Winning Cornbread Cook-Off Recipes with a Twist

Since 1996, The National Cornbread Cook-Off sponsored by Martha White® and Lodge® Cast Iron has brought you the best cornbread main dish recipes in the country. For this year’s 19th Annual Cornbread Cook-Off, three of our ten returning winners will showcase their winning dishes with a unique twist. I love traditional recipes, but have been amazed at all the delicious, innovative dishes created for the Cook-Off.

Sonya took the 2009 grand prize with her Buffalo Chicken Cornbread with Blue Cheese Salad. She added boneless Buffalo wings to cheesy cornbread and topped it with a cool crisp blue cheese salad. The dish is great for game day or a week night family supper.

buffalo chicken cornbread

Lori’s winning 2010 Cornbread Cook-Off recipe, Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo, is a great twist on the popular little sandwiches. Little muffins made with Martha White Yellow Cornbread Mix, bacon and Gorgonzola cheese are sliced, spread with a tangy sauce and filled with little burgers, cheese and grilled onions.

corn bread sliders

Melanie’s creation for the 2012 Cornbread Cook-Off was Sweet Cornbread Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa. These pan fried seafood cakes are made with cooked and crumbled Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread, mixed with onions, celery, shrimp and seasonings. Sweet and savory mango salsa is the perfect complement.


The National Cornbread Festival® in South Pittsburg, Tenn., is fun for the whole family. In addition to the Cook-Off, you can visit Cornbread Alley and try several delicious cornbread recipes. There will be music, crafts, food vendors, tours and a carnival for the kids. Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25, 2015 to come visit us at the Cook-Off tent.

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