Serves 8. Recipe is from Lisa Keys.
For the cornbread:
1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
6 tbls. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 tbl. sugar
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, divided
2 (7-oz.) pkgs. Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread and Muffin Mix
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
For the Garlic Cream Drizzle:
1/4 cup plus 2 tbls. heavy cream
1 tsp. self-rising or plain enriched corn meal
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbls. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
For the garnish:
Fresh basil, cut into thin strips
Shaved Parmesan cheese
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brown sausage over medium heat in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Drain on paper towels. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with tomatoes, onions, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally until tomatoes and onions begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Spread tomato mixture evenly over bottom of the pan. Spoon sausage evenly over the top.
2. Stir together the cornbread mix, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, milk, sour cream, eggs and 4 tablespoons olive oil until smooth. Pour over hot mixture in skillet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before inverting onto serving plate. If any tomatoes or onions stick to the bottom of a pan, simply replace on the cornbread.
3. Stir together 1/4 cup heavy cream, corn meal, garlic and basil leaves in 1 cup microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat on high in microwave for 45 to 60 seconds or until mixture boils. Discard garlic and basil. Whisk sour cream, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add to cream mixture. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons cream if needed to make it a drizzle consistency. Sprinkle cornbread with shaved Parmesan cheese and strips of basil. Serve with Garlic Cream Drizzle.