Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 2 (8.5-ounce) boxes corn muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 (8-ounce) container cottage cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Cheddar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed but not drained

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix together all ingredients except 2 tablespoons Cheddar to create a batter in a bowl.

In a 10-inch cast iron skillet melt butter. Saute onions and broccoli until soft. Pour batter over the vegetable mixture and sprinkle top evenly with remaining cheese. You can also place the ingredients in an 11 by 17-inch baking dish.

Bake in oven until golden, 30 minutes.

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    It's the best cornbread recipe ever!
    This is really good! For those who don't like cottage cheese - don't worry, it totally melts into the bread and you wouldn't even know it was there if you hadn't made it yourself. Just make sure you read all of the directions prior to preparing. They tell you to mix ALL of the ingredients together except for 2 T of the cheddar cheese. Then, in the next paragraph, they tell you to melt the butter to sauté the onions and broccoli - so, just a word of caution. This is a great dish for a potluck - so enjoy!
    Very tasty. I cut the recipe in half because there is only 2 of us. I steamed the broccoli in the microwave. I didn't have cottage cheese so i substituted cream cheese and placed the onions and garlic in the bowl with the butter that i melted in the microwave. Next time I will purchase the cottage cheese. Also, I used salted butter and did not add any additional salt. I will probably reduce the butter next time but I had already made so many changes. 
    The Neely's never let me down... this was delish! I made it exactly how it was listed and it came out great! My family loved it and asked me to make more!
    Best cornbread ever, moist, tasty and delicious. We had a contest for the best cornbread at the office, I made this recipe and won first price. I will make this again for my family and friends. The Neelys are always right on!
    Great flavor and great way to get kids to eat veggies and cornbread!
    This is a crowd pleasing side dish, if you want a bumped up, turnt up cornbread, look no further. I recommend stirring the broccoli mixture into the batter, it evenly distributes the veggies into the corn bread. I have made this 3 times and am already planning to make it again. The girls at work insist on it, they are not easy to please.
    DON'T add salt! My first try was far too salty. There is plenty in the cornbread mixes. Also, STIR onion and broccoli mixture into the batter. I made it in my fry pan as directed and was disappointed that the bottom of the bread was almost slimy upon serving. Flavor delicious. Cottage cheese gives moisture and is unidentifiable to those who have second thoughts.
    This cornbread was awesome great job!!!!!! :
    This cornbread was great, I only had a 13 x 9 baking pan it worked out great. I madea sample dish to make certain it tasted okay for our dinner at church tomorrow. I have no worries about this dish being enjoyed.
    Someone brought this to our quilting club luncheon and it was the best. It all disappeared from her platter in a matter of minutes!!
    I made this cornbread for my teenage kids didn't think they would eat it. Wrong Loved it will be making it for christmas dinner also have to take some to work for a co-worker and her kids.
    First time I made this the broccoli and onions did stay on the bottom. But the second time I made it and i did mix everything together and HOLY COW this is the best cornbread i have ever had. Those Neelys know how to cook good food.
    As written this recipe does not work. You will end up with yummy cornbread sitting on top of a slimy layer of cooked broccoli. The cooked broccoli and onion must be fully combined with the batter before baking.
    My husband is from Jamaica and not a big fan of cornbread, I tried this recipe even though I don't like cottage cheese. The cottage cheese is the secret to how incredible moist the bread is; this is really a great recipe. My husband just loved it and stated "that's the best cornbread I ever had, your such a great cook".
    This was very yummy, only the boxed cornbread is a little too sweet. I want to try it again with cornbread made from scratch.
    I love this cornbread... I added a little bit of white sugar and blended the batter with the broccoli, garlic & onions and it was very soft and moist even 1 day later.. this is a my family's favorite cornbread now thanks guy's..
    The best cornbread ever. It was fairly easy to make and freeze for later.
    I don't usually go for recipes with words like "Broccoli" and "Cornbread" in them. But this dish is simply wonderful. It's moist and flavorful. The cornbread flavor is there, but doesn't dominate.

    I used extra sharp cheddar to help the cheese flavor compete with the other ingredients. I also used a 12 ounce bag of frozen broccoli florets and sliced them into smaller pieces. Because I used salted butter, I decreased the salt to one teaspoon.

    Don't limit this dish as an accommpaniment to chicken and pork. It goes quite well with a steak. I can't wait to have it with ham.
    I would have never thought this combination would taste sooo good. My cousin brought it over for dinner and I couldn't stop eating it. I asked where she got the recipe. When she told me I looked it up and couldn't believe some of the ingredients. This is a winner!
    This was easy and delicious! Just one word of warning-decrease the salt.
    I thought it was good, my husband ate it but wasnt crazy about it.
    Perfect example of good ol' southern flavor and deliciousness!
    So good! Lots of flavor. Nice change from the regular corn bread recipe made at holiday time.
    I love it. I've made it a few times and it's always a hit with the family.
    My mom came to visit and this episode came on, so naturally she made this because it looked so good. I don't like cottage cheese so she omitted that ingredient and it was delicious!
    Really good even for sneaking in some veges for the kids lol...
    I love this recipe. I have been making it for potlucks and family gatherings for about a year now (whenever the episode first aired). It's perfect, no changes necessary and it's always a hit.
    I made this for a 2nd time last night. The first time I followed the directions to the letter. Made some changes to the preparations for the 2nd time and it was even better than the first time.

    I sauted the onions and broccoli with the butter AND with the minced garlic in a frying pan.

    Then followed the directions for the batter (without the garlic since I have it with onions/broccoli and substituted ricotta (16ozfor the cottage cheese (No self-respecting Italian would ever use cottage cheese!. Added small can of kernel corn (drained and cut the salt to 2 teaspoons.
    I then blended the onion/broccoli mixture WITH the batter and poured it into pan and baked it in oven.

    Combining the batter with the onion/garlic/butter/broccoli mixture instead of pouring the batter over the mixture made this recipe more moist and flavorful this way.
    very good. used low fat cheeses and not all of the butter.

    @ can you rate something and add changes before you have even made it!! Make the recipe THEN post your comments!
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