Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls

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Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!Growing up, there were a few recipes that were just ingrained in me from birth.  These classic buttermilk biscuits fit that bill.  In fact, I don’t think I was allowed to move out of the South until I had mastered a good biscuit.  The same goes for cornbread.  I didn’t love cornbread when I was a kid, but it’s grown on me in recent years…and now it’s one of my favorites.  (My go-to Thanksgiving stuffing/dressing recipe starts with a base of crumbled biscuits and cornbread…go figure!)

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!I’ll never turn down a batch of cornbread muffins, but for some reason I always crave cornbread after the holidays.  Maybe it’s because cornbread just goes so well with winter comfort food.  Stews…chilis…that sort of thing.  Heck, even a good post-holiday salad can be improved with a cornbread muffin on the side!  But I decided to take the cornbread muffin one step further.  I decided to hollow out those muffins and turn them into cornbread bowls.  Kinda like a bread bowl for soup…but way better!

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!Funny side story: my niece Blakely loves baked beans.  Blakely is quickly approaching her 3rd birthday later this spring, and I bet she’ll ask for baked beans.  I kid you not.  When Santa asked her what she wanted for Christmas this past year, she said baked beans.  Hah!

Laura also happens to love baked beans, so I decided to fill these cornbread bowls with baked beans.  Talk about winter comfort food right there!  But baked beans always taste better with ham, right?  I’d picked up some Castle Wood Reserve® sliced deli meat this past week on my grocery run at Walmart.  I intended on using their Smoked Virginia Ham for delicious ham sammiches.  But then it hit me.  What if I put some of the ham into these cornbread bowls?  What if I made Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls?

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!During these cold winter months, one of our favorite things to do is hunker down, build a fire in the fireplace and make homemade meals together.  Well, that and chase a certain little toddler around the house.  (He’s so close to walking these days…if he could only figure out that whole balance thing!)  There’s something really enjoyable about making food at home on a snowy day!  With Castle Wood Reserve®’s tasty ham on hand, homemade in the new year is easy!

Do you guys remember the story of John Montagu?  He was the English nobleman who liked playing cards so much that he had his kitchen staff serve him dinner between two slices of bread.  That way he could continue playing cards without stopping to eat.  He was also the 4th Earl of Sandwich…and thus the ‘sandwich’ was invented.

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!Now I love a sandwich, and I almost always keep good deli meat in the fridge for said sandwiches.  Castle Wood Reserve® is one of my favorites, and I particularly enjoy their Smoked Virginia Ham and Oven Roasted Chicken Breast.  Their meat is always flavorful, and I often snack on a piece or two whenever I pull it out of the fridge.  I also love that I can pick up this premium meat at Walmart.  Score!  This time, though, that Smoked Virginia Ham was destined for bigger things.  It was destined for Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls!

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!We ate several of these Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls for dinner one night along with a side salad…while watching Robbie get mad at his lack of balance.  It was like going out for a meal and a show…toddler style!  Enjoy!

How do you guys entertain yourselves during the winter months?

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!

Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls

Think beyond the sandwich…by using cornbread bowls!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 384kcal


For the Cornbread Muffins

For the Filling

  • 1 16-oz can baked beans
  • 6 oz. Castle Wood Reserve® Smoked Virginia Ham sliced in half
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese coarsely grated
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped


For the Cornbread Muffins

  • Grease a muffin pan, or line with paper liners; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.) Stir until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients; stir until well combined.
  • Fill each muffin cup ~¾ full.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out mostly clean.

To Fill Muffins

  • Heat baked beans in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until hot.
  • Meanwhile, using a paring knife, slice off the top portion of each muffin. Then use a small spoon to hollow out the center of each muffin, leaving ~ ½” thick shell.
  • Place 1-2 slices of ham in the bottom of each cornbread bowl. Fill each muffin with baked beans. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions before serving.

Think beyond the sandwich...by using cornbread bowls! These Ham and Baked Beans in Cornbread Bowls are a fun twist on a classic!

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  1. I just made cornbread this past weekend with our ribs. Love that stuff too!! And that’s seriously too funny about your niece loving baked beans! Who would have thought that a 3 year old would like them so much?! Good for her! Winter is a little different than summer for us. It’s super cold out and we typically entertain ourselves inside or do odds and ends in house that need to be done. And on the weekend, it may involve a game of Nintendo, lol. Speaking of which I just pre-ordered the new Nintendo system (never grow up…hahaha).
    These cornbread muffins are genius, David! Love that you made little bowls and filled ’em with all kinds of goodies! Perfect weekend eats right there, I tell ya! I bet I would eat, like, 6 of these and not even realize it, lol 😀 Pinned, of course. Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

    1. Oh man…cornbread and ribs! I bet those were the ribs that were cooked outside on the grill, too! 🙂 Talk about a great combo of comfort food right there. Now don’t even go talking about the new Nintendo, Dawn! You know I’m gonna want to get it, too…but I don’t see how in the heck I’d have time to play it. Bah! I’ll just have to hope you post all about your gaming adventures. Haha! Thanks so much for your kind words!

