Sunday, January 22, 2012
Tonight was the Slow Food Atlanta Annual meeting, an event that I really look forward to for the chance to catch up with old friends and make new, to hear what is on the agenda for the upcoming year, and enjoy a potluck hors d'oeuvre and dessert buffet created by members. With a group like Slow Food Atlanta, you can expect that there will be excellent food, after all, some of Atlanta's top chefs, farmers and artisan food creators are members. I really enjoy being a member, but I get a little stressed trying to come up with the perfect dish to bring. I usually go to sweets first, because I enjoy baking, but today I wanted to do something a little different. I started thinking about southern foods and barbecue immediately came to mind, then I decided that cornbread would be delicious with it, so I decided to combine them both in a savory cupcake form. I had planned to do a cream cheese-barbecue sauce "frosting", but I had a hard time getting the right texture, so I just brushed the tops with the sauce instead.
1 batch Ultimate Cornbread
1/2 lb smoked pork
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, split in half
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins. Combine the pork and 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce. Spoon cornbread about 1/3 of the way up the tins, then top with pork mixture, see picture below. Top with another spoonful of cornbread batter, being careful not to overfill, tins should be filled to the top, but not mounded. Sprinkle shredded cheese over each cupcake. Bake 11 minutes if using mini-muffin tins or 20 minutes if using standard size ones. Leave in tins for about 3 minutes, then remove to rack to cool. Brush tops with remaining barbecue sauce just prior to serving. One batch makes 48 minis and 9 full sized.
I was happy with how my un-cupcakes were received at the meeting. Everyone seemed to enjoy them and best of all, being among such a talented, creative group inspired me to come up with a few new variations on this theme. In the future you may see posts on Viet-Que Un-Cupcakes, Peking-Que Un-Cupcakes and more!
The crispy cheddar bits around the edges are delicious!