation of the lobsters, ask your fishmonger to briefly steam, split, and clean them (just make sure he doesn't cook them all the way). If you do this, skip Step 3 of the recipe.
Buffalo-Style Catfish Strips with Ranch Dressing
The inspiration for this dish is Buffalo chicken wings. We breaded and baked catfish strips, then drizzled them with a spicy sauce. If you don't like spicy foods, omit the hot pepper sauce.
These crispy breakfast fritters are the perfect weekend brunch menu item. Warm cinnamon and sweet apples give the classic cornflake cereal a festive flavor twist. The fritters are best served with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and/or whipped cream for the ultimate indulgent start to the day.