Great Balls of Fire Cornbread Recipe

The 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis song, Great Balls of Fire is ranked as one of the Top 100 greatest Rock songs ever by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Recorded at SUN Studio, it sold one million copies in its first 10 days of release in the United States and sold over five million copies,and eventually became one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time.

It’s so famous that it inspired its own Great Balls of Fire Cornbread complete with added cheese and jalapeño pepper for the perfect dinner accompaniment.


Butter, for the pan
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup seeded, chopped jalapeño pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil

1. Butter an 8- or 10-inch cast-iron skillet and place it in the oven as it preheats to 400 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs, then stir in corn, buttermilk, cheese, jalapeño and oil. Add to dry mixture and stir until just barely combined.

3. Remove hot skillet from oven, pour in batter, then bake cornbread 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Serves 8.

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  1. I actually don’t even like cornbread that much (I know… I know…), but I seriously want to try this recipe! Sounds delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

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