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- 2 (8 1/2 ounce) boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
- 2 eggs
- 2⁄3 2/3 cup skim milk or 2/3 cup half-and-half cream
- 1 (15 ounce) can cream-style corn
- 1 small onion, caramelized
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
- 1 (2 ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained
- cooking spray
Caramelize the onion in a pan with 2 teaspoons of oil. While it is cooking:
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Generously spray a 9"X13" pan with cooking spray, or grease with oil or butter.
- Pour the diced tomatoes and pimentos into a sieve to drain.
- In a bowl combine 2 boxes of cornbread mix, 2 eggs, and 2/3 cup of milk. I use fat-free half-n-half instead of milk.
- Pour half of the batter into the greased pan.
- Over the layer of batter, add the cream style corn. It won't make a perfect layer from edge to edge. Just do the best you can to make some semblance of a layer. I try to get a little more closer to the outer edges of the pan than in the center. This helps it cook more evenly.
- Over the corn layer, add the drained diced tomatoes and pimentos. Again just do the best you can. It doesn't have to be perfect.
- Over the tomatoes and pimentos, add the caramelized onions.
- Last, dollop on the remaining half of the batter, in some semblance of a top layer.
- Place on center rack of oven, or lower.
- Bake 40 minutes. Check to see if done in center--it will be very moist but shouldn't be doughy.
- If not done at 40 minutes, bake a little longer, under foil if you are afraid the top will over brown. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
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