The Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina has been serving the same cornbread for almost 70 years, and it's as simple as you can get: just cornmeal and water, harkening back to the earliest days of the dish. Add some bacon fat for extra flavor (a step we've added to Skylight's minimalist recipe) and serve it with greens to moisten the crumbs.
- 2 tbsp. rendered bacon fat (optional)
- 2 1⁄3 cups finely ground cornmeal
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp. kosher salt