Last Friday it was hot, and I didn’t have a lot of time to fix dinner. That meant we wouldn’t be having our usual Friday night pizza. The family is always disappointed when we don’t have pizza on Friday, so I tried to think of something else they would really enjoy that would be fairly quick and didn’t require baking.
I settled on this idea which I had never tried before. The corn bread is cooked on the stove, but it does require a cast iron pot/skillet with a lid or a similar type of dutch oven. It has to be something heavy or it will burn on the bottom. As it is, I burnt the bottom because I started out with the heat too high. Thankfully, it was only a thin layer and I was able to shave it off with the electric knife. You could, of course, bake the corn bread in a round pan. That would actually be easier, just hotter.
I only used the oven briefly by putting it under the broiler to melt the cheese. The result was terrific and everyone loved it. I was told I should make it again.
- 1 recipe corn bread (use only 1/4 c. sugar)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- olive oil
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- Put a large cast iron skillet on the stove and warm it up, but not too hot. Spray the bottom and sides with cooking spray.
- Make the corn bread batter and put into the skillet, spreading it out to the edges.
- Cover and cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes.
- Use a spatula to get under the cornbread and flip it over. This is a little tricky. It might take two spatulas or an extra pair of hands.
- Cover and cook another 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack.
- While the bread is cooling brown the ground beef.
- Take a handful of pepperoni and cut them into pieces. Kitchen scissors work well for that. Add the pepperoni to the beef.
- Add the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Stir and heat.
- Slice the cornbread in half horizontally. It doesn’t have to be completely cooled but should no longer be hot. Put the halves, cut side up, on a cookie sheet.
- Brush with olive oil.
- Put half the meat mixture on each and spread to the edges. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven and broil for several minutes until the cheese is melted.