SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Melanie M., of Knoxville, Tenn., was presented the cast iron skillet crown as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Martha White®/Lodge® Cast Iron National Cornbread Cook-Off for her original main dish recipe, Sweet Cornbread Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa.
The National Cornbread Cook-Off is held in conjunction with the National Cornbread Festival® in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Ten finalists recreated their original main dish cornbread recipes made with Martha White Cornbread Mix in Lodge® Cast Iron cookware live on stage, while a panel of experts, including food writers and television personalities, took on the task of tasting the dishes and selecting three prize winners.
"Over the last 16 years, we have received a countless number of recipes that prove the relationship between hot cast iron and delicious cornbread continues to inspire cooks nationwide," said Linda Carman, Martha White baking expert.
Melanie created Sweet Cornbread Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa using baked and crumbled Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread to form the shrimp cakes instead of the typical bread crumbs, and served them with a sweet and savory fresh mango salsa.
Her original main dish recipe earned the top prize of $5,000 cash, a 30-inch stainless steel gas range (a $3,250 value) from FiveStar® Professional Cooking Equipment, a division of Brown Stove Works, Inc., and special gifts from Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron.
The second place winner, Lisa K. of Middlebury, Conn., took home a $1,500 cash prize plus special gifts from Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron for her Sweet Yellow Cornbread, Sausage & Tomato Pie with a Garlic Cream Drizzle, while Jeanette N. of Crab Orchard, W.Va., was awarded the third place prize of $1,000 along with special gifts from Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron for her Marvelous Mediterranean Chicken Sausage Cornbread Dinner recipe. The remaining seven finalists each took home $150 cash and special gifts from Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron.
To make these award-winning dishes at home, get the recipes from www.MarthaWhite.com.
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SOURCE Martha White