Cracklings Cornbread

1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cracklings*

Place butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, and heat in a 425° oven 4 minutes.
Combine cornmeal and flour in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Stir together buttermilk, eggs, and cracklings; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour over melted butter in hot skillet.
Bake at 425° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
*1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (12 to 15 slices) may be sustituted for cracklings.

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