Cast Iron Gouda Cornbread (with or without) Ramps

Ramp Queens, April 20, 2014


Cast Iron Gouda Cornbread (with or without) Ramps

A lovely twist on a Western North Carolina classic cornbread dish.


  • 1 c cornmeal
  • ½ c all purpose flour
  • ½ c whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 3 small eggs
  • ½ c yogurt
  • 1 c half & half
  • 8 tbsp butter, olive oil, lard or bacon drippings (4 ounces)
  • 1 bunch of ramps, minced (add more if want it to be more ramp power)
  • 4/5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 c cheese (love Gouda!)


Chop ramps, then in small sauce pan, heat the butter, olive oil, lard or bacon drippings (the recipe uses combination of lard and bacon drippings).  Add ramps and sauté for a couple of minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°. Use a pastry brush to ‘butter’ 8-10 inch cast iron pan from the saucepan drippings. Reserve a tablespoon or two of the melted oil in a small dish.

Let the ramp mixture cool. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, chili together. Set aside. Now whisk eggs, sour cream, half & half, and ramp mixture.

Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.  Use a wooden spoon to mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Pour the mixture into the cast iron pan, jiggle to level. Sprinkle ½ c of the cheese over the top.  Bake for 10 minutes. Add the remaining cheese mixed the reserved oil.

Bake for 10+ minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Originally  published by Asheville food bloggers, The Culinary Armadillos  – this recipe has become one of our new favorites.

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