Try These 8 Easy Recipes To Use Up Your Leftover Cornbread

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When Life Gives You Corn

Cornbread rarely comes in small portions. If you’ve made any lately, you might have ended up with more than you can handle. It’s not quite the same consistency as traditional bread, so what are your options when it comes to leftovers?

A lot, it turns out. Here are eight recipes to help make the most of your leftover cornbread, from soup to salad and plenty in between.

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1. Baked Cornbread French Toast

I’m all about this recipe right here. It looks to me like we’re essentially making bread pudding with a custard-adjacent sauce. I will absolutely be trying this.

Recipe: My Sequined Life

Homemade Funeral Potatoes Casserole

2. Cornbread Strata

Cornbread strata is somewhere between cornbread pudding and a frittata. This is a good vessel to channel your inner Bobby Flay and lean into Southwestern flavors, so consider getting wild with some beans, cheese, and cilantro. 

Recipe: Food52

Conch Fritters, Florida Keys

3. Cornbread Dressing Fritters

Major originality points on this one. A hush puppy is simple enough, but I love the idea of upgrading this into fritters made of cornbread dressing (or stuffing, for those of you who use the word incorrectly). 

Recipe: The Buttered Home

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5. Cornbread Panzanella

The classic tomato and crouton salad is a perfect format for any leftover cornbread you’ve got, especially if the cornbread is already stale. You can make the bread into croutons by lightly coating them in olive oil and a little bit of salt, then baking them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.

Recipe: Real Simple

Related: I Tried 8 Cornbread Mixes and This Was the Best

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6. Cornbread Salad

I like the fun, over-the-top nature of the “salad” shown in Southern Living's recipe photo. The layers seem like the key. If somebody brought this to a BBQ, I don’t think I’d stop staring at it the entire time. 

Recipe: Southern Living

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chicken cornbread bake by Marco Verch (CC BY)

7. Chicken and Cornbread Casserole

There are so many different types of cornbread casseroles in this world, but you really can’t go wrong with a classic chicken-and-cheese combo. As with most chicken dishes, using the thigh will yield the tastiest results.

Recipe: Bread Booze Bacon

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8. Cornbread Quiche

There’s nothing like good quiche. Cornbread can rule the morning if you nail it right, and this recipe with sausage, cheese, and plenty of spices looks perfect.

Recipe: Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen