Oh my goodness!! I just made this tonight for the first time. We savored every bite!! If you can get your hands on fresh mild sausage, it works beautifully in this! I served this with fresh cooked purple hull peas. YUM!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Add the butter or oil to a 10 inch cast iron skillet and place in oven while preheating. Take it out when it begins to sizzle (5 minutes or so).
Cook the sausage, onion and peppers in a saute pan until sausage is no longer pink and onion and pepper are soft.
While the sausage layer is sauteing, combine the cornmeal, sifted flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk egg then add buttermilk and whisk til combined. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, but do not over-mix. It will be a little lumpy.
Add the melted butter or oil to the batter and gently blend. Spoon half of the cornbread mixture into the hot skillet into an even layer. Top with sausage layer and sprinkle the cheese on top. Spoon the rest of the cornbread mixture on top of the sausage and cheese. Spread evenly.
Place back in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top and sides have pulled away.
*I did not have buttermilk, so I whisked my egg in a 2 cup measure and added about 1 1/2 cups of sour cream. I poured milk in until it measured 2 cups and stirred it in. It came out to about the consistency of buttermilk. It worked!!