Glorious Abundance

East Tennessee is an area of true abundance. The people are abundantly generous and friendly. The abundant sunshine and warm weather brings people out for lakeside fun like boating, tubing, skiing and picnics at the lakeside. Summer also brings an abundance of home and farm grown vegetables and fruits.

Frugal neighbors have found millions of ways to put the glorious abundance to good use in tasty dishes for generations. The recipe below can be reduced or enlarged to use those great veggies that are always available during the Summer and to feed whatever crowd you need to serve. You can also add chopped zucchini or cucumbers. You may want to sauté the zucchini in some of the bacon fat before adding to the salad or cut into very small cubes.

Pam’s Cornbread Salad

  • 1 large pan of homemade cornbread or (16 ounce) package corn bread mix (prepared)
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (or nonfat, unflavored yogurt)
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 cups pinto beans, prepared with minimal seasoning or 2 (15 ounce) cans, drained
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 6 ears of fresh corn, cut off the cob and then fried in some of the bacon drippings until tender) or 2 (11 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained.


  1. Prepare corn bread according to package directions. Cool, crumble, and set aside.
  2. Place bacon in a large deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the dressing mix, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
  4. Crumble half the corn bread in the bottom of a large serving dish. Top with half the beans. Layer the beans with half of the tomatoes, green bell pepper, and green onions. Sprinkle with half the cheese, corn, bacon, and the salad dressing mixture. Repeat the layers. Cover, and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

This recipe is perfect for picnics, parties and can be taken along on with you for a lakeside or boating trip as long as it is refrigerated or in a cooler.

Bobby and Beth Ellison are Realtors specializing in properties bordering Norris Lake in beautiful, abundant, East Tennessee. Many of these lakefront properties have plenty of room to add a family garden that will bring abundance of joy and fresh vegetables into your life.

, Sharps Chapel, TN 37866 Phone: (865) 278-3041

421 Big Valley Road | Sharps Chapel, TN 37866