I make mine from scratch but you can use store bought gluten free corn bread mix. (If you don't have a gluten allergy then you can just 1 box of Jiffy Corn bread mix instead). The spoon bread is slightly sweet so it compliments a spicy dish as well as a brunch dish. I serve it as a side dish for just about anything including steak, chicken, BBQ ribs and pulled pork. Our July 4th BBQ wouldn't be complete without this dish! I have noticed that some Mexican restaurants are now putting it as a side dish on their menu. I am pretty sure it is not a Mexican dish but like I said before...it compliments just about anything and it is delicious! You can also add a can of green chiles or 1/4 cup chunky salsa to the recipe but I personally just prefer it plain.
The texture is different than bread. It has a dense texture similar to a very firm cheesecake. Although you could probably eat it with your fingers, most people eat it with a spoon...hence the name spoon bread. It is definitely not sandwich bread. Although you could probably make these into muffins, I have never tried it. I just always bake it in a casserole dish because I like the texture I get from baking it in a casserole dish. I bake mine in a round casserole dish with a lid but if I am making it for a crowd then I double the recipe and bake in 9x13 pan and cover with foil. The original recipe calls for 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of sour cream. I actually only use 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter instead because I find it to be less greasy without losing any of the flavor. I also substitute 3/4 cup of cream cheese for the 1 cup of sour cream. I found with making things gluten free... adding cream cheese in place of some of the butter or shortening will give the recipe a nice moist texture and keep it from becoming crumbly after a day or so. Of course if you have a dairy allergy then you can substitute a dairy free version of cream cheese. (You won't taste the cream cheese in the recipe).
Spoon Bread Recipe:
- 1.5 cups gluten free DRY corn bread mix (see my recipe below if you want to make it homemade. You can use 1.5 cups of a store bought gluten free mix if you prefer but you will need to add 2 tablespoons of sugar since most of them aren't sweet enough. If you don't have a gluten allergy then you can use 1 box of Jiffy Corn Bread Mix). DO NOT PREPARE CORN BREAD MIX...YOU JUST NEED THE DRY INGREDIENTS FOR THIS RECIPE!
- 1/4 cup of melted real butter (original recipe called for 1/2 cup but I found it was a little too greasy for me so I cut back on the butter and it still tasted great!)
- 3/4 cup cream cheese (I have used the regular and reduced fat version. I wouldn't recommend using fat free since I can't guarantee it will work. The original recipe called for 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt. I prefer the cream cheese. It gives the spoon bread a really great texture and enhances the flavor of the corn. It also prevents it from becoming crumbly when re-heating leftovers).
- 2 eggs (the original recipe called for 1 egg but converting it to gluten free...you really need 2 eggs to get the right texture. I've done it both ways and 2 eggs works better than 1 egg!)
- 1 (14-16 oz) can creamed corn (If you don't have creamed corn on hand, just take a can of regular corn (including the juice in the can), 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tbs. cornstarch and blend)
- 1 (14-16 oz) regular whole kernel corn (not creamed), drained
Gluten Free Corn Bread Muffin Recipe (Copy cat for Jiffy brand)
1.5 cups of the mix = 1 small box of Jiffy corn bread muffin mix.
(Recipe below is equivalent to 1 small box of Jiffy corn bread/muffin mix)
- 2/3 cup flour (I used my gluten free flour blend, see recipe below but if you don't have a gluten allergy then you can just use regular flour!)
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal (I prefer using 1/4 cup corn flour + 1/4 cup polenta but cornmeal works fine too)
- 1/8 cup sugar (you can add a little less if you don't care for sweet muffins or add a smidge more sugar if you prefer them slightly sweeter. You can also substitute raw sugar or stevia. If using Stevia you will need to check box for how much to substitute. I am not sure if it is equal amounts).
- 1 tbs. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Mix ingredients together with a fork or spoon. If you are not using it right away, you can store it in a ziploc bag, glass jar or rubbermaid container. I like to double or triple the recipe so I have it on hand when I need it. 1.5 cups of the mix = 1 small box of Jiffy corn bread muffin mix.
To prepare muffins, combine 1.5 cups of the mix with 1 egg, 2tbs. oil or melted butter and 1/3 cup milk by hand and let stand for about 5 minutes before putting into either greased muffin cups or paper lined muffin cups. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for approximately 13-18 minutes or until lightly golden on top and muffin springs back when gently touched or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
My Gluten Free Flour Blend Recipe:
Combine all ingredients together well. I store mine in a glass container and use it in place of regular flour in most of my recipes. *Glutinous rice flour does not contain gluten, it is made from sticky rice.
I hope you enjoy one of my old "hillbilly" recipes that I converted to gluten free. Please post any substitutions or additions that you made in the comments below. My family loves this recipe and I make it for most of our casual family get-togethers. I think my kids (and most of my friends) would throw a fit if I didn't make this for Easter, Thanksgiving & our July 4th BBQ. When we have a large crowd...I will 4x the recipe so we have enough to eat + a little extra for leftovers! My kids always want to take some home with them!