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Spoonbread Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese and a soft spoonbread combined into one meal. It’s the ultimate BBQ side dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 8 people


  • 2 cups elbow mac
  • 3/4 cups fine cornmeal
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar and jack cheeses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • scallions and jalapenos for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Boil the pasta about 2 minutes less than the package says, in well salted water.
  • In a large bowl, add the cornmeal. When the pasta has about 30 seconds left, take 1 cup of the boiling pasta water out of the pat and whisk it into the cornmeal. Add the pasta directly from the pot to the cornmeal mixture using a hand strainer. Mix well. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the buttermilk to the bowl and stir to combine. Add in the eggs and mix well. Stir in the sour cream, cheese, honey, and jalapenos.
  • Lastly stir in the baking powder. Pour the pasta mixture into a large baking dish and bake for about 35 minutes until the center just slightly jiggles when you shake the pan.
  • Top with the scallions and jalapenos and serve.