Welcome to my kitchen, and get ready as I am going to take you on a culinary journey down South with one of the region’s favorite side dishes – Southern Style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins! This recipe is a perfect blend of savory and sweet flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you begging for more. As a connoisseur of Southern cuisine, I know that nothing is more important than authenticity in a recipe, which is why I have created this recipe using traditional southern ingredients, guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
You might be wondering what makes this recipe so special. Well, it’s simple: the jalapeno pepper gives the cornbread just enough kick while the cheddar cheese adds an exciting burst of flavor. These are not your ordinary corn muffins; instead, they are hearty and full of texture with just the right amount of crunch on top. Whether you’re serving them as a side dish or enjoying them as a snack, these muffins are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them.
But don’t take my word for it; let me convince you by providing more details on why this recipe is worth trying out. In the following sections of this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about ingredients, serving suggestions, make-ahead options, variations and substitutions, as well as tips for perfect results. So come on over to my kitchen and grab your apron – let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you a fan of southern-style cuisine? Are you always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes to impress your friends and family? Then look no further, because these Southern Style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins from Good Eats Cafe are sure to become your new favorite!
What makes this recipe stand out from other cornbread recipes is its perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors. The addition of diced pimento and jalapeno add just the right amount of heat and tang that will leave you wanting more.
Plus, these muffins are irresistibly moist thanks to the use of shortening, eggs, and milk. They’re also incredibly easy to make – just mix together your dry ingredients, add your wet ingredients, and pour into a muffin tin. Perfect for a quick side dish or snack!
But perhaps the best part about this recipe is its versatility. Serve them up at your next BBQ or alongside a big bowl of chili. Or, enjoy them as a savory breakfast muffin with some scrambled eggs on the side.
Trust me, once you try these jalapeno cornbread muffins, they’ll become a staple in your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Head to the store and pick up the ingredients today!
Here is a list of the ingredients you’ll need:
Shortening: ½ cup
Yellow Cornmeal: 1 cup
All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Sugar: ¼ cup
Baking Powder: 1 tablespoon
Salt: ½ teaspoon
Milk: 1 cup
Egg: 1, large
Jalapeño: 2 medium-sized, seeded and finely diced
Diced Pimento: 2 tablespoons, drained
Shredded Cheddar Cheese: 1 cup, divided
Make sure to have all of these ingredients on hand before you begin! These measurements are tailored to make about a dozen muffins.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gone over the ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! This recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch or any occasion where you want to add a twist to your traditional cornbread muffins.
Start by preheating your oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, grease a muffin tray with shortening and set aside.
Grab a large bowl and mix together the following dry ingredients:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Combine everything thoroughly with a whisk.
In a separate bowl, stir together the following wet ingredients until fully combined:
- 1/4 cup of diced pimento
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of shortening, melted (you can substitute butter if desired)
- 1 and 1/3 cups of milk
- 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely diced
Mixing the Batter
Now it’s time to combine both the dry and wet ingredients. Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mix and stir until everything is well-combined. Do not overmix!
Once the batter has formed, fold in shredded cheddar cheese until evenly distributed throughout.
Spoon the mixture equally into your greased muffin tin. Put it in the preheated oven and let it bake for approximately 20 minutes (it might take longer depending on your oven). You’ll know when it’s ready when the tops become golden brown.
Once done, remove from oven and let cool in the tray for about two minutes. Then transfer each muffin onto a cooling rack for another five minutes.
You can serve the jalapeno corn bread muffins warm, slathered with butter or alongside a bowl of chili. Trust me; it’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Enjoy your delicious, freshly baked Southern Style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins!
Substitutions and Variations
Don’t have all the ingredients on hand? No worries! This recipe is quite forgiving and can accommodate a range of substitutions and variations, making it easy to adapt according to your preferences or dietary needs.
For instance, if you’re looking to cut down the fat, you can swap the shortening with an equal amount of unsalted butter or vegetable oil. You may also skip the shredded cheddar cheese or use a low-fat or dairy-free alternative.
If you prefer a sweeter cornbread muffin, increase the sugar up to ⅓ cup, or add a tablespoon or two of honey or maple syrup to the batter. Alternatively, for a more savory profile, finely chop some bacon bits or ham and mix them into the batter along with some diced green onions or minced garlic.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, make your own buttermilk substitute by mixing 1 cup of regular milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before using it in the recipe.
