Crackling Cornbread Hoecake
Recipe and photography by Bev Davis.
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Posted April 14, 2017
Cracklings are small pieces of pork fat roasted or fried until crispy. They're located in the meat section of most grocery stores. Drippings from fried cracklings are often used to season cornbread, collards, and other vegetables. While frying cracklings, the vegetable oil will turn golden brown. This is the famously delicious seasoning used in cornbread, collards, and other vegetables.
According to Dictionary.com, a hoecake [hoh-keyk] is an unleavened cake made with flour or cornmeal. Decades ago, it was originally baked on a hoe over an open fire. Now, hoecakes are usually cooked on a griddle or in a skillet on top of the stove. For this recipe, cornbread batter is cooked like a pancake in seasoned drippings. Lovely cast iron pan provided by Lodge Manufacturing. Makes one 10" thin cornbread hoecake.
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