The other evening I was perusing my recent recipes and holding an intelligent conversation with myself regarding chocolate, bacon and side dishes.

And I decided that I was going to throw some cheese into my cornbread recipe, because everything needs cheese. Everything. Even cheese needs cheese.
And then I decided that I was going to try and make croutons from said cornbread, because I was bored and felt like setting the oven on fire. Which did happen, by the way.

The above pan is Mother Lovett’s. One of her old, ancient ones. I love using it. It makes me feel… warm and fuzzy. And old. Let’s not mention that it was in near-perfect condition before I got my hands on it. For the 30-40+ years it was in her possession, she kept it clean and spotless.
Once it made it into my house, it was destroyed in days, like all of my skillets and sheet pans. Mr. How Sweet does a number on my kitchen tools. You don’t even want to know. If it’s a non-stick pan, he sprays just enough non-stick spray on to ruin it. He leaves syrupy, thick general tso’s sauce on my pans. He scrapes and scratches my skillets with metal utensils. This simply means that I get new items often. And then the cycle continues.

I have gone out of my way to keep this tiny rectangular pan out of his hands. I love the size and it’s perfect for foods like croutons and toasted sandwiches.
Have you ever have cornbread croutons? I had not. They are brilliant. Maybe even more so since they are laced with sharp cheddar cheese. They are dense and salty and crunchy and mouth-watering delicious. I had originally intended them for use on a salad, but started to convulse when I thought about greens. So into a bowl of soup they went for me to devour them.

Cheddar Cornbread Croutons

1 batch cornbread + 1 cup cheddar cheese

Bake cornbread with cheddar cheese addition, let cool completely, and cut into chunks. Heat oven to 400 degrees and lay cornbread cubes on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, flipping once, or until golden brown and crispy.

Serve with salad or soup.

And what came of the bacon + chocolate conversation? You will have to wait and see.

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74 Responses to “Cheddar Cornbread Croutons.”

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — November 15, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    These sound amazing!!! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.


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    Zoe @ Simply Seasonal — November 15, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait for the bacon and chocolate..thing…later on!!


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    Katrina — November 16, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    These would be awesome in a tex-mex salad!!


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    Jennie — November 16, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    “Everything needs cheese Even Cheese needs cheese.”—best.words.ever.
    Nice recipe!


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    Erin — November 16, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    OMG those croutons look delish! There’s a little southern barbecue place here (in SoCal) that makes the most fabulous blackened catfish caesar salad with cornbread croutons! I’m salivating just thinking about it…


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    Ashley — November 16, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    I’m kind of freaking out about this….this is an AMAZING genius idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Favorite photo is the shot of them on the baking sheet. :)


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    jimmy — November 17, 2010 @ 12:20 am



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    Sanjeeta kk — November 17, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    These are crispy and lovely looking croutons. Nice to have dropped here, lovely site. Best wishes.


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    Candace Karu — November 17, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    Holy moley…cheddar cornbread is my favorite. Making them into croutons is inspired! I can’t wait to share this idea with all my cheddar-loving peeps. Thanks for this.


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    JennEJenn — November 21, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

    I am going to have to give this a try, would make a welcome addition to chili!


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    Holly — May 13, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    OMG- how did I JUST see this recipe?!?!
    I am drooling over it- YUM!!
    Now I’m going to have to make chili in this 102 degree weather just so that I can have these croutons with it!! :)


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    Suz — September 28, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    This is just what I was looking for – a way to use up left over cornbread! Thanks for posting.



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