Bacon-Pimiento Cheese Cornbread

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You could make a meal out of this decadent, crunchy-bottomed cornbread that’s loaded with crispy bacon and creamy pimiento cheese.

Bacon-Pimiento Cheese Cornbread
 
Makes 1 (10-inch) loaf
Ingredients
  • ½ pound bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2½ cups whole buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups pimiento cheese*, divided
Instructions
  1. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until browned and crisp. Remove bacon using a slotted spoon, and let drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°. Place skillet with drippings in oven until very hot, about 3 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Stir egg mixture into cornmeal mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened; stir in ½ cup bacon and 1 cup pimiento cheese. Carefully spread batter into hot skillet.
  4. Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together remaining bacon and remaining 1 cup pimiento cheese. Serve with hot cornbread.
Notes
*We used Pawleys Island Palmetto Cheese.