Fat Johnny’s Cheesy Cornbread

Chez John (aka Fat Johnny) turns out some mighty darned good grub (check out his awesome blog at Fat Johnny’s Front Porch). Like his Fat Johnny’s cheesy cornbread. We absolutely love the addition of sweet corn to cornbread. The cornbread cooks up perfectly. Soft and moist with an incredible cheesy flavor.
Fat Johnny's Cheesy CornbreadJust about anything can be added to Fat Johnny’s cheese cornbread. Try finely chopped cooked Mexican chorizo. Or ham or bacon. Or broccoli. Really, anything.

We cooked the cornbread in round pans, but of course you can use muffin tins instead. The cornbread might cook quicker in tins, so keep an eye on it after about 15 minutes of cooking.

Fat Johnny's Cheesy Cornbread

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Chez John

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup corn kernels fresh or canned, drained
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup fine diced sweet onion
  • 1 cup plus more, buttermilk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  • Set out two medium bowls.
  • In one bowl, gently stir together all of the wet ingredients.
  • In the other bowl stir together the dry ingredients.
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, forming a batter. If it's too clumpy add more buttermilk, a little at a time, and stir.
  • Pour batter into a muffin tin or pie pan.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Kaw-Cajun 4-Bean Salad

This Kaw-Cajun 4-bean salad is an incredible take on a traditional bean salad. Chez John (of Fat Johnny’s Front Porch fame) gave me this recipe a few years ago. It has become a favorite of ours. It’s not the beans that set this salad apart from the rest, it’s the dressing. Who would’ve thought that tomato soup in a bean salad would be so good that you’d just want to drink the liquid all day?

Kaw-Cajun 4-Bean Salad

This recipe makes a pretty good sized batch, but you’ll want to double or triple it for a big family get-together. And be sure to make it a day ahead, because the beans get even happier after an all-night soak in the dressing.

Also try my southern kidney bean salad and my tangy bean salad. And my all-time classic favorite, my mom’s bean salad.

Kaw-Cajun 4-Bean Salad

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Chez John

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

For the salad

  • 2 cans green beans drained
  • 1 can wax beans drained
  • 1 can kidney beans rinsed, drained
  • 1 can lima beans drained
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cups diced celery and some of the leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small jar pimentos with liquid

Instructions

For the dressing

  • Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir to make sure the sugar is dissolved completely. Remove from heat.

For the salad

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add dressing and stir to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

Kaw-Cajun Comeback Sauce

I put Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce on just about anything. Po boys. Regular sandwiches (making them not just regular!). Wraps. Anything.

This recipe comes from Chez John from Fat Johnny’s Front Porch. Do not omit the grated onion and garlic – they really make this sauce a keeper. If you cannot find Cajun Power Sauces where you are you can order them online. Although you can substitute other sauces, this sauce is best made with Cajun Power. It’s also fantastic on chicken wings.Cheater Crispy Chicken Po Boy

Here are some of our favorite uses for Kaw-Cajun Comeback Sauce.

“Cheater” Popcorn Shrimp Po boy
Chicken Nugget Po Boy
Crunchy Tilapia Po Boy
Grilled Smoked Sausage Po Boy
Hamburger Po Boy
Roasted Black Pepper Shrimp Po Boy
Smoked Pulled Pork Po Boy
Taco Po Boy

 

Kaw-Cajun Comeback Sauce

Put this sauce on every sandwich you make!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 pints
Author Chez John

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least one hour before using.