Caramelized Onion and Thyme Cornbread

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Caramelized Onion and Thyme Cornbread

Every breadbasket needs a hearty cornbread in it, and this recipe has no shortage of deliciousness thanks to silky, sweet onions and herbs along with crispy edges and a fluffy center.

Caramelized Onion and Thyme Cornbread
 
Makes 1 (10-inch) loaf
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 cups sliced yellow onion (about 2 medium onions)
  • 2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2½ cups whole buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Garnish: fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Reserve ½ cup onion in a small bowl. Transfer remaining onion to a medium bowl.
  3. Wipe skillet clean. Add remaining 6 tablespoons butter to skillet, and place in oven until butter is melted and skillet is hot.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, thyme, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and eggs. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened; stir in onions.
  5. Carefully pour melted butter into batter; stir until well combined. Spread batter into hot skillet; top with reserved onion.
  6. Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes; serve hot. Garnish with thyme, if desired.