20 Awesome Leftover Cornbread Recipes

cIf by some miracle you actually have some leftover cornbread, you need a good leftover recipe so that you don’t have to throw your food away.

Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to turn your leftovers into something delicious.

20 Awesome Leftover Cornbread Recipes

There’s no bad time to eat moist cornbread, but if you don’t know what to make, things can get frustrating.

In fact, most people end up throwing their leftovers away which is a big waste of food.

Today, we want to stop you from doing the same. In this article, you’ll find 20 awesome leftover cornbread recipes. Whether it be making a tasty topping or a delicious dinner, we’ve got a recipe for you.

If you want to make the most of your leftover cornbread, make sure you stick around!

1. Cornbread Croutons

One of the easiest ways to use leftover cornbread is to make some delicious cornbread croutons.

Croutons are small cubes of bread that are beautifully seasoned using a variety of herbs and spices, before being baked.

Requiring very little time and only a handful of ingredients, this is a super easy recipe that offers a fantastic crunch.

Simple, yet flavorful, these cornbread croutons can be used in soup, salad, and chilis dishes. 

2. Fried Cornbread And Eggs

Another wonderfully simple leftover cornbread recipe is this fried cornbread and eggs recipe. The best thing about this recipe is that it brings a new lease of life to a classic breakfast food. 

Let’s face it, fried eggs can get a little boring, so it makes perfect sense to spice things up a bit with some cornbread.

Pairing brilliantly with the eggs, the cornbread offers subtle, yet effective flavor and delightful texture that combines with the eggs perfectly. 

Topping the dish with cheese, jalapenos, and hot sauce will take things to a whole new level.

3. Cornbread Pudding 

If you have leftover skillet cornbread consider making this cornbread pudding. Made in less than an hour, this simple recipe only requires basic ingredients you’ll most likely already have in your pantry. 

Despite being a simple recipe, it packs a punch with loads of flavors and a gorgeous moist texture.

The recipe is so good that you’ll have your friends and family asking for it time and time again.

The pudding is a great combination of cornbread cubes, cheese, fresh herbs, and an egg-milk mixture. 

4. Cornbread Casserole

Next up, we have this hearty cornbread casserole recipe. Another dish made in less than an hour, this is a great leftover recipe for those of you that want to make a healthy dinner for the family. 

It works best when you have a fair amount of leftover cornbread. An awesome comfort food, the golden color of the casserole along with the vibrancy and freshness of the veggies is divine. 

Warm and comforting, this is also a fabulous recipe for vegetarians. Packed with nutrients, make sure you give it a try.

5. Cornbread Buttermilk Soup

If you have day-old leftover cornbread, you can use it to make a super comforting soup.

A perfect soup for any season, this cornbread soup recipe is incredibly satisfying and full of flavor.

The cornbread helps to elevate the soup, offering a delightful thickness and subtle sweetness.

However, the star of the show has to be the buttermilk. With high-quality buttermilk, this soup can be super rich and creamy. 

Use your favorite spices to create a delicious medley of flavors.

6. Mexican Sausage & Cornbread Strata

For those that don’t know, strata is a casserole variant, most commonly eaten for breakfast or brunch.

Using similar cooking methods to a casserole, this specific strata recipe uses your leftover cornbread and Mexican flavors to create a tasty family meal.

Cheesy, crispy, smooth, and packed full of both sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, you’ll love everything about this dish.

However, for us, the best thing about it has to be how the recipe can be altered. You can easily change up the veggies in the recipe to make a strata you’ll enjoy more.

7. Cornbread Chicken Bake

In our opinion, the combination of chicken and cornbread in this recipe is a match made in heaven. After one bite, we’re sure you’ll agree.

The chicken and cornbread are both slightly sweet in their own way, but they still manage to compliment each other perfectly.

This recipe combines the two ingredients with cheesy goodness, creating a hearty, creamy dish that’s certain to fill you up.

We’re sure there won’t be any leftover cornbread after you share this dish with your family.

8. Cornbread Stuffing

If you don’t have much cornbread leftover, you could always alter this recipe to make a simple, yet comforting cornbread stuffing.

Great for Thanksgiving, this recipe takes a little longer to make than others, but the end result is stunning.

Filling, delicately sweet, light, and crumbly, this recipe gives you everything you’d expect from stuffing and more.

Easily change the ingredients you serve your cornbread stuffing with to add your own personal touch.

9. Cornbread Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are one of those versatile foods that will always be popular. Surprisingly easy to make, you can saute, grill, and deep fry crab cakes with ease. 

This recipe uses leftover cornbread to make vibrant, golden-colored crab cakes full of healthy veggies and a medley of spices.

Shallow-fried, you can expect hearty crab cakes full of spicy flavors and a subtle sweetness from the cornbread.

Add a dash of lemon to the mixture to add a slight tanginess to the cakes too. You can also use this recipe to make your own fishcakes.

10. Cornbread French Toast

Without a doubt, brioche is the best bread to use when making French toast. However, an excellent plan B is your leftover cornbread.

This recipe might be more unpopular than others on our list, but we promise you, it’s one of the tastiest. Cornbread is an unusual ingredient to use in French toast, but for some reason, it just works. 

Quick and easy to make, this recipe is amazing. Simply prepare your bread, dip them in the egg mixture, and cook them.

You can get creative with the toppings but strawberries and honey go nicely.

11. Apple Cornbread Stuffed Pork Loin

If you want to get a little more creative with your leftover cornbread, give this apple cornbread stuffed pork loin recipe from Martha Stewart a try.

Giving you the chance to enjoy pork loin like you never have before, this recipe is packed with flavor and filling and is an awesome party pleaser.

The sweetness of the apple and cornbread stuffing compliment the salty, meaty flavors of the pork wonderfully.

