Cornbread Pan Sandwiches – and remembering what to reach for first


Welcome to the 2015 Virtual Potluck! Visit my Cornbread CookSet Giveaway by clicking here. Check out all of the other great recipes in the potluck at the end of this post! Cornbread Pan Sandwiches

Mama Reed was a good person. She worked hard all of her life raising up ten good hearted, hardworking kids. She ran a farm, took care of her family and anyone else that needed taking care of whenever the need arose and she had the ability to do so. She grew a garden to raise food for her family and canned whatever she didn’t use. She went to church and lived her life according to the principles taught there seven days a week rather than just the one.

As she grew older, her children moved away and had children and even grandchildren of their own. My mother loved to spend time at Mama Reed’s house because as they visited, she’d put Mama to work helping out in the kitchen – and Mama got to learn how to cook! Isn’t it funny how we see some things as jobs but when we give them to kids they see them as opportunities for fun?
As the kids moved away, they all had a habit of calling to check on their Mama. She’d answer the phone and they’d say “How are you doing today, Mama?”…
Well, without many people to talk to, in her later years Mama Reed fell into a habit that all humans are prone to do without realizing – and rather than her usual “Fine, how are you?” she began answering the question with a litany of aches, pains, and complaints.
Without her even realizing it, this had become a habit.
Boy, have I been there!
Sometimes, our aches and pains get so loud in our lives that they drown out the sound of our blessings, and we forget that there is a volume knob on each one. We often have to consciously reach and turn down the aches and pains and then give the blessings so much attention that we hear them all the more louder.
One day, when my grandfather was over visiting his Mama, she answered the phone this way and he sat there while she went through her list of complaints on the phone. When she hung up he said “Mama, if you keep doing that people are going to stop calling you. All you do is complain about things. People care about you and they want to help you when they can, but you’ve got to do more than complain.” This took her aback.
You see, Mama Reed was never one to whine or complain in her life and she hadn’t realized that she’d started doing it then. Of course we have things we need to complain about and sometimes we talk about things because we need people to support and encourage us, this isn’t about that. This is about asking ourselves, when someone asks about the state of our life, do we immediately look for the blessings or the curses?
Mama Reed took her son’s advice to heart and the next day he received a call from his brother. “I just called Mama and when I asked how she was doing, she said ‘Just fine, how about you?'”. He said “I almost hung up, I thought I’d got the wrong number!”
Mama Reed just temporarily forgot, as all of us are prone to do, to reach for her blessings first and when she realized she’d left the path she had intended to be on all along, she corrected her course.
If someone called me and you today and asked how we were, if we were to answer “Just fine! How are you?” would they think they had the wrong number?

You know, you can tell a lot about a person by how they answer the question: “How are you today?”

When given a chance, which do you reach for first: your blessings or curses?

After you mull that one over, how about reaching for a cornbread pan sandwich? They are sure to be counted among your blessings on the supper table :)


You’ll need: An onion, two packages of corn muffin mix*, Spicy Brown Mustard, 5-6 slices of cheese, a few slices of ham or some other lunch meat of your choice.

*You’re also going to need whatever the corn muffin mix package calls for but I’m not listing that here because between all of us, there is no telling what brands of corn muffin mix we may come back with so the instructions will be different. This is the package size that makes six cornbread muffins so that is the size you should try your best to get. Then we’ll prepare that mix according to package directions.

Cornbread Pan Sandwiches

Mix up corn muffin mix according to package directions. 

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Chop your onion, and add it and the spicy brown mustard.

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Stir that up really well. 

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Spread about half of it in the bottom of a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan. 

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Top with ham slices. If you need to get creative in tearing them up so the spots are covered, go for it :) 

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Top with your cheese. 

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Pour the rest of your batter over the top and…

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Spread it to cover everything. 

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Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until nice and golden brown on top. 

Allow to cool for 5 minutes before cutting. 

Cornbread Pan SandwichesServe warm. 

Enjoy ! 

For a quick supper, These go great with Simple and Delicious Tomato Soup and are also great with Sweet and Sour Green Beans (which I make ahead of time and keep in my freezer!).

Cornbread Pan Sandwiches
  • 2- 8 ounce packages corn muffin mix (the size that makes 6 muffins), plus ingredients called for on package to make batter
  • 5-6 slices American Cheese
  • 5-6 slices ham lunch meat (or other lunch meat of your choice)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare corn muffin mix batter according to package directions.
  2. Add chopped onion and spicy brown mustard to batter, stir until well mixed.
  3. Spread half of batter into a greased 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Top with ham slices followed by cheese slices, cutting them to fit if needed.
  4. Top with remaining batter and gently spread to cover.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cornbread is golden. Allow to cool 5 minutes before cutting.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

More recipes in the Virtual Potluck!

Country Cook:  Cornbread Waffles with Chili & Fixins! 

Spicy Southern Kitchen: Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Picky Palate: Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Southern Pantry: BLT Cornbread Salad

Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen: Kickin’ Crab Corn Muffins

Call Me PMC:  Cheesy Chorizo Cornbread

Add A Pinch:  Stuffed Peppers with Cornbread Crust

Southern Bite: Mom’s Mexican Cornbread

Plain Chicken: Taco Cornbread Muffins

Mommy’s Kitchen:  Mom’s Meaty Cornbread Skillet

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

~ C. S. Lewis

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  1. wendy ball says

    I never gave that idea a thought – what a perfect way to use up leftover Easter Ham, or any holiday ham. We like our corn bread a little on the sweet side, so I would add some sugar, not alot, just enough. And, the thought of swapping different cheeses would give it variety. Thank you!

  2. Georgia says

    Loved this post. We have cornbread with cooked sausage links in it. It’s the way my husband’s mother fixed it when he was a boy. We eat it with black eyed peas. I think this looks like a great switch.

  3. Sandra says

    This looks amazing and I am going to prepare this for the girls for lunch at work. I am not a fan of yellow cornbread always having used what I call the white kind. Does it work better with type?


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