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Sweet and Savory Cheddar Sage Cornbread

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This Cheddar Sage Cornbread is a great sweet and savory twist on the classic cornbread. This recipe uses fresh corn, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh sage for a mouthwatering flavor in every bite.

sliced cheddar sage cornbread

This recipe is brought to you by Rumiano Cheese, who provided me with cheese for this recipe, and I am super excited to share it with you!

As I mentioned earlier this week when I posted my Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, I was inspired to make cornbread after having a delicious Southern/Cajun dinner recently.

I am a big fan of savory cornbread instead of a sugary cornbread. One of my favorite recipes is this savory cornbread with leeks and spicy cherry peppers. But this time I wanted a delicious sweet and salty combination in my cornbread. And what better way to do that than by adding cheese and fresh herbs to traditional cornbread??

Related recipe: Savory Chicken Crepes

cheddar sage cornbread

Special ingredients for the Cheddar Sage Cornbread:

I made the cornbread using sharp white cheddar cheese and fresh sage from my herb garden. The sharp cheddar cheese is key to give the cornbread a nice cheesy flavor that is not drowned out by the sweetness of the cornbread. You can use white or yellow cheddar cheese. I prefer the taste of white cheddar cheese, so I used that.

The fresh sage gives the cornbread such a lovely aromatic flavor. And as a bonus is makes the house smell AMAZING when the cornbread is baking. Definitely go for the fresh sage in this recipe, don't use the dried stuff. Fresh sage is available year-round in most grocery stores.

Cornbread with fresh corn

My other special ingredient for this recipe is using fresh corn kernels! If you can get your hands on fresh seasonal corn in the summer, then you should definitely use that. If not, canned corn will do just fine. I love the freshness and the little pop of flavor that corn adds to this recipe. I don't know why corn is not a standard ingredient in corn bread! It definitely makes things better.

This is such an easy cornbread recipe, it makes me wonder why I don't make cornbread more often. It takes about five minutes to put all the ingredients together, and then BAM! delicious freshly baked cornbread for dinner. I will be making this more often, especially when corn is in season and I can use fresh corn.

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sweet and savory cheddar sage cornbread

Cheddar Sage Cornbread
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Cheddar Sage Cornbread

This Cheddar Sage Cornbread is a great sweet and savory twist on the classic cornbread. This recipe uses fresh corn and sage for a mouthwatering flavor in every bite.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Bread, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Kate


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 and ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 15 leaves fresh sage , finely diced
  • 1 and ½ cups corn kernels (about 2 small cobs)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 1.3 quart baking dish (either 8x8 inch or 12x5 inch, see notes).
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and olive oil and stir until almost combined. Add the diced sage, corn kernels, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Pour the batter into the greased baking dish and bake at 400F for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the edges are starting to brown but the center is still uncooked, turn the heat down to 350F after 35 minutes and continue to bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Cheddar Sage Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 488mg20%
Potassium 189mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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