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Cornbread Turkeys

These cornbread turkeys are a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.

Cornbread Turkeys

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November Fall 2008


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 ears) or frozen (defrosted)
  • 1/3 cup minced jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • Honey Butter, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-cup turkey-shaped bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside. Melt 1/2 cup butter and let cool.

  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Add corn, jalapeno, and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 4 to 6 minutes; set aside.

  3. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add eggs; whisk eggs into flour mixture.

  4. Whisk together butter and buttermilk; stir into flour mixture, along with corn mixture and cheddar. Mix until well combined.

  5. Divide the batter evenly between two turkey halves; smooth top. Transfer to oven and bake, rotating pan halfway through cooking, until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with honey butter.

Reviews (27)

  • wendrewlee 26 Jan, 2009

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was such a hit I made it for Christmas dinner as well. Both kids and adults loved the recipe and ate both cornbreads leaving no leftovers! I did reduce the salt to 1 teaspoon and that seemed plenty enough. The recipe is so flavorful you don't need much added salt.

  • vltsunflower 3 Dec, 2008

    I made this for Thanksgiving. The presentation was great, but it tasted bland. My family said they loved it, but I didn't agree. I didn't taste the salt like everyone has been saying. I like my cornbread to be sweet and and even after putting the honey butter on it I was still wanted it sweeter. Finding the turkey pan was a pain. I called several Macy's stores near me and no one had it or had even heard about it. I had to drive 30 miles to find one.

  • frankiesgirl 27 Nov, 2008

    Purchased my pan from Nordic Ware...$39.99 - made the cornbread for Thanksgiving....heeded the advice about the salt...used only 1 teaspoon enjoyed very much, but suggested they would like just a little stronger taste of the jalapeno and use with regular salted butter in place of the honey butter....will certainly make again!!!

  • ShannonGrace 23 Nov, 2008

    If any of you live near a Williams-Sonoma outlet I got the turkey pan for $6.00!!!! I ws so excited and can't wait to make this recipe for my Thanksgiving!!

  • PKJ 18 Nov, 2008

    Made this and the salt was unbearable. Martha you and your team need to check this out before the big day. I'm glad I did a test run! Way to much salt.

  • PKJ 18 Nov, 2008

    Made this and the salt was unbearable. Martha you and your team need to check this out before the big day. I'm glad I did a test run! Way to much salt.

  • lizla21 17 Nov, 2008

    Made this last night and the salt was unbearable. Way too much! That's saying a lot because I LOVE salt. Couldn't taste any of the other ingredients. If I made this again, which I probably won't, I would use 1tea rather than 1.5 tbs.

  • maremare1969 17 Nov, 2008

    You can purchase the Turkey pan at Macy's.

  • GizziLou 17 Nov, 2008

    I only saw the preview because I fell asleep during the show. Could someone tell me where you get the turkey pan?

  • margaretmcginnis 16 Nov, 2008

    I just finished making the cornbread. After tasting it, I was sad to admit it had too much salt in it for me. The crunch of the corn was delightful. Everything else was ok.

  • Lynniebinnie 16 Nov, 2008

    Disappointing! I made this cornbread recipe today, and unless that turkey pan can work miracles I wouldn't waste your time with the recipe. It was the most average cornbread I've ever made or eaten - a disappointment to say the least!

  • BBMapper 15 Nov, 2008

    Creekside - just so you know, they hold 9 cups... not 10. And the pan comes with a recipe for cake. The 9 cup reciped for the cornbread is on this website... right above us!

  • BBMapper 15 Nov, 2008

    I have an original MS Turkey baking pan listed on eBay RIGHT NOW.... check it out!! I cant wait to make this myself on Thanksgiving ;-) Hopefully will be the hit of the day....

  • ummerashdan 15 Nov, 2008

    i made the bread in a regular loaf tin. it turned out simply awesome.

  • Jwax 15 Nov, 2008

    Go on the internet. I found a turkey bundt pan mold at Amazon for $27.95 plus shipping. Looks like we'll be having turkey cornbread at my house for Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you will too!

  • afbrat 15 Nov, 2008

    I was able to find the turkey bundt pans at my local Macy's. I phoned and had them hold one for me that I picked up before they closed tonight @ 9:30 p.m. I shopped at Macy's South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. I am thrilled and plan to make the corn bread for Thanksgiving. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

  • creekside 15 Nov, 2008

    I checked them out on QVC -- it holds 10 cups. Hope this helps in deciding on another pan.

  • abla 14 Nov, 2008

    I spent hours at Macy's looking for the pan. I'm surprised noone told them to prepare for buyers. Its a shame because I really want to try this recipe. My mouth was watering watching the show!

  • lisa27 14 Nov, 2008

    well i went to Macy's as all others no such luck but i found a pan at an Internet site cutlery and more. i searched Nordic ware and found this site. the pan was 29.95 regularly 49.95. hope this helps as I'm sure others now want to bake this bread for the holidays.

  • lp1485op 14 Nov, 2008

    Where can I purchase the turkey bunt pan and is it available online? I didn't catch the manufacturer or which store sells it.

  • ErinD1118 14 Nov, 2008

    If Martha is going to promote a product on her show, such as the turkey pan, then there should be some coordination with Macys to make sure they actually have them. My Macys doesn't even carry the pan, even though I was the fourth person to come in asking for them since her show finished airing at 3pm, and I called half a dozen other Macys in the state trying to find it and they were all sold out. Macys should have known the item would be featured on the show and had an adequate stock.

  • Sidetracked 14 Nov, 2008

    I would like to make this cornbread at times other than thanksgiving, I would like the breakdown of the recipe for other size of pans, or what other pan would hold a recipe this size? Can't wait to try it!! Thanks

  • DKBlueyes 14 Nov, 2008

    This cornbread recipe sounds wonderful. I am unable to get the turkey molds and would like to know if you have this recipe broken down into measurements for another type of pan size.
    Thank you!

  • DisneyDiva55 14 Nov, 2008

    QVC has the molds for $35 and change plus shipping.

  • PurdyPlace 14 Nov, 2008

    Martha and friends,
    The turkey molds are sold out at our local Macy's. I would also like advice on an alternate pan size. Many thanks..

  • smileon 14 Nov, 2008

    Where do you purchase the turkey molds?

  • cristinella 14 Nov, 2008

    what size pan can i cook these in if i do not want to buy the turkey molds?

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