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5 from 4 votes

Upside Down Skillet Dinner

Veggies and meat baked beneath a layer of cornbread. When unmolded, the cornbread crust is on the bottom.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bell pepper, broccoli, cornbread, skillet dinner
Servings: 4


  • A 10-inch-diameter well-seasoned cast-iron or non-stick skillet, and a lid


For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder -- a sprinkling of each, or to taste
  • 1 cup cooked ground meat (chicken, turkey, or beef)

For the cornbread crust:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (or, use regular whole milk)
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Warm the vegetable oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, broccoli, and seasonings. Stir to mix. Cover the skillet, reduce heat to "low," and let the veggies sweat until tender -- about 10 minutes.
  • Make the cornbread batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Then add the packaged mix, and whisk to combine. Let sit for a minute or two while you finish the filling.
  • Sprinkle the ground meat as evenly as possible on top of the veggies. Spoon the cornbread mixture on top, and then spread it out to the edge of the skillet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cornbread puffs and browns -- 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • To unmold the dinner, first run a knife between the crust and the sides of the skillet. Remembering the skillet handle is red hot (use an oven mitt!) set a round plate or platter on top of the skillet, then invert and unmold. If any bits have stuck to the bottom of the skillet, simply scrape them up and return them to the top of the molded dinner. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.