When you hear “cornmeal,” chances are cornbread and corn muffins come to mind. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good corn muffin, but sometimes we want more. More variety, more flavor, more cooking creativity. We’ve told you about the many ways to cook with fresh corn, and now we’re bringing you a dozen inventive recipes to do the same thing with cornmeal. (Don’t worry, we didn’t leave out those two staples.)

Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe

1. Cornmeal Pancakes: Start your day off right with a tower of these cornmeal-packed flapjacks. (via The Pioneer Woman)

Baked Polenta Fries Recipe

2. Baked Polenta Fries: Fun Fact: Polenta is made with cornmeal. And these cornmeal fries are cheesy and delicious. (via Local Savour)

Almond Date Biscotti Recipe

3. Almond Date Biscotti: Make a date (see what we did there?) with these crunchy, savory and sweet coffee (or tea) companions. (via Cooking Adventures)

Indian Bread Pudding Recipe

4. Indian Bread Pudding: Made with a blend of cornmeal and flour and sweetened with molasses, this bread pudding is the ultimate in spiced desserts. (via Serious Eats)

Jalapeño Cornbread Whoopie Pies With Honey Buttercream Recipe

5. Jalapeño Cornbread Whoopie Pies With Honey Buttercream: This just might be the best combination of spicy and sweet ever… and in bite-size morsels, no less. (via Raptor Joe)

6. Cornbread Madeleines: A southern take on a French classic. We’re in. (via Bon Appetit)

7. Cornmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: It can be fun to experiment with an everyday recipe, especially when it involves chocolate chip cookies. Add a little crunch to your next batch with a helping of cornmeal. (via Pursuit of Sweetness)

8. Cornmeal and Fig Financiers: We think these would pair well with a drizzle of honey or scoop of ice cream… or both. (via Fudge Ripple)

9. Chicken Stew With Cornmeal Dumplings: We’ll be trying this when it’s cold and rainy — or on our next “sick” day. (via Call Me Fudge)

10. Cornmeal Pizza: If thin, crisp pizza is your thing, make your dough with cornmeal for a naturally added crunch. (via Baked by Rachel)

11. Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread: Regular cornbread can be a little boring. (Sorry, but it’s true.) Liven things up and bake it in a piping-hot, butter-coated cast iron skillet. (via The Food Network)

12. Sweet Corn Muffins: No matter how you serve these bites — as a muffin alongside chili or as a cupcake smeared with honey — we guarantee you’ll want seconds. (via Chew Out Loud)

Got any other cornmeal tricks up your sleeve? Share them below!