The combination of apple, onion, herbs, and cornbread not only adds flavor but also helps trap in those meaty juices, guaranteeing the best texture.

12. Cornbread Salad

This eye-popping cornbread salad recipe might just be the easiest leftover recipe on this list. Made in just 30 minutes, this salad is the perfect light lunch for those hot summer days.

It’s also a great option for anyone preparing food for a large gathering.

Colorful, healthy, and adaptable, you can easily add any veggies or meats you like to the salad. The recipe calls for bacon, cheese, and an array of vibrant veggies.

The cornbread adds a different texture to the salad and balances out the tanginess of the dressing and cheese with its delicate sweetness.

13. Cornbread Stuffing Waffles

Let’s be honest, it’s easy to go overboard with our stuffing at Thanksgiving. We seem to always end up throwing it away the next day.

Thanks to the next recipe on our list, you no longer have to.

Using your day-old stuffing, you can make a delicious stack of breakfast waffles. This recipe will help you make a gorgeous golden stack of light, fluffy, and crispy waffles.

More filling and flavor-packed than normal waffles, you can also combine the recipe with your leftover veggies and turkey.

14. Cornbread Sausage Quiche

Quiche is a tasty French tart with a light, flaky pie crust, and a comforting filling. Popular all over the United States, we can use our leftover cornbread to make a beautiful cornbread sausage quiche. 

Putting a very southern twist on a classic, the sausage adds a divine meaty flavor to the dish, while the grated cheese offers a savory flavor and awesome texture.

If you’re looking for that little bit of something extra, use spicy sausage or a BBQ sauce to liven things up.

15. Greek Yogurt Cornbread Trifle

Did you know that you can actually use cornbread to make a tasty trifle? Well, you do now!

This cornbread dessert is a fantastic way to end a dinner party with friends and family.

Sweet, tangy, and full of interesting textures, this trifle recipe looks great, tastes even better, and is incredibly easy to make. 

This trifle has four main ingredients that go together fantastically.

The cornbread slices sit at the bottom, with the cranberry sauce, Greek yogurt, and lemon zest sitting above them.

16. Spicy Squash Dressing And Cornbread

Ready to eat in less than 50 minutes, the next leftover cornbread recipe on our list is a great veggie side dish.

Great for those of you hosting a party, this side dish consists of a mashup of cornbread dressing and Tex-Mex yellow squash casserole.

The ingredients used to make the dish include butter, cornbread, yellow squash, onion, bell peppers, green chiles, cheese, salt, pepper, mushrooms, cumin, milk, and flour. 

The sweetness of the cornbread and squash is balanced out nicely with the earthy, spicy flavors of the chiles.

17. Cornmeal Orange Pancakes

If you love pancakes, you’ll absolutely love this next recipe. We’d go as far as saying that this orange cornmeal pancake recipe is unlike any cornbread recipe you’ve ever tried. 

All you need to make the pancakes is crumbled cornbread, egg, milk, salt, vanilla, orange zest, and orange juice. 

The mixture is added to the cornbread before being cooked just like any other pancake.

The end result is a tangy, sweet batch of pancakes that make a fabulous breakfast or snack.

18. Cornbread Crumbs

It may seem a bit simple, but one of the easiest ways to use any leftover cornbread is to turn it into bread crumbs.

Aside from the ease of doing so, one of the best things about this recipe is how versatile the breadcrumbs are.

You can use the breadcrumbs to season a wide range of foods and coat various types of meat.

Once made, you could even freeze the breadcrumbs ready for seasoning and use at a later date.

19. Tomato And Cornbread Panzanella

The penultimate leftover cornbread recipe on our list is this epic tomato and cornbread Panzanella recipe.

For those that haven’t had it before, Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan-style salad made using onions, tomatoes, a tangy dressing, and stale bread. 

Instead of stale bread, this recipe calls for your leftover cornbread. Simply cut the cornbread into cubes and toast it until beautifully crispy. 

The combination of fresh flavors and light dressing gives this salad a burst of summer vibes.

20. Cornbread Breakfast Casserole

The final recipe on our list is arguably the best breakfast cornbread recipe out there. If you were to ask us, it’s also the most impressive in terms of appearance. 

Chili and cornbread are the main ingredients in this tasty, elegant breakfast bake.

Featuring multiple layers, the casserole is only made more satisfying with the addition of the eggs and fried onions, which sit proudly on top.

Impressive-looking, filling, and totally scrummy, this is a breakfast the whole family can tuck into.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Will Cornbread Last In A Refrigerator?

If you keep your cornbread in an airtight container, it should last for up to a week. The cornbread will only deteriorate quicker when exposed to excessive moisture.

Is Cornbread Healthy?

Yes, cornbread is healthy. It is a good source of several nutrients. Those nutrients are iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, folates, potassium, vitamins, and folic acid. 

Should You Refrigerate Leftover Cornbread?

Ideally, you don’t want to refrigerate leftover cornbread. However, if you need to, you can.

Leftover cornbread, in an airtight container, will be fine in a refrigerator for a couple of days. 

If you need to keep it for longer, we recommend baking it first as that will keep it fresh for longer.

Final Thoughts

That concludes our article looking at leftover cornbread recipes. As you can see from our list, there are plenty of awesome recipes to choose from.

Whether you want to make a dessert, breakfast, or dinner out of your leftover cornbread, we have something on our list for you. All you have to do now is decide which recipe you want to try first.

If you have plenty of cornbread leftover, you could give a couple of different recipes a try.

20 Awesome Leftover Cornbread Recipes

20 Awesome Leftover Cornbread Recipes

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Do you have leftover cornbread and don’t know what to do with it? Make the most of your leftovers with one of these 20 awesome leftover cornbread recipes.

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