Monday, April 1, 2013

BBQ-Cornbread Casserole

When I'm working on a novel, it's hard to be a serious cook.
It's even harder to blog about food.  I knew I was in trouble when I stopped using cake mixes and began hacking up store-bought desserts.
What to do.
I don't want my family to east fast food.
Yet I have limited kitchen time. Luckily, my eldest son, Trey, is a professional chef, trained in Charleston, South Carolina, and he gave me a new recipe.
If you have leftover cornbread and roast, AND if
you like BBQ concoctions,
this recipe is for you. It takes minutes to prepare (or you can prepare it ahead of time and refrigerate).

Chef Trey's BBQ Cornbread Casserole
What You Need:
leftover cornbread
leftover pork (or beef) 
bottled BBQ sauce or homemade
chopped green onions
shredded cheese
cole slaw

First, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, cube the leftover cornbread and place it in the bottom of a lightly greased (PAM is fine) baking dish. Next, shred the leftover pork or beef.

Put the meat in a bowl and add BBQ sauce.
Place meat over the cornbread.

Add more BBQ sauce, 1 tablespoon at a time.
This will prevent the casserole from being too dry.

Top the meat with shredded cheese.
My younger son wasn't sure if he would like cheese and BBQ, so I only sprinkled half of the casserole with shredded mozzarella.

 Bake the casserole for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the cole slaw.

Simple Lo-Cal Slaw
1 bag cole slaw mix
Duke's mayo (fat free)
chopped onions, celery, peppers, garlic
green onions
white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste 

 Remove casserole from oven.
Oh, Bandy, you'll be sorry about that cheese.
 Sprinkle the top with chopped green onions. 
Add more sauce, if you like. 
(I think Elvis would have approved of this recipe.)
I put a dollop of slaw on top and garnished with more onions and sauce,
but I'm decadent that way.

Chef Trey makes a vinegary Carolina sauce. He  serves this dish with homemade hushpuppies.

Thanks, Trey!

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  1. Sounds delicious to me! Great use of leftovers. xo

  2. Oh my! All my favorite flavors in one dish. Why didn't I think of this?

  3. Knew I was in deep doo-doo when I read the title of this post!!!!! Can't wait to try the recipe!

  4. This is a keeper! What a yummy easy recipe. Thanks Michael Lee and Trey! I love love love all the renovations going on at your home! Just perfection!!!

  5. This is something we could "sink our teeth into"!!!! YUM! Thanks to you both! XO, Pinky

  6. You got me at my son Trey is a chef trained in son wishes he could go to culinary school...I am going to share this recipe with him, he will LOVE it...BBQ is always on his grill on Sunday. Totally off subject and probably inappropriate here but I spent my day babysitting my 2 week old granddaughter who slept like an angel and let me read 1/2 of Gone with a Hansomer Man! I asked my daughter if I could babysit again tomorrow...what a FUN BOOK! I love your special recipes, I can so relate...

  7. Yum! I could handle a huge serving of that! Thanks for sharing.

  8. That sounds so good! Great busy day recipe, I will make that this week!! Thank you and your son for sharing with us!!!

  9. Sounds great.
    Trying this and passing the recipe along to friends.

    Thank you!

  10. dang if this doesn't look fabulous! my husband would go wild over this... i have never even made cold slaw before... i love the one stop shop, you put all the south down on one plate! fabulous pics too~

  11. I love Corn Bread and Barbecue, and Cheese, and Meat and Cole Slaw. I could go on and on but I will stop here! :) You make everything looks so fantastic! You make me feel like I have a crush on food the way you present it and all.. (batting my eyelashes! LOL)


  12. Sounds delicious, what isn't there to love in this casserole!