Bacon Onion Upside Down Cornbread

I’m going to warn you-this is not for the faint of heart, it is onion rich and bacon heavy and the best thing you will ever eat!


  • 2 Vidalia Onions
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of fine ground yellow cornmeal (I used Quaker-came in a canister like oatmeal)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cooked chopped bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 ounces of 2% cottage cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

  • Slice the Vidalia Onions into rings leaving the rings in order if possible

  • Melt the butter in the cast iron skillet, leave it in the oven until it is melt your face off hot but not scorched

  • Finely chop any remaining Vidalia onion and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes

  • While the onions are cooking mix the batter:

  • Add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine.

  • In a large bowl beat 4 eggs, mix in the cottage cheese, add to cornmeal mix

  • Add the cornmeal mix and bacon and stir to combine

*Now, working quickly, remove the skillet from the oven and lay the rings of onions into the melted butter (be careful-it’s super hot!)

  • Pour the batter over the onions, it is super thick so I spooned it on there and smoothed it out with a wooden spoon

  • Bake the cornbread for 35 minutes or until done.

  • Let the cornbread cool for 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cornbread.

  • Place a plate over the pan and using oven mitts carefully flip the pan over and remove the cornbread from the pan


Before it was flipped

After it was flipped with all the lovely onion-y goodness

All sliced and ready to eat

I may or may not have eaten the whole pone by myself :slight_smile:


I am so making this!

I have more cornmeal flour than regular flour…hey, I live in the South! :wink:

Looks too yummy…and today is grocery shopping day!

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Oh man. I might be drooling over here…

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You are killing me! I need to try this.

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Oh my goodness that looks sooooo scrumptious!! Definitely want to try this!!

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When we lived down south, it was not uncommon for folks to grab a Vidalia, wipe it on their shirt, and take a bite. People eat them like apples.


I just bookmarked this. I miss Southern food SO MUCH!!!


No might about it, I am drooling :smiley::smiley:


Um… Yum!

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YUM!!! This looks great! Onions and bacon? You totally have me! This looks rich enough to be a meal in itself. I must make it - at least the gluten free version because I know Jim will want some too!

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You’re right! I did bring it for lunch the next day-that was all I had and it was a meal in itself.
And gluten free would work out great for this too, just use all corn meal