Root Vegetable Spoon Bread Recipe

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Root Vegetable Spoon Bread

There is just something about that chill in the air that makes me crave root vegetables. This combo is sublime – the sweetness of the yams – the peppery parsnips and flavorful carrots.

Spoon bread is always so very comforting – like the love child of custard and cornbread. It is so iconic in the South that there’s even a spoon bread festival! It’s truly a Southern recipe masterpiece.

Happy Fall, Y’all!


Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and in 1-inch cubes
8 ounces carrots, peeled and in 1-inch cubes
8 ounces parsnips, peeled and in 1-inch cubes
2 cups milk
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cream
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 eggs, separated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips in boing salted water until for tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash to small bits.

Bring to a simmer in a medium saucepan the milk, cornmeal, butter, cinnamon, cumin and salt. Whisk frequently and cook for about 3 minutes, until thickened.

Combine mashed vegetables with flour. Mix in syrup, cream, cayenne pepper sauce, vinegar and egg yolks. Whip egg whites until firm and fold in until only a few streaks remain.

Pour mixture into an oiled 3-quart casserole. Bake for about 40 minutes, until lightly browned and firm in center. Serve warm.

Check out more spoon bread creations:

Cheddar Chive Spoon Bread, A Cozy Kitchen
Spoon Bread with Maple Syrup, Walnuts and Raisins, The Well Seasoned Cook
Spoon Bread with Swiss, Eat at Home Cooks
Strawberry Spoon Bread, Homesick Texan
Fresh Corn Spoon Bread, Small Time Cooks


  1. Samantha says

    I am so excited to try this today. I want to make it ahead of time as our after school activities are crazy. Any thoughts on weather I should cook it and reheat to serve or mix it all and bake it a few hours later?

    • says

      Samantha – I would mix, store and then bake. The texture is not as good upon reheating = it loses a little fluffiness. Good luck – even if the texture isn’t perfect, I know you’ll love the flavors.

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