Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread


Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread

By Monica              9 servings
Chiles, corn, and sharp cheddar cheese, make this a flavorful recipe with the wholesome goodness of stone ground cornmeal. Great with chili & soup.

Chiles, corn, and sharp cheddar cheese, make this a flavorful recipe with the wholesome goodness of stone ground cornmeal. Great with chili & soup.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable, peanut, or canola oil
  • 1-1/4 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal (medium grind)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (can use half white flour and half whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk*
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 3 green onions, chopped--both white and green parts (1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons minced jalapeno,depending on how much heat you want (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles (if there's liquid in the can, drain it)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese (may use full or low fat cheese, but not fat-free)

Directions
--Brush 8x8 baking pan with oil and place in cold oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. (May also use 12-cup muffin pan or a cast iron skillet.)
--Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, cumin and black pepper in large bowl (plus buttermilk powder if you're using it--see * below). Whisk together.
--In separate bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk (or water--see * below), and honey together. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed--don't over mix.
--Add onion, corn, jalapeno, green chiles, and cheese; fold into batter until mixed.
Remove hot pan from oven and pour batter into it. Spread evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes (18-20 min. for 12" cast iron skillet and muffins) until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for at  least 15 minutes so it firms up for easier cutting and serving.

*In place of buttermilk, can substitute:
--1 cup + 2 tablespoons water, and
--4 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon dry buttermilk powder.

Nutritional information (per serving): 174 calories, 2.9g fat,1.2g sat. fat, 362mg sodium, 29g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 8.9g protein; Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 6


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In a recent post, I shared my recipe for Classic Buttermilk Cornbread. That recipe is good to eat just as it is, but it also can be a starting point for making flavored cornbreads. That's what I've done here--taken my original cornbread recipe and jazzed it up with some Southwest flavors. The cheese, corn, jalapenos, green chiles, and onions make this an entirely different cornbread. It's great to serve with soup, chili, or salad.

Nutritional information (per serving using low fat cheese): 174 calories, 2.9g fat,1.2g sat. fat, 362mg sodium, 29g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 8.9g protein; Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 6

 

Step-by-step photos for making
Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread
            

 

Step 1: Assemble the ingredients. These are the basic ingredients used in my Classic Buttermilk Cornbread recipe. Flour (you can substitute whole wheat pastry flour for half of the white flour, if you wish), stoneground cornmeal (I use medium grind), baking powder, kosher salt, cumin & black pepper (not pictured), honey, and buttermilk (I often use the convenient buttermilk powder, but you can also use fresh). There is just enough honey in this recipe to give it a hint of sweetness, but it can be omitted altogether if you prefer. 

cornbread ingredients

 

Plus, you'll need these ingredients to stir into the classic cornbread batter: corn (frozen or canned), shredded sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, green chiles, jalapenos (fresh preferred, but you can use the kind in the jar, too)

ingredients

 

Step 2: Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Step 3: Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate medium bowl.

dry mix  wet mix

 

Step 4: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir them just until they're combined--don't over mix.

Step 5: Add the corn, onions, jalapenos, green chiles, and shredded cheese (The 1 tablespoon of minced jalapenos isn't enough heat for me. I add more. You can adjust that amount to please your palate.)

combined mix  add cheese

 

Step 6: Stir just until everything is combined.

Step 7: Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake.

mix cheese  baked dish

 

Done! Let it cool in the pan for  at least 15 minutes before you cut it.

large baked dish

 

This is so delicious with chili. Or soup. Or salad. Or all by itself.

Try it with my Baked (or Mashed) Potato Soup--they're a perfect combo.

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Make it a yummy day!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread
By Monica              Servings: 9 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable, peanut, or canola oil
  • 1-1/4 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal (medium grind)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (can use half white flour and half whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk*
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 3 green onions, chopped--both white and green parts (1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons minced jalapeno,depending on how much heat you want (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles (if there's liquid in the can, drain it)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese (may use full or low fat cheese, but not fat-free)
Directions
--Brush 8x8 baking pan with oil and place in cold oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. (May also use 12-cup muffin pan or a cast iron skillet.)
--Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, cumin and black pepper in large bowl (plus buttermilk powder if you're using it--see * below). Whisk together.
--In separate bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk (or water--see * below), and honey together. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed--don't over mix.
--Add onion, corn, jalapeno, green chiles, and cheese; fold into batter until mixed.
Remove hot pan from oven and pour batter into it. Spread evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes (18-20 min. for 12" cast iron skillet and muffins) until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for at  least 15 minutes so it firms up for easier cutting and serving.

*In place of buttermilk, can substitute:
--1 cup + 2 tablespoons water, and
--4 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon dry buttermilk powder.

Nutritional information (per serving): 174 calories, 2.9g fat,1.2g sat. fat, 362mg sodium, 29g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 8.9g protein; Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 6
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Posted on Friday, December 3rd, 2010








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