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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mexican Skillet Cornbread





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Over the years, I've tried at least a dozen recipes for Mexican cornbread. Some were great, others were just passable. Before going any further, I must disclose that Bob and I have an allegiance to a very simple Yankee cornbread. It's equally important that you know we are quite open-minded and willing to give almost anything a try. I found this version of Mexican cornbread while looking through a three decade old version of "The New York Times Bread and Soup Book Cookbook". It sounded good enough to try, and, if you like a spicy and moist cornbread, I think you'll find this recipe to be best of show. I liked it a lot. It's very much like the Romanian Mamaliga that I posted here last year. My preference is still for Yankee cornbread but this is very good and perfect to serve with chile or a Mexican bean soup. Here's the recipe.

Mexican Skillet Cornbread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Yvonne Young Tarr

Ingredients:
2-1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon chile powder
3 eggs
3/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sour cream
1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 cups canned creamed corn
2-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Set aside.
2) Place cornmeal, salt, baking powder and chile powder in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
3) Beat eggs in a separate large bowl. Add oil and sour cream and beat until combined.
4) Add cornmeal mixture to eggs and stir until combined. Add peppers and creamed corn. Mix well.
5) Pour half of cornbread batter into the prepared skillet. Sprinkle with half the grated cheese. Cover layer with remaining batter and top with remainder of grated cheese.
6) Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 12 to 16 servings.

36 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

It looks like a very moist and good cornbread--perfect with your soup below.

Coleen's Recipes said...

I've been looking for this type of recipe for a while now. It looks delicious.

DailyChef said...

This looks so perfect. Seems like it will go well with so many types of dishes.

EOlivas said...

Stumbled upon your site and I am so glad. Your picture is WOW!. We are actually planning a multicultural pot-luck and you just gave a great idea. Thanks

Elisa

Dawn said...

This made me laugh. I have a favorite recipe as well yet I continue to try others and I always go back to my fave. I will put this in my "to be tried" pile... what is the obsession with cornbread?!?

Big Dude said...

Looks excellent. We use a very similar recipe and it's always a hit when served - I may up the cheese content based upon yours.

La Table De Nana said...

This must be the very best:)

A Year on the Grill said...

I love the spicy!

Saving this.

George Gaston said...

Mary, I'm with you about a simple cornbread, but it is nice to add a little spicy when a meal calls for it. This recipe sounds like just the one to do that. Thanks...

Martha said...

This would have been very good served with our lentil soup last night!

Curious Lissa said...

Looks so moist! I bet that cream corn did the trick!

zurin said...

Looks so good it must be the best cornbread!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I have been looking for a good skillet cornbread recipe. I'm not a purist, and I do like a few surprises mixed into the cornbread.

Claudia said...

Wow. This is moist and flavorful. Somehow, I can never make cornbread. Even the birds woon't eat mine. I'd rather eat yours.

Mary said...

EOlivias and Big Dude, welcome to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll visit often.

Karen said...

Now this is *my* kind of cornbread! My mom used to make something similar and it was always such a hit!

Barbara said...

Super photos! They look good enough to eat. Like the corn and pepper in it- and cheesy too.
Looks like an excellent recipe. Copying now.

Pam said...

This looks moist and delicious - I bet it would be great with a bowl of chili.

Debbie said...

I absolutely adore cornbread and love making it. It is so good when it's fresh! Mary, yours looks wonderful.

The Blonde Duck said...

As I am allergic to yankee cornbread, this is right up my ally. Going to go oogle Monday's soup!

Alpha Cook said...

Cheese is always a good addition. Sounds like that would be good with some chili.

noble pig said...

I love my cornbread with jalapeno too...yum!

Sweet and Savory said...

An excuse to use my favorite cast iron skillet and to make my favorite corn bread. I love that you have corn in the bread. I always prefer that.

It is one attractive dish.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Gosh, this looks yummy! I'll have to try this!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Hola Mary,howdya do dear?
This is by far the most bestest cornbread have seen...but then u excel in all ur goodies.....

Katherine Aucoin said...

You are so right about so-so Mexican cornbread recipes. We like ours moist and spicey and usually I just add some minced jalapenos, but I will definitely try your recipe.

you can beat the flavor of baking cornbread in preheated cast iron!

Penny said...

A wonderful cornbread recipe Mary. Will give this a try sometime. Love your soup recipe too.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Wow, creamed corn - that certainly would make it moist!

Maria said...

I don't have a cast iron skillet, SAD! I need one!

Beverly said...

Mary, this looks and sounds delicious. We love cornbread in our family.

What is Yankee Cornbread?

Mary said...

Beverly, Yankee cornbread has very little sugar in it.

Lynda said...

What a beautiful photo of the cornbread-makes me want a huge piece of this moist bread. I have a similar recipe that uses creamed corn and my family loves it. I love the addition of sour cream, Mary.

Katy ~ said...

This sounds GOOD! Would love to have a nice hot wedge of this right now.

Love Yankee cornbread, grins. But I've acquired an appreciation for the others as well.

My Little Space said...

Truely sad, untill today I still haven't had a chance to try out some of these cornbread. This looks so irresistible!

Cornelia said...

I have been looking for Mexican recipes as not many mexican restaurant in Bali. I am going to try one of your Mexican recipes! Thank you for sharing them. Have a great weekend.

Cornelia's Kitchen

Tammy said...

Can't wait to try, do you have the recipe for the Yankee Cornbread?

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