A plate serving bacon & pecan stuffing cornbread

Bacon & pecan stuffing cornbread

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8

Try our festive take on American cornbread, with bacon, pecans, apricots and cranberries to pack in the flavour. A great Christmas side dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal435
  • fat19g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 75g butter, melted, plus extra for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 250g fine polenta



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 150g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 1 tbsp sugar



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  • 500ml buttermilk (or 500ml semi-skimmed milk with a squeeze of lemon juice)
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 25g bacon lardons
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 75g dried apricots, halved
  • 50g pecans, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 ½ tbsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • 25g dried cranberries


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Brush a 20 x 30cm roasting tin with melted butter. Combine the polenta, flour, baking powder, sugar and 2 tsp salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix the melted butter, buttermilk and eggs in a jug, then make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Stir well until smooth.

  2. Fry the bacon in a large frying pan until it starts to crisp, then add the onion and celery and cook for 5 mins. Add the rest of the stuffing ingredients and the cornbread mix, season well and stir together.

  3. Scrape it all into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hr or until cooked through. Cut into squares to serve.

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Nigel Spiller's picture
Nigel Spiller
1st Dec, 2018
Can this be made and frozen ahead of Christmas? If so is it just a question of warming in the oven afterwards?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. We think this is best served fresh. However we do have lots of make ahead Christmas recipes here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/make-ahead-christmas
Andy Brown's picture
Andy Brown
20th Nov, 2018
Pork Mince?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Nov, 2018
That's right! You'll find it in the pork section in larger supermarkets or at the butcher.
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