Savory Sage and Raspberry Skillet Cornbread

Savory Sage and Raspberry Skillet Cornbread

Did you know that you can turn your gas grill into an oven during the summer? It's true! I first experienced this last year when I made a cake and a fruit crisp on the grill! It's really fun! 

Here are my tips: 

1. Make sure that you either have a grill with a thermometer built in, or one that you can attach to the grill. 

2. Your temperature may not hold or get up to an exact temperature like an oven. It will be ballpark. Try to lower the flame to adjust the temperature. 

3. Place a pizza stone on the grill to place your skillet on when baking. 

4. Check your baked goods often. Give it 10-15 minutes with the lid closed, then check. 

I hope you have fun baking on your grill this summer! It is super fun and beats heating up the house on a hot day! 

I love this cornbread! It is a little unusual in flavor but I love the fresh sage that makes the cornbread taste like cornbread stuffing and the slight sweetness when you bite into one of the raspberries. You can even make the cornbread without the raspberries. Enjoy! 

Savory Sage and Raspberry Skillet Cornbread: 

1 cup gluten free flour mix ( I really like Namaste brand) 

1 cup polenta (cornmeal) (I like to buy whole grain polenta)

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage

1 egg

1 1/2 cups coconut milk

4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled + extra to grease skillet

1 cup fresh raspberries to dot on top before baking on the grill

1. Preheat your gas grill so that it reaches a temperature of between 350F and 400F. This cornbread baked at around 350F-375F on the grill. Place a pizza stone on top of the grill to set your skillet on. 

2. Grease your a 9" cast iron skillet with coconut oil. Make sure to get the oil all over the bottom of the pan as well as up the sides. 

3. Mix together the dry ingredients including the fresh sage in a  medium bowl. Whisk with a wire whisk to combine. 

4. Add in the egg, coconut milk and melted coconut oil. Stir to combine. 

5. Heat the cast iron skillet on top of the pizza stone on the grill for about 5 minutes. 

6. Bring the cornbread mixture and raspberries out to the grill. Spoon the mixture into the heated skillet. Place the raspberries on top in a pretty, circular pattern. 

7. Bake in the grill for about 15 minutes- check to see if the cornbread is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cornbread. If it comes out clean, it is done. If not, bake for about 5 minutes more. The sides will be golden brown and it will be done in the center. My cornbread took about 20 minutes to bake. 



Fresh Sage Handmade Sausage Patties!







Lovely Fresh Sage Handmade Sausage Patties made with Sage from my Garden! 

Wow! I have never had so much success with a plant as I have with a wonderful sage plant I have in my garden. I bought a small sage plant a few years ago from a garden center and now it is practically a shrub! I love to find new ways to feature this amazing herb in my cooking and this family recipe for handmade sausage fits the bill. 

This sausage is great for a family brunch, breakfast or even my favorite: breakfast for dinner! 

I have added rice to the mixture instead of bread crumbs and I have to say not only is it delicious,  I love the flavor. This is an especially good recipe because my son loves anything that is in patty or meatball form. These are great to make ahead for weekday breakfasts as well as they keep really well in the fridge. You can pull out 1-2 each morning. 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe soon with your family! 

Fresh Sage Handmade Sausage Patties

Makes 12-14 small sausage patties

1 pound ground pork

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped finely, or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage

1 small onion, diced

¼ cup cooked rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1.       Mix all of the ingredients well with your hands in a medium bowl.

2.       Chill for 3 hours, or overnight.

3.       Form the sausage mixture into patties.

4.       Put some olive oil in the bottom of a skillet on the stove over medium heat or in an electric skillet set to about 350F.

5.       Fry the patties slowly until brown on each side and cooked through. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, please pass it on to an herb-loving friend!