Thanksgiving Cornbread with Caramelized Leeks & Apples

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Cost Per Serving $0.85
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Image of cornbread with caramelized leeks and apples.


Cornbread Ingredients:
1 1/4 cupCornmeal (preferably organic)
3/4 cupSpelt Flour
1 cupButtermilk
1 tbspOlive Oil
1 1/2 tspBaking Powder
1/2 tspBaking soda
Vegetable Stuffing Ingredients:
3Leeks, thinly sliced
2Apples (I prefer Granny Smith, but any variety will work), small dice
1 tspThyme, fine chop
1 tspSage, fine chop
1 tspApple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tbspOlive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saucepot, over medium heat, add olive oil.
  3. Once hot enough, (the oil will begin to ripple), add leeks and about a /4 tsp of salt.
  4. Cook slowly until the leeks begin to soften and brown slightly (about 5 minutes).
  5. Add the apples, thyme and sage. Mix well and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add the vinegar and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Allow to cool.
  7. For the cornbread, combine your dry and wet ingredients separately. Then mix together with a spoon or whisk.
  8. Stir in your vegetables.
  9. Pour into a parchment lined baking dish or cast iron skillet. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.


  • ​Whole corn is a whole grain. At 4.6 grams of fiber per cup, corn is high in fibre. Fibre helps control blood sugar, cholesterol and helps promote a healthy digestive system.
  • You may be surprised to learn that corn contains several antioxidants. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants in corn that may help prevent and manage arthritis, cataracts, and vision loss.
  • Squash and apples both contain pectin. Research suggests that pectin may act as a prebiotic, or food for healthy bacteria in the gut. Pectin may also have heart benefits by lowering LDL (bad or “lousy” cholesterol).