Makes 12 appetizer or 6 main-dish servings

This uniquely Southern recipe works as a tasty appetizer when cut into small squares or as a main dish when paired with a tossed green salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.

Step 2

Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking soda.

Step 3

Stir together eggs, buttermilk, and oil until combined. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. (Batter will not be smooth.) Add sausage mixture, peas, and remaining ingredients to batter, stirring well.

Step 4

Pour into a greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until golden and set.

Step 6

Note: Freeze baked cornbread up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes or until thoroughly heated. To reheat directly from the freezer, bake, covered, at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Step 7

To lighten: Substitute 1 (12-ounce) package reduced-fat sausage, fat-free buttermilk, 1/2 cup egg substitute, and 2% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Reduce oil to 2 tablespoons. Prepare and bake as directed.

Ratings & Reviews

DLammy's Review

December 18, 2011
I have both made this fresh and frozen it, and we love it, sometimes using mild or regular sausage instead of spicy depending on who is eating it. For a dinner, we have it with Cesar Salad, and that's perfectly sufficient!

jlucas245's Review

December 16, 2011

CindiS68's Review

January 06, 2011
I love this recipe! Made it many times and is a family favorite with a salad. I use a can of black-eyed peas with jalepenos to eliminate cutting up peppers.

DIA2SYD's Review

January 01, 2010
I though this was good, but would probably just use Jiffy mix the next time because I thought the bread didn't have enough flavor. My boyfriends still enjoyed it though, and it was a great New Years Day dish.

mommy2kh's Review

January 01, 2009
We have fixed this several times and it is always a hit. We like to serve this as a side dish and often half the recipe. It is also great to fix for New Year's Day.