Cornbread Pudding is a delicious way to use up leftover skillet cornbread! Cubes of leftover cornbread are spread in a baking dish, sprinkled with green onions, fresh herbs and cheese, then covered in a mixture of eggs and milk and baked until bubbly and lightly browned on the outside, delicate and custard-like in the center.
Cornbread pudding is delicious any time of year and makes a perfect side dish for a holiday meal. It's also incredibly versatile! Swap in your favorite cheese; I'm thinking of using smoked mozzarella next. Add bacon and serve it with a side salad for an easy lunch or dinner or top it with a fried egg for a knock-out breakfast. In the summer, add fresh corn cut from the cob for extra sweetness and crunch. You could even serve it on Thanksgiving or Christmas in place of traditional stuffing / dressing, adding fresh sage, roasted chestnuts and sausage.
Delicious Options for Leftover Cornbread
I love to make Cornbread Salad with leftover Skillet Cornbread (My go-to cornbread recipe, made with whole grain cornmeal, sweet corn, and melted butter for all of those crispy edges) or Mexican Cornbread (with jalapeños and cheddar cheese). But it's always fun to have options and this savory and moist corn casserole, similar to a Southern spoonbread, is irresistible. A riff on the one served at Etta's restaurant in Seattle - this Cornbread Pudding recipe is just lightened up a bit with a few ingredient twists.
How to Make Cornbread Pudding
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish (or coat with cooking spray); set aside. Whisk together milk, eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Step 2: Arrange cubes of leftover cornbread in prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with green onions, fresh herbs and shredded cheese.
Step 3: Pour milk mixture over and let stand 10 minutes before baking.
Step 4: Bake until bubbling and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot!
Cornbread Pudding Recipe Video
- 10 ounces leftover Skillet Cornbread or other leftover cornbread, ~3 ½ cups
- butter for greasing baking dish
- 2 cups whole milk (see recipe note)
- 4 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 green onions finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried
- 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, salt and pepper until smooth.
- Cut leftover cornbread into 1-inch cubes and arrange in a single layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with green onions, parsley, rosemary, thyme and cheese. Pour milk mixture evenly over and let stand 10 minutes to soak into cornbread.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown and set. Serve hot.
- For an even more decadent version, substitute half and half or heavy cream for some of the milk.