Friday, September 23, 2011

Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

Are you like me and waiting for the weather to turn cooler to enjoy those cozy comfort foods? I jumped the gun earlier this week and made a big pot of soup, White Bean Chicken Chili, one of our favorites. And just so the soup wouldn’t be lonely, I also made a batch of Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins. Yum. This is a delicious savory bite that is the perfect complement to soup, chili or stew.

Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
Makes 16 standard size muffins

1 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup oil
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1-2 jalapeño, finely diced (adjust for spice preference)
1/2 cup onion, finely diced (optional)
1/2 cup black beans, drained (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease muffin cups or use paper liners.

In a large bowl, lightly whisk together all dry ingredients: cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Beat the eggs, buttermilk and oil together in a small bowl, then stir into dry ingredients. Mix well, but be careful to not over mix.

Add in cheese, jalapeño, onion and black beans, stir until combined.

Fill muffin cups half full.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

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