What to Serve with Cornbread – What Goes? 25 Amazing Sides

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Ever wonder what goes with cornbread? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of what to serve alongside your favorite cornbread recipe. Enjoy!

What to Serve with Cornbread - What Goes? 25 Amazing Sides
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What is Cornbread?

Cornbread is a popular American dish and a staple of Southern US cuisine (especially Southern BBQ cuisine). It has a savory taste that is unlike any other dish.

Although cornbread is associated with Southern Cuisine, the dish actually has its roots in Native American cuisine. Native Americans had already been eating ground corn (maize) thousands of years before European settlers arrived in the New World. 

European settlers learned various recipes for corn dishes from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek peoples. These settlers then devised their own recipes for bread using ground maize or cornmeal instead of the grains found in Europe.

In the Southern and Southwestern parts of the US, people often eat cornbread and pinto beans or collard greens for lunch. Even though cornbread is associated with Southern cuisine, the dish is popular throughout the US. You can often see cornbread at barbecues and cookouts. Cornbread is also a common side dish at dinnertime. 

What to Serve with Cornbread - What Goes? 25 Amazing Sides

In the South, people make traditional cornbread by heating a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet in an oven, pouring a cornbread batter consisting of the simple ingredients of flour, cornmeal, egg, and milk, into the skillet, and then returning the skillet into the oven to bake. You can also prepare cornbread by frying it or steaming it. However, steamed cornbread is closer in texture to a pudding than to the traditional cornbread.

The amazing thing about cornbread is that is a highly versatile dish. You can eat it together with so many dishes. Even dessert! Crumbled corn bread is amazing over a bowl of vanilla ice cream (promise!). Can’t decide what to serve with your slice of cornbread? Here are a few recipes you can try.

What Goes with Cornbread?

Everything from creamy condiments, a dab of butter, shredded cheddar cheese, side dishes like mashed potatoes, and hearty mains work well served alongside cornbread.

25 Best Pairings for Cornbread

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Instant Pot Vegan Acorn Squash Chili (+ Stovetop Instructions)
This super easy, healthy and delicious vegetarian chili recipe is packed with acorn squash, pinto beans and the perfect blend of spices for a most hearty and comforting autumn-inspired Instant Pot pressure cooker dish! Plus, stovetop instructions!
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Fermented Jalapeño Honey – Grow Forage Cook Ferment
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Spicy Southwestern Vegan Corn Chowder with Quinoa, Potatoes + Red Lentils
An easy, healthy, and delicious protein-packed gluten-free vegan Southwestern Chowder chock-full of corn, potatoes, quinoa, red lentils, green chiles, chipotle peppers, veggies and an amazing blend of spices. This amazingly delicious vegetarian chowder is incredibly filling, comforting, and flavorful and makes a great lunch or dinner!
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Garlic and Herb Spreadable Butter – Salt and Lavender
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Spicy Pickled Onions
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Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup – Instant Pot + Slow Cooker – Peas and Crayons
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Gallo Pinto Recipe
Gallo Pinto is a rice and beans dish with its origins in Central America. This take is inspired by my time living in Costa Rica and how I most frequently experienced this dish. It is so tasty and filling that I love to introduce it to others who may not have experienced it yet! You can also find this recipe in my book, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
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Coconut Curried Greens (30 minutes!) – Minimalist Baker
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Cheesy Butternut Squash Casserole (Gluten-Free, Vegan Option)
This super comforting Butternut Squash Casserole is filled with Mexican spices and some cheesy goodness for one delightful and versatile vegetarian dish certain to please the pickiest of palates! Gluten-free, with a vegan option, too!

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Easy Vegan Baked Beans Recipe – Running on Real Food
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Mexican Quinoa Stew – Cookie + Kate
You’re going to love this Mexican quinoa stew! It’s hearty, easy to make and tastes amazing. This delicious soup recipe is vegan and gluten free.
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Rosemary & Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Salt and Lavender
This mashed sweet potatoes recipe is a savory-sweet and deliciously buttery side dish. Fresh herbs and cinnamon kick up the flavor even more!
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Creamy Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Casserole – Peas and Crayons
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Dill Potato Salad
This Creamy Potato Salad with Fresh Dill is packed with flavor and makes the perfect BBQ side dish, picnic fare or potluck take-a-long. This deliciousness can be made vegetarian or vegan and is naturally gluten-free.
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Fermented Honey Jalapeño Hot Sauce
This Southwestern-inspired hot sauce will win you over with its candy-like sweetness, as well as subtle, fresh-tasting heat from the jalapeños. It's a match made in heaven and suits a wide variety of dishes to boot!
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Healthy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Red cabbage, jalapeno, and carrots are dressed with a bright sweet and spicy dressing in this easy red cabbage slaw recipe. Perfect for BBQs or healthy meal prep.
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BBQ Black Bean Taquitos Recipe – Peas and Crayons
These Tex-Mex BBQ Black Bean Taquitos are filled with barbecue seasoned black beans and lots of melty cheese then topped with barbecue sauce and slaw – YUM!
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Creamy Vegan Potato Soup
This creamy Potato Soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop for ease and convenience! Make it vegan or vegetarian. Naturally gluten-free. This delicious recipe can also be found in my cookbook The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
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BBQ Cauliflower Wings
These Easy Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings are made with a blend of sriracha sauce and ketchup for a delightful sweet and spicy kick! These little bites of explosive flavor are gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free, and dairy-free for a healthy appetizer, side dish, lunch or dinner!
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Grilled Vegetable Kabobs – i Heart Vegetables
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Easy Pickled Cabbage Recipe
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Vegetarian Stew Recipe
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Creamy Cucumber Salad – Foolproof Living
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Ghost Pepper Queso
This super creamy, spicy queso dip made with Naturacentric Ghost Pepper Infused Honey makes for some flavorful comfort food at its finest! Cheesy and naturally gluten-free.
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