On cold winter nights, it’s comforting to come home to a warm house and the aroma of an Italian dinner in the air. Both of the below delicious casseroles combine cornbread with Italian ingredients for a hearty one dish meal. On the surface, pairing cornbread with Italian food seems like a stretch, but when we remember Italian polenta is made from corn, it doesn’t seem as unusual.
Country Italian Sausage Pie features a classic combination of Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions and Italian seasoned tomatoes which are all baked up under a cheesy cornbread crust. This recipe is comforting in its familiarity and sure to become a family favorite.
Pesto Cornbread with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomato Streusel approaches the cast iron skillet from a different direction. The convenient cornbread mix batter is combined with pesto sauce and poured into a hot skillet. Add next to the hot skillet, a mixture of chicken, sundried tomatoes and Parmesan. Top it off with mozzarella and basil. How can that not be delicious?
Either recipe is a heart-warming meal by itself, but a vinaigrette dressed green salad would be the perfect compliment.
I would love to hear what your favorite winter comfort food is!