As mentioned last week, FiveStar recently participated in the 16th annual National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. We were pleased to provide ranges for the annual Cornbread Cook-off — a live cooking competition that brings together ten home chefs to compete for the coveted cast iron cornbread championship crown.

This year’s competitors were as fierce as ever, boasting some ultra-tasty cornbread recipes the likes of which have seldom been seen (well, since last year anyway)… The ten finalists were chosen from over 1,000 unique entries. This was the cream of the cornbread crop, y’all!

The competition took place all day Saturday at the festival. Each of the two “heats” consisted of five contestants and an hour and a half to complete the creation of his/her recipe from start to finish. The guidelines were that each recipe include Martha White® cornbread mix, that it be prepared using Lodge® Cast Iron cookware, and that it be cooked in a FiveStar Range.

Here is the list of ten finalists and their respective cornbread dishes, in no particular order:

Dee G. from Acworth, Georgia:
Ragin’ Cajun Cornbread topped with Etouffee

Lisa K. from Middlebury, Connecticut:
Sweet Yellow Cornbread, Sausage & Tomato Pie with a Garlic Cream Drizzle

Rene P. from Wilmington, North Carolina:
Seafood and Okra Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

Richard S. from Waterford, Connecticut:
Jerk Shrimp & Caribana Corn Cakes

Janice E. from Charlotte, North Carolina:
Glorious Greek Shrimp with Crispy Cornbread Cubes

Jeanette N. from Crab Orchard, West Virginia:
Marvelous Mediterranean Chicken Sausage Cornbread Dinner

Cristy K. from Scott Depot, West Virginia:
Peaches and Cream Cornbread with Maple Sausage

Melanie M. from Knoxville, Tennessee:
Sweet Cornbread Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa

Ronna F. from Rockville, Maryland:
Skillet Chicken Cornbread Pudding Mexicana

Tim G. from Oliver Springs, Tennessee:
Italian Sausage Stuffed Bell Pepper Rings

Y’all shoulda smelled that place. Mmmmmmm mmmmmm! As each dish was plated and judged, attendees couldn’t help but be swept up in the sweet smells of cornbread. It was magical.

Later this week, I’ll reveal the winners… and the very best part: the recipes!



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