To add more texture and flavor to the jalapeño cornbread muffins, try stirring in some canned creamed corn or diced pimento to the batter. You can also use a jiffy corn muffin mix instead of making it from scratch. Just combine one box of jiffy corn muffin mix with one egg, ⅓ cup of milk, and ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese for extra richness.
With these simple tricks and tweaks, you can explore endless possibilities for your jalapeño cornbread muffins while still achieving their irresistible southern style charm.
Serving and Pairing
These delicious Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins are perfect on their own or as a side to your favorite Southern-style dishes. Serve them warm with a dollop of butter or honey for a sweet-savory flavor that can complement any meal.
But you can also turn up the heat and pair them with hearty chili, gumbo or flavorful stews to balance out the spice. The cheddar-jalapeno combination makes for a delightful sensation of creaminess and spiciness in every bite.
Don’t be afraid to get creative and use them as a base for scrumptious appetizers. Top them with diced pimento and some shredded cheddar cheese while they’re still warm and see how they transform into tasty treats that will disappear in no time.
And what’s more, these muffins are so easy to transport that they make the perfect accompaniment to any picnic, potluck or backyard barbecue. They are versatile, easy to make ahead and keep well, making them an all-time crowd-pleaser.
However you choose to serve them, there is no denying that these Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins are a Southern classic worth savoring.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As a busy chef, I understand the importance of being able to make food ahead of time and reheat it later. Luckily, these Southern Style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins are perfect for making ahead and reheating.
To make ahead, bake the muffins as instructed and let them cool completely. Once cooled, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to 1 month.
To reheat, place the muffins in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds each or wrap them in foil and heat them in a 350-degree oven for about 5-7 minutes. This will ensure that they are heated throughout without drying them out.
You can also add a bit of butter or honey on top before reheating to add extra flavor and moisture.
Be sure to reheat only the amount you plan to eat as reheating multiple times can dry out the muffins and affect their quality. After all, we want our food to taste as fresh as possible.
Tips for Perfect Results
When it comes to making Southern-style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins, there are a few simple tips that can take your muffins from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are some insider tips that can help you achieve perfect results every time you bake.
Tip #1: Use Fresh Ingredients
While it may seem obvious, using fresh ingredients is especially important when it comes to baking. In particular, make sure your baking powder and baking soda are fresh before using them. Expired powders can cause the muffins to not rise properly.
Tip #2: Preheat the Oven
Preheating the oven at the right temperature isn’t just important for energy efficiency, but it also ensures that your muffins bake consistently. For this recipe, preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) before adding your muffins.
Tip #3: Don’t Overmix the Batter
Mixing the batter for too long can result in tough and dense muffins instead of light and fluffy ones. Mix until just combined, and make sure to fold in any mix-ins, such as diced pimentos or shredded cheddar cheese, by hand.
Tip #4: Use a Skillet or Muffin Pan
Using a skillet or muffin pan will give your cornbread an even browning effect compared to other methods like baking sheets. The cornbread is best when cooked golden brown on the outside while still moist on the inside.
Tip #5: Let them Cool Down
After taking them out of oven, let them sit at room temperature for about three minutes in their pan before removing. This lets them firm up a bit and makes them easier to handle without breaking apart.
By following these tried-and-true tips, you’ll be able to achieve perfect results with ease and create delicious Southern-style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins that are both sweet and savory.
So there you have it – the recipe for the best southern-style jalapeno corn bread muffins around! With its sweet-savory flavor and just the right amount of heat, this recipe is sure to become a regular at your dinner table.
But don’t take my word for it – try it out for yourself! With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, this recipe is perfect for both novice and experienced bakers alike. And with the ability to customize it to your liking, you can make it your own and impress your family and friends with your newfound baking skills.
So head to the kitchen, preheat that oven, and let’s get baking! Trust me, once you’ve tasted these delicious jalapeno corn bread muffins, you’ll never go back to regular cornbread again.
Southern Style Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins (Good Eats Cafe) Recipe
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup shortening (or bacon drippings)
- 1/2 cup cream-style corn
- 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon diced pimento
- Preheat oven to 350* degrees.
- Combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add milk, egg, melted shortening and corn. Mix.
- Stir in pepper and diced pimiento.
- Pour into greased muffin pans and bake about 20 to 30 minutes.