Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ultimate Cornbread

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I have never actually been that big a fan of cornbread, but I think that is more based on having had mostly bad cornbread over the years. You know the kind I'm talking about, so dry you can't swallow it without a giant swig of tea or so sweet it's like eating some kind of cornmeal cake. Not appealing.

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However, there are some meals that beg for cornbread, case in point, Brunswick stew. Last fall I took all of my leftover meat from BBQ judging and made an enormous and incredibly tasty batch of Brunswick stew, then looked for a cornbread recipe that could stand up to such a bowl of perfection. Enter the Barefoot Contessa. When none of my other cookbooks had recipes that struck quite the note I was looking for, her jalapeno cheddar cornbread sounded like a winner, and it was.

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I have made it a few times now, making a few modifications along the way, and I think the one I made last week to go with another thawed batch of Brunswick stew was the epitome of cornbread.

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Ultimate Cornbread
based on Ina Garten's Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Ingredients
3 c all-purpose flour
1 c cornmeal
1/4 c sugar
2 tbs baking powder
2 tsp kosher salt
2 c buttermilk
3 eggs beaten
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, cooled
8 oz cheddar grated, divided
1/2 c chopped cilantro
2 large jalapenos roasted, chopped finely
1 1/2 c roasted corn

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 glass baking dish with the butter wrappers. Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In separate bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until mostly combined, but don't over mix. Then stir in 2 cups of the cheddar, the cilantro, jalapenos and corn. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake 30-45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. If you cut it straight from the oven it falls apart a bit, so you may want to let it cool a bit. Or not.

My dad likes his with more butter and honey, but I can just eat it piping hot straight from the pan. If you make it, let me know what you think and if you think you have a better recipe, I would love to see it.

3 comments:

  1. Hands down, this is the best looking cornbread I've ever seen! It looks so moist! I agree, some cornbread is so dry but not this one! :)

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  2. this looks great nice recipe and perfect with stew

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  3. ooh, i love cornbread, and this one looks sooo good!

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