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Randy Travis's Southern Corn Bread

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


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Country singer Randy Travis worked as a restaurant chef long before he made it big in Nashville. He has published his own cookbook and specializes in traditional Southern-style meals. He prides himself on his grilling skills, and claims he can carry on a conversation or sing a tune while tending steaks or barbecuing chicken.

Travis's corn bread recipe is easy to make, inexpensive, and filling. It is the perfect companion to a bowl of chili, anything barbecued, navy bean soup, or a hearty salad of dark greens (it's also perfect when paired with a cooked "mess o' greens"). It is sure to become a favorite in your family. This is a frugal, yet delicious side dish to take to a church potluck dinner.

If you have teenagers at home, you may want to make a double batch.


Randy Travis's Southern Corn Bread


Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F. Spread the shortening over the bottom of a heavy cast-iron skillet and place in the oven.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add the eggs and milk, stirring quickly to form a stiff batter. Do not overwork or the corn bread will become tough.

Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 to 45 minutes. Let it cool a few minutes, then turn it out onto a large work surface or cutting board. Cut into wedges and serve warm.

Serves 4-6.


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Source: Leach, Robin, The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Cookbook, Viking Studio Books, NY, 1992.