Kay Gay and Helen Hollansworth, both of Gulf Shores, Alabama, served up a first-place winner at the National Cornbread Cook-off in 2000 with this hearty combination of shrimp, bacon, spinach, and Cheddar cheese.

Recipe by Oxmoor House


Credit: Oxmoor House

Recipe Summary

Serves 8


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Cook the bacon in a 10 1/2-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; crumble and set aside.

  • Transfer 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings to a small bowl. Drain off the remaining drippings from the skillet and discard. Wipe the skillet clean, then return the reserved drippings to the skillet. Place in the oven to heat.

  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the milk, melted butter, cornbread mix, and hot pepper sauce, stirring until blended. Stir in the onion, spinach, shrimp, and 11/2 cups cheese. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the top.

  • Bake until set and golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 to 10 minutes in the skillet on a wire rack. Sprinkle with the bacon and parsley, if desired; cut into wedges and serve.


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