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Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic

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Skillet jalapeño cheddar cornbread is a mouthwatering treat that combines the sweet taste of cornbread with the spicy kick of jalapeños and the rich flavor of cheddar cheese. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or just want to elevate your meal, this cornbread is sure to impress your guests with its perfect blend of flavors and textures.

Preparing this dish is simple. You’ll need basic ingredients like cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and buttermilk, along with fresh jalapeños and shredded cheddar cheese. Using a cast iron skillet gives the cornbread a crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender.

For an added twist, you can mix in extras like creamed corn or green onions. Serve it warm from the oven, and enjoy the gooey cheese and zesty peppers in every bite. This recipe is bound to become a favorite in your household!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make skillet jalapeño cheddar cornbread, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal: Provides the base texture and flavor.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour: Adds structure. You can use a gluten-free flour blend if needed.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar: Gives a slight sweetness. You can use honey or maple syrup as alternatives.
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder: Helps the bread rise.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda: Creates extra lift, especially with buttermilk.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt: Enhances all the flavors.

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk: Adds moisture and tang. Use regular milk with a tablespoon of vinegar as a substitute.
  • 1/2 cup melted butter: Adds richness and flavor. You can use olive oil or coconut oil.
  • 2 large eggs: Helps bind the ingredients. Flax eggs can be a vegan alternative.

Add-Ins

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese: Provides a sharp, cheesy flavor. Any melty cheese like Monterey Jack can be used.
  • 1-2 jalapeños, diced: Adds a spicy kick. You can use pickled jalapeños for a milder heat.
  • 1/2 cup creamed corn: Adds extra moisture and sweetness.

Optional

  • 1/4 cup diced green onions: Adds a fresh, mild onion flavor.
  • 1 tablespoon honey: For extra sweetness if desired.

This combination of ingredients creates a delicious, savory cornbread with just the right amount of kick from the jalapeños and richness from the cheddar. Enjoy making it your own with your favorite substitutes!

Instructions

Preheat your oven: Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place a cast iron skillet in the oven to warm up.

Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Prepare wet ingredients: In another large bowl, whisk 1 cup milk, 2 beaten eggs, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 2 tablespoons honey until well combined.

Combine mixtures: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir just until everything is moistened. Do not overmix.

Add mix-ins: Gently fold in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 2 minced jalapeños.

Heat skillet: Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Add a bit of butter to the skillet and let it melt, coating the bottom and sides.

Pour batter: Pour the cornbread batter into the hot skillet. Smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake: Return the skillet to the oven. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve: Let the cornbread cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

You can customize skillet jalapeño cheddar cornbread in many ways:

Add-Ins:

  • Bacon: Crispy bits add a smoky flavor.
  • Green Onions: Add a fresh bite.
  • Creamed Corn: Adds a touch of sweetness and moisture.

Cheese Options:

  • Pepper Jack: For extra spice.
  • Monterey Jack: Mild and creamy.
  • Mexican Blend: A mix of cheeses for more flavor.

Serving Suggestions:

  • With Chili: A classic match.
  • Topped with Honey Butter: Sweet and savory.
  • Next to BBQ: Perfect with ribs or pulled pork.

Cooking Methods:

  • Griddle: For individual servings.
  • Muffin Tins: For on-the-go snacks.
  • Casserole Dish: To serve a crowd.

Feel free to experiment, and enjoy your delicious skillet jalapeño cheddar cornbread with these exciting twists!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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