  2. David – these are simply genius!!! What a clever idea to scoop put cornbread muffins and fill ’em up with Castle Wood Reserve® deli ham, baked beans and cheese! I remember that Earl of Sandwich story quite well – Hey, when Robbie starts walking, you could balance one of these beauties in one handwhile you chase him around – in fact, now that I mulled it over…duuude – I think I would rather have a filled up scooped out muffin over a sandwich anyday! Happy Monday to ya – hoping this week is a good one for u 3!

    1. Hey, that’s a good point, Shashi! These cornbread cups are perfect way to eat dinner while following a toddler around the house. 🙂 These cornbread + ham + baked bean muffins are totally delicious…they didn’t last long around here! Hope your week is going well so far…we’re half-way to Friday!

  3. I love cornbread too. I usually make it in a cast iron skillet and never think to make muffins! This looks like the perfect little meal to enjoy by the fire! When it’s cold outside (which hasn’t been happening that much lately down here) there’s nothing I’d rather do than hunker down with some comfort food in front of a fire!

    1. Cast iron skillet is totally my go-to when making big batches of cornbread. But I do love ’em in muffin form, too. And then filling them with ham + baked beans? Oh yeah! Comfort food central! And what’s up with the weather this year? It’s been warm(er) up here, too. I mean there’s still months of winter left, so I don’t want to speak too soon…but still! Hope your week is going well so far, Rachelle!

  4. You just turned my world upside down David. I grew up eating red beans and rice with cornbread and never did I think about including such goodness in one scrumptious little muffin. You are a genius in the kitchen! I still haven’t mastered a good biscuit but that doesn’t stop me from making them and devouring them lol.

    1. Oh man! Now you just gave me the idea of filling cornbread cups with red beans. I love (love!!) red beans + rice…and I haven’t made any in quite a while. That needs to happen. And it needs to happen soon! 🙂

  5. Hi David. Give me baked beans and cornbread and I am a happy person…or flour tortillas and pinto beans. Nice that these are portable. I might eat more than one or three.

    1. Hey there, Dorothy! You truly are an honorary Southerner now. Baked beans + cornbread is a classic down there! In fact, this post really made me miss my Southern food. Now I haven’t tried tortillas and pintos, but I would be game for that one. Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, my friend!

  6. I think, these bowls are pretty smart idea, David. First of all, the combo of cornbread, baked beans, ham, and cheese is utterly delicious and comfort. Secondly, you can always dip the bowls into the bean sauce. I wish I could have a few right now, but unfortunately, I’m on a diet. Well, I’ve got an excellent idea – you can ship some to me (Because whatever is being sent to you, doesn’t count. It won’t affect the diet. So send me please a cake, fudge and pizza as well;)

    1. I’m all about any bowl that I can eat! It makes clean up that much easier. 🙂 And honestly, these aren’t a diet killer. I mean you could easily sit and eat like 10…but if you keep it real, then these work. We ate a couple for dinner with a side salad, and it was totally delicious. Your cornbread muffins, cake, fudge and pizza are in the mail. I hope they don’t get lost on the way!

  7. That is so clever, thinking of using the ham as a barrier, to keep the muffin from soaking up the bean juice. Nice! I could pound these down, for sure. Do you think they’d survive a short trip under the broiler, were I to load them up on cheese?

    1. Thanks, Jeff! I had fun making these cornbread cups…mainly because I could eat all of the muffintops as I went along. Hah! And Mary just suggested the idea of putting red beans and rice in cornbread cups. That needs to happen! I think these would totally survive a trip under the broiler…just keep a close eye on ’em. And put an extra one in for me, ok?

    1. I agree, Kevin…you can never have enough cheese! And if that happens to be cheesy cornbread with ham + baked beans? Then sign me up! 🙂

  8. How genius to fill your cornbread muffins with ham and baked beans, David! Comfort food is much needed these days and they just look like they fit the bill. So sweet that Blakeley only asked for baked beans from Santa – she must love them very much 🙂 Great to know how the sandwich was invented. Have a lovely day!

    1. It’s been pretty cold over here (not as cold as a normal January…but still cold!), so we’ve been in comfort food mode for sure! And it’s hard to beat cornbread when it comes to the comfort food category. 🙂 I hope you’re staying warm over there!

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