The sick day continues. Thus far, I have failed to shower and a giant pile of snotty toilet paper is building next to me (hi, my name is Caitlin, and I am too cheap to buy tissues).  However, I’ve managed to get a good deal of work done, and I’m watching Sixteen Candles. Sick days aren’t so bad.


Plus, I’ve got this to munch on.


You know how a mullet is ‘business in the front, party in the back’?  A cornbread quiche is cornbread on the bottom, quiche on the top.


And this particular cornbread quiche is Southern-style because there’s sweet corn and kale baked in, plus loads and loads of ‘soup beans’ on top.  My momma calls regular old pinto beans soup beans, and the name has stuck ever since.  The beans keep the cornbread quiche from being too dry – other yummy toppings would be sour cream, salsa, or even marinara sauce!


Southern-Style Cornbread Quiche


Ingredients (for 6 servings):

  • 1/2 package of corn bread mix (basically, a half pie or about 10 ounces dry mix), prepared per package directions
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1 cup loosely packed kale
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional topping: pinto beans, lightly drained




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease a cast iron skillet.
  • In a mixing bowl, prepare 1/2 package of cornbread mix according to package directions.  Pour into cast iron skillet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, steam kale according to these directions
  • In a bowl, combine drained corn, steamed kale, eggs, ricotta cheese, and salt.  Mix well.
  • Remove cornbread from oven and pour egg mixture on top.
  • Return to oven and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, let stand for a few minutes, slice, and top with pinto beans.


Leftovers, here I come!



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 26, 2012, 2:36 pm

    The trouble with your lunch posts is that they always pop up in my reader about half an hour after I finish my own lunch, and make me hungry again!! 🙂

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt January 26, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I hope that you’re feeling better soon! I’m under the weather too, so I get how you feel.

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 26, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Anything that incorporates cornbread, sweet corn, and kale has to be delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

  • Kristen@Change of Pace January 26, 2012, 2:41 pm

    It seems like everyone is sick right now. My throat hurt last night so I’m hoping I don’t get it. I love love love cornbread and this looks so delicious with the eggs. My husband likes beans and ham over cornbread so maybe this will be a good replacement for him!

  • Hillary January 26, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Oh, Caitlin. I had dinner all planned out, and then you posted this, and now I WANT IT. Now. I think there might be a trip to the grocery store in my future!

  • shelly January 26, 2012, 2:45 pm

    This reminds me of a bean casserole I made and served with jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. Cornbread and beans are natural besties.

    For the casserole, I started with this recipe then added red bell pepper, green chilies, and jalapenos. I subbed brown rice for white rice and used half the cheese. It was awesome.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 26, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Looks totally tasty! My sis makes awesome corn bread, so I am a fan!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 26, 2012, 2:59 pm

    This looks great, except I think I’ll sub the spinach for kale (I’ve been on a spinach thing lately…). Feel better!

    Your mom was lucky she “fixed” your melodramatic ways early. My husband is like that STILL and I’ve learned just ride out the sicknesses without commenting or let the doctor tell him he’s not dying.

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live January 26, 2012, 3:00 pm

    I hope you feel better soon!
    I too use toilet paper for a runny nose. However, once it goes past a day, I am off to the store to get kleenex with lotion. I have psoriasis in and around my nose, so I quickly turn into Rudolph 🙁
    If your nose is really red, put some Neosporin on it before going to bed- it really helps.

  • Sarah January 26, 2012, 3:06 pm

    I am with you, Caitlin! I had a horrible migraine last night and still feel gross. Hope you feel better!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 26, 2012, 3:15 pm

    yummmm that looks so good! I love corn bread!

  • Ashley {The North Carolina Cowgirl} January 26, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I’ve been battling a sore throat and runny nose too. I read a funny post on facebook and thought I would share since we both are a little under the weather. A girl posted “My throat hurts so bad that I swear it was raped by a Hedgehog.” LMAO..Thank goodness I don’t feel that bad. Sorry you’re feeling bad and I hope you get well soon!

