Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread
By Susan Russo
She shared how her skillet had been in her family for three generations and how she wouldn't dream of making cornbread in a regular metal pan or glass baking dish. I would love to have my own sentimental tale about a family cast-iron skillet, but the truth is that we don't have one. And while my mom did make cornbread, it usually came from a Jiffy box -- and I wasn't gonna tell that to the Texan with the third generation cast-iron skillet.
Although cornbread is a Southern staple, it comes in numerous regional variations. Some of the most memorable ones I've had include a New Mexican cornbread studded with fiery hatch chilies, a
There aren't too many people who don't love cornbread. It's easy, versatile, and satisfying. It's delicious on its own, dunked in a bowl of hot chili, or used as a mop for excess BBQ sauce on your plate. It can be simple and plain or chock full of add-ins such as bacon, corn kernels and peppers. There's a cornbread to suit just about any taste.
This was made in a 9- by 9-inch square baking dish, not a cast-iron skillet. Sure, I could go buy one, but to me, that's one of those things that should be passed down in a family. And since my grandmother and mother cared a lot more about making gravy and meatballs than cornbread, skillets didn't feature prominently in our house.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Recipe
Makes 16 pieces.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably coarsely ground
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1. Place rack in center of oven, and preheat to 425 F. Coat a 9- by 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add eggs, milk and oil. Beat with an electric mixer until just smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in jalapeno, corn, cheese and cilantro.
3. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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