PeachDish – All About Spoon Bread
August 03, 2016 by Emily Clausen

All About Spoon Bread

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Spoon Bread is a dish unique to the South. Like so many Southen dishes, its history is borrowed from different cultures and times. Also like many Southern dishes-- your grandmother probably has a very specific way to make it-- one she's willing to fight for. We'd like to humbly offer our spoonbread with this week's Sauteed Catfish with Spoon Bread and Buttered Green Beans. We promise it's so good that not even Grandma could fuss you for trying something new.

What is Spoon Bread?

Since we've sort of put the cart before the horse, let's backtrack a little. Spoon bread is pure comfort food. It's what happens when sweet corn comes together with eggs and butter to make a rich, fluffy souffle. Spoon bread is deliciously light and almost floats out of its baking dish to rest gently next to toasty, golden fish and buttery green beans.

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Why is Spoon Bread a Southern Classic?

Aside from its obvious total yumminess, spoon bread's history is as rich as it tastes. The Native Americans prized corn-- it was a staple crop that was so versatile it could be served at almost every meal. Southern Americans combined Native American corn porridges and cakes with their own English-rooted savory puddings to create a special cornbread that was at once homey and elegant.

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How Do I Make Such a Tasty Creation?

PeachDish is happy to help! Our recipe breaks it down step-by-step. Souffles and their ilk can sometimes be tempermental. The biggest tricks are to pour your batter into a piping-hot dish so the pudding has a jump on rising and to remember that using butter in moderation doesn't keep just you light. Spoon bread works on a balance of nations and ingredients that is simply timeless, so grab your spoons and dig in!

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