  • CJ @ January 26, 2012, 3:18 pm

    wow this sounds really good. I am making sweet potato chili tonight to have for the weekend and cornbread sounds so good as a side! i have never had it as a quiche but thats such a great idea!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 26, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Love this idea for cornbread. It’s like a frittata with bread on the bottom!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 26, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Oh wow that looks good. I like cornbread but a lot of restaurants use meat grease to flavor it and that makes me sad. Glad I can make it meat-free at home 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 26, 2012, 3:31 pm

    This looks delicous!! Definitely makes a sick day better.

  • Brita January 26, 2012, 3:32 pm

    No tissues?! Let me send you some! In my house growing up, anything from a skinned knee to the sniffles to major surgery was remedied with Canada Dry gingerale, Saltines brand saltines, and a box of the brown Kleenex.
    Call it silly, but my brother and I both stock those basics no matter what 🙂

  • Nena January 26, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I looooove Sixteen Candles! But pretty in pink is my absolute fave. 🙂

    I don’t know who I would have chosen if I were her though….probably Blane too, LOL. But I love Ducky too!

  • Sneakers2Sandals January 26, 2012, 3:40 pm

    how have you hidden that quiche from me for so long! quiche and cornbread are on my top ten favorite foods. this is gonna be awesome! i’m totally ‘pinning’ this 🙂

  • Jordan@almondjay January 26, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Yay for sixteen candles! Feel better soon – that quiche looks so good it has to be medicinal in some way 😉

  • Anna January 26, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Yum! This looks so good…I love pinto beans 🙂 Comfort foods are always good when your sick. Glad you’ve got something good to watch!

  • Carin January 26, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Looks yummy! Love that you’re respecting us gingers in your film choice (although Molly Ringwald never quite managed to make highness cool in the UK!)

    Haha – my predictive text shoved in ‘mummy’ instead of ‘yummy’! Hi there mummy! 🙂

    • Carin January 26, 2012, 4:33 pm

      Struggling with the predictive text here – it SHOULD have read ‘ginganess’, not ‘highness’!

      Guess that’s what happens when you create your own words… Ho hum!

  • Libby @ PracticallyPatientlyParenting January 26, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Rock on! We barely ever have real tissues in our house, even when we are all at death’s door. I think the experience of being sick is enhanced by having a couple yards of used TP attached to the clean bunch you are about to use… It helps one remember to wallow. Feel better soon!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 26, 2012, 5:28 pm

    That looks so fantastic! Quiche is one of my very favorites – although I’ve never made it from scratch. So delicate and fancy :). Thanks for sharing.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 26, 2012, 5:41 pm

    I am adding this to our dinner menu for next week! Looks divine. I marked it once before and then never actually made it. Do you think subbing sauteed spinach for the kale would work just as well? Brandon won’t touch kale!

  • Army Amy* January 26, 2012, 7:22 pm

    Soup beans! Has a nice ring to it!*

  • Jen January 26, 2012, 7:32 pm

    That sucks that you’re sick! And even more that you’re sick while preggo 🙁 I would normally take this opportunity to sing the praises of oil of oregano, which I’ve used at least 5 times so far this cold & flu season to get better super fast, but I’m pretty sure it’s not recommended if you’re pregnant. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Dana P. January 26, 2012, 8:40 pm

    I call them soup beans too! My grandparents are from Eastern Kentucky and that’s what they called it.

    • Jen January 27, 2012, 2:01 am

      I grew up in eastern KY and, yep, that’s what they call them! 🙂

  • Lauren January 26, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Feel better hun! The quiche looks incredible by the way!

  • Jen January 27, 2012, 2:10 am

    I waaaaant some of that cornbread quiche…it looks so yummy! Would you believe that I have a coworker that had never even tasted cornbread until a couple of weeks ago?! Granted, I’m in the Midwest now, but STILL!

    Hope you feel better soon! I hate it when I only have TP for tissues (I typically only buy tissues after I’m already sick). If you’re still having to blow your nose a lot, get the LOTION kind! 🙂

  • Maren January 27, 2012, 8:51 am

    ew. Hope you feel better ASAP! This meal looks delicious! Definitely trying it out!

  • Amber K January 27, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better today! I totally use toiler paper instead of buying tissues too, lol.

  • Alexandria February 9, 2012, 9:11 am

    This was delicous! Our cornbread to egg ratio was a bit off, though. Next time I will use half the bread and a little more egg. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  • kristin November 15, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Just made it!!! I have been dying to every time I see you make this! Cant wait to try it 🙂 Thank you!

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