Easy Cracklin’ Cornbread is filled with tasty pieces of fried pork cracklings. This savory cornbread is crusty outside and moist inside. Easy to make with simple ingredients.
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Although my favorite Hormel brand of pork cracklings are precooked before packaging, I fry in vegetable oil until crispy before adding to cornbread batter.
Never add uncooked cracklings to cornbread batter. They turn rubbery and taste bland in baked cornbread (my opinion).
Fried cracklings season the vegetable oil, turns it golden brown and fills it with savory flavor.
Fried cracklings add delicious savory flavor to the vegetable oil in which it is cooked.
The cornbread is baked in the seasoned vegetable oil. As a result, the bottom crust and edges are well seasoned with savory flavor.
Fried pork fat is famous for the hard edges called meat skins. Remove before adding to cornbread batter to protect teeth. Meat skins are very hard.
Press cooked cracklings with back of a spoon. REMOVE all rock hard pieces. Only add soft pieces of fried pork to cornbread batter.
Avoid eating hard cracklings because they will “very likely” crack or break teeth.
Cracklin’ cornbread pairs well with Smoky Collard Greens. Also fantastic drizzled with honey or maple syrup… and served for breakfast.
Ever sprinkled crispy fried cracklings with hot sauce? Delish snack!
Pork should definitely be eaten in moderation to avoid high blood pressure issues. If you already have high blood pressure, check with your doctor BEFORE consuming pork.
You’re invited to make some Easy Cracklin’ Cornbread Muffins.
If you prefer cracklings made with fresh pork fat back, check out my Cracklin’ Cornbread. Both are delicious!
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