I am out of vegetable oil and need to make cornbread. I think you can substitute peanut oil but want to make sure (only need 1/4 cup). I think you can also use olive oil but I only have extra virgin and I'm afraid the flavor would be weird. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Peanut oil is fine to use for vegetable oil. Since both are neutral with a high smoke point, they can be used interchangeably.
For cornbread you can use butter as a substitute. If you are using salted butter reduce the salt in the recipe somewhat to compensate for the salt in the butter.
I use 4 cups of cornmeal, half cup of self rising flour, half cup of crisco, 3 cups of buttermilk, 2 eggs and grease the cast iron pan with a liberal amount of crisco and bake at 450 for 30 minutes.