Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays With Dorie takes a break from sweets with Savory Corn & Pepper Muffins. I don't know about you, but I totally welcomed a savory recipe, as I'm still recovering from the onslaught of candy, cookies, cakes etc from the holidays.

Selected by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake, this recipe embellishes on a traditional corn muffin recipe, adding a kick of spice with chili powder, jalapenos and cilantro. I halved the recipe and instead of a muffin tin, I used a mini cast iron skillet.

To accompany the cornbread, I made a Cuban-style black bean soup (not to digress, but the soup was DELICIOUS, and you can find the recipe here).

Overall, I liked the flavor and spice of this cornbread recipe, and it's definitely a departure from the sweeter style cornbread that I'm partial to. Next time, I would definitely double the amount of the corn, red pepper, and cilantro, as I really enjoyed the addition of these fresh ingredients. My only minor complaint... the texture. My cornbread turned out extremely crumbly and it was really messy to eat. Maybe it was the cornmeal I used --- didn't have stone ground, so used the box of Alber's sitting in my pantry.
Thanks Rebecca for a great selection this week!!! For the recipe, please visit Rebecca's site, and to see how my fellow bakers fared, check out the TWD blogroll.

24 comments:

chocolatechic said...

I have a mini cast iron skillet.

Maybe I ought to use that for supper tonight since I'm making them again.

The Food Librarian said...

Mini cast iron skillet?! How cute is that!!!! Looks great!

Jodie said...

Ooh, the skillet is a great idea. I'm going to have to try this... wait, what's this post below? Chocolate mousse cake??!!!

TeaLady said...

Now why didn't I think of the mini cast iron when it is sitting in my pantry. Mine were awfully crumbly too, but good. Yours looks great!

pinkstripes said...

I love that you made them in a skillet. Looks wonderful!

HoneyB said...

Looks great! Love the skillet!

vibi said...

Totaly traditional... the whole thing in a heavy skillet! YUM!
Brilliant, Linda!

Cynthia said...

Great idea to bake it old-fashion style in a skillet! Nice job.

Tammy said...

my muffins were crumbly too. I like how you have made the muffins into cornbread in the skillet!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

WOW! This looks so good! I actually have one of these...somewhere. My Mom always made a skillet sized hamburger in it or a fried egg. They always came out fantastic...I bet this was GREAT!

Passionate Baker said...

woww, great job!
i loved how it's baked in a skillet. great touch!
<3

Donna-FFW said...

What a great idea. Love the skillet touch. Yes, fabulous wih chili. Your photos are great. Looks delectable!

Leslie said...

What a great idea to bake it in a cast iron skillet! It looks delicious (and I can tell it has that wonderful crunchy exterior cornbread should have!)

Carol Peterman said...

Everyone seems to share the same thrill for baking a savory item this week. I love the idea of baking in a mini cast iron pan. I have one, yet it never occurred to me.

AllisonWonderland said...

your cornbread looks great!! I never would have thought to use the cast iron pan. I thought I was being clever making mini muffins. haha!

Rebecca said...

Hooray for cast iron! I agree, next time I'm going to bump up the veggies a little. I liked the chunkitude.

Rachel said...

Looks great in the skillet! Mine were really crumbly, too but I still loved them!

Teanna said...

Your skillet cornbread looks gorgeous! Great job!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

even if it was crumbly, it looks really tasty! love that little pan (and black bean soup, too)!

Madam Chow said...

Linda,
I came over here to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the positive comment, and then I saw the picture of the chocolate mousse cake in your previous post, and all I could think was "I want some!" It looks fabulous!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love what you did with this recipe! I love your mini-skillet. Well done!

Jules Someone said...

MMMmmmm. That looks just lovely! Hanging in here with the cold. -15 right now. -35 with the wind chill. Some hot cornbread would hit the spot.

LyB said...

I was so happy to see this week's choice was savory, what a nice change! I love your idea of the mini cast iron skillet, very cute. :)

Jaime said...

i've heard a few complain of the crumbly texture but i did not have that problem. not sure why...though i think like you said it might be due to the type of cornmeal used. great job, regardless.

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