Thursday, May 05, 2005

Vegan Tennessee Corn Pone

This is just right for 2-3 people, but can easily be doubled and baked in a larger skillet or baking dish. You may have to increase baking time for the larger size.

2 cups well-seasoned cooked beans, or one 15 oz. can vegetarian chili
3/4 cup nondairy milk
2 tsp. plain white vinegar
2 TB ground flaxseed
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400º.

Warm the beans or chili in a pan on the stove until bubbly. Lightly spray an 8-inch cast iron skillet (or other baking dish) with nonstick spray, and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk the nondairy milk, vinegar, and ground flax together (the soymilk will curdle into soy "buttermilk").

In a seperate bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, baking soda, and salt. Add the liquid ingredients and whisk until well combined.

Drain any excess liquid off the beans (they should be juicy but not too wet). Pour the beans into the skillet and top with the cornmeal mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bread is set and golden brown.


Mindy said...

This sounds pretty good. I am curious what function the vinegar plays. My boyfriend detests anything even slightly vinegary so I would just worry about including it. (He also hates onions with a passion. It's tough to cook around here. :( )

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, Mindy!

The vinegar is stirred into the nondairy milk to make a "buttermilk". It reacts with the baking soda causing a nice rise.

Mindy said...

Thanks! I tried this last night and it was really good. :)

Molly said...

Hello! I found your blog through a vegan cooking community on Live Journal.

I would like to make this recipe tonight. However, I don't have any ground flax seed. Are you using this as an egg replacer? If so, I have egg replacer. Thanks!

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, molly! Yes, the flax is a binder like an egg replacer. I have never tried egg replacer, so I can't vouch for it. I hope it works out well for you! I use ground flax for those healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Nikki said...

This is soooo good! I was scared when I saw how liquidy the batter was, but it cooked up perfecly. Everyone must try this recipe. I made it for my omnivorous family and they gobbled it up and have been asking me to make it again ever since. Thank you, Jennifer, for a great recipe, but mostly, thanks for putting the words "corn pone" in my head. I just love saying, "corn pone!"

Jennifershmoo said...

Yay, Nikki! I'm so glad you liked it! It is a fun word, isn't it? The funny thing is, my husband lived in Tennessee for 13 years and had never heard of corn pone until I made it!

zoracky! said...

I made this tonight using some bean/rice/veggie mix I made. I added some spices to the bean mix to make it "mexi" and put the cornbread on top. It was really great! The friends I had over for dinner also really enjoyed it. I can't wait to top all sorts of mystery foods with this corn bread. Yay!

Anonymous said...

I made the Corn Pone last night. We had the neighbour's kids over, so I quadrupled the recipe and cooked it in my massive cast iron skillet. The verdict: a raging success! I used half yellow and half blue corn (which the kids think is "funky"). After a small heart attack because the batter seemed too liquidy, I calmed down when I saw it baking up nice and crispy (and yet soooo moist and delicious).

Crystal Scott said...

YUM!!! I loved this, and so did my boyfriend.
This is the first time I've ever used flax, but I really thought it made the corn pone come out perfectly!!
This made a great lunch, and we had some left over for snacking the next day.

Sarah said...

I just found this recipe and was so excited to make it - the cornbread part turned out great but I was expecting the whole dish to slice out like a pie and instead the cornbread sliced out and the beans had to be scooped out with a spoon. Is this right?

Jennifershmoo said...

Yes, that's exactly right! Scoop up the beans and eat them along with the cornbread.

Desiree said...

This is FANTASTIC. Super easy to make, so it's my "too tired to cook but want good filling food" meal.

have had great success doubling it by playing w/different kinds of cooked beans. Kidney w/ sauteed curried onions and garlic has turned out to be one of my faves.

Thanks for posting this!

Lord said...

Looks Good! Mine is in the oven now.

Nonna said...

YUM...... Mine also is in oven...Smells wonderful

Anonymous said...

the name CORN PONE is so awesome, I can't imagine this recipe will be anything less! Tonight is the night my Corn Pone takes flight!

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Anonymous said...

this turned out so incredibly well!! i didn't have white vinegar so used apple cider vinegar along with flax seed oil (barlean's), and a can of amy's low-sodium vegetarian chili. it was perfect!
can't wait to try more of your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Easy and very yummy. My husband and I love it. Thanks for the recipe.

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