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Lightened Up Skillet Cornbread

slice of skillet cornbread on a plate.

This healthy skillet cornbread made with Greek yogurt is a must-have recipe for Southern comfort cooking. It goes great with soups, beans, chili, or in your Thanksgiving stuffing, and it's so simple to make! (vegetarian)

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, egg and yogurt. Stir into dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Melt butter in a cast iron skillet (8 to 10 inch) then carefully swirl to coat the skillet. Pour in the prepared batter.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden.

Notes

  • If you don't have white whole wheat flour, regular whole wheat or all-purpose flours will work just fine.
  • I prefer to use real buttermilk for cornbread, but you can substitute it - see 'Ingredient Substitutions' above.
  • To make cleanup easier, you can use only one bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, gently whisk the wet ingredients in the well to combine them a little, and then completely mix the batter. But it's totally up to you if you want to wash an extra bowl.
  • Make sure the batter is completely mixed before adding to the skillet, but also don't over-mix or you will have tough cornbread. I like to wait until the oven is fully heated to mix in the wet ingredients, because I don't like the batter to sit before adding it to the skillet.
  • To easily melt the butter in the skillet, place it in the hot oven for a minute or two, then (carefully!) remove it and swirl it around to coat the skillet.
  • For gluten-free, you can use your favorite 1-to-1 gluten-free flour in place of whole wheat flour, or try my Gluten-Free Polenta Cornbread recipe!

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