Monday, January 2, 2012

Bacon and Onion Corn Muffins





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Soup has figured prominently in our meals for the past several weeks. It really is a perfect way to beat back the damp and chill of a gray Oregon winter. Today, at least this evening, was no exception. We awoke this morning to dense fog that threatened swallowed anyone foolish enough to step into it. Fortunately, foolish or not, the brunch bunch made it up and down our hill without incident and we had a lovely midday meal in the company of good friends. When dinner time rolled around, I had just enough energy and appetite to pull soup from the freezer and throw these muffins together. This recipe comes from a 1991 edition of Gourmet's 50 Baking Favorites. The Silver Fox and I loved the muffins and they've managed to be a feature in my kitchen since that time. I enjoy savory muffins and these are a perfect accompaniment to the soups and stews of winter meals. Men love them. So do women, though I must admit they are a bit too substantial to be tea party fare. This is a straight forward recipe. You can't go wrong if you cook the bacon until it is shatteringly crisp, and the onions are transparent. Thanks to the sour cream, the muffins can be kept for 24 hours if they are well wrapped, though I prefer to serve them when they are freshly made and still warm from the oven. If you are looking for a recipe for great savory muffins or corn bread, I think you've just found it. Here's how the muffins are made.

Bacon and Onion Corn Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Gourmet's 50 Baking Favorites

Ingredients:
8 slices of lean bacon
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter,
melted and cooled
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup milk

Directions:
1) Cook bacon in a heavy skillet set over moderate heat until it is crisp. Transfer ito paper towling to drain. Crumble and set aside.
2) Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from skillet. Add onions to skillet and cook over moderately low heat until softened and translucent.
3) Sift cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl.
4) In another bowl whisk together eggs, butter, sour cream, and milk, stir in the bacon, onion and the cornmeal mixture, and beat batter well. Divide batter among 12 well-buttered standard muffin cups and bake muffins in middle of a preheated 425-degree F. oven for 20 minutes, or until they are golden. Turn the muffins out onto a rack and let them cool. Yield: 12 muffins.








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52 comments:

Pie said...

Yum!

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Kris Ngoei said...

Happy New Year, Mary! Best wishes for you in 2012 and many years to come!

Beautiful muffins, perfect baking!

kitchen flavours said...

Bacon in a muffin, that is a delicious plus! Sounds yummy!
Happy New Year and wish you a wonderful 2012!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love corn muffins and bacon just makes everything better! Yum:@)

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...the muffins look so delicious....n my dear thats a very innovative recipe....loved it :-) wish u n ur family a very happy new year !

What's Baking?? said...

I've never tasted a savory muffin..after looking at yours, I think I shall try it one day.

Leslie said...

Corn muffins ROCK..I love the addition of Bacon!!
Happy New Year to you

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my goodness these sound so very good. Thank you, Mary. blessings ~ tanna

Big Dude said...

I can see really enjoying these hot from the oven with some good soup.

Elisa said...

Happy 2012 Mary!

May this year continue to bring yummy recipes and travels. Thanks for sharing your talent!

bellini said...

It is definitely comfort food season Mary, and these are no exception.

Jenn said...

You had me at bacon!!!

Shug said...

Oh yea....my kind of muffin. These will be great with the evening meal I have planned....
Hugs
shug

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Good idea..this recipe could be an entire breakfast on the go! Wishes for a happy New Year to you and your family!

SmilingSally said...

Oh Mary, I always want to reach through the computer screen and eat your baked goods! Thanks for sharing your blue.

Happy Blue Monday!

lea said...

My recipe doesn't call for sour cream. These sound wonderful and will surely try. Bet they are great with soup.

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, Sounds delicious!! Bacon and onions are a match made in heaven! Blessings for the New Year! Catherine xo

Patti said...

These sound delish! I have "pinned" this recipe to my page.

Thanks for sharing,
Patti

June said...

During one grey Oregon winter I remember telling one of the students at the school where I worked that "sometimes you have to make your own sunshine". Mary, I think you just did! All the best to you in 2012!

Mika said...

Looks oh so good! Love the presentation of that one :)
Happy New Year to you!


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Farmgirl Gourmet said...

Happy New Year!! Those muffins look delish!

Kim said...

Savory muffins are really perfect to accompany a big bowl of hot soup. Like it a lot in winter time!

gengen said...

Wow this looks yummy one. Viisting from BM!

Chiara said...

How delicious Mary !Best wishes!

Joanne said...

I've been eating TONS of soup also and could totally use a muffin to go with it! These sound delicious!

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

I don't bake savory muffins enough...these sound incredible, Mary! Happy New Year to you and your family! x

Angie's Recipes said...

Bacon, onion, corn...a delicious combination! Would love a few (with a large bowl of veggie soup) for the dinner!
Happy New Year!

Kim, USA said...

Hi Mary, this sounds very yummy. Will try this one soon. Happy New Year!

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Priya said...

Happy new year wishes to u and ur family..Adorable muffins looks stunning..

nanny said...

these look and sound so delicious! I'm thinking I could get my husband to taste if they have bacon in them...ha He just will not eat cornbread. I don't know what that boy's problem is......

Nick Atonna said...

Oh my dear lady you had me at BACON.

FOODalogue said...

Sounds like a wonderful item for a brunch.

Best wishes for the new year!

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Ms. Burrito said...

I want some please?!

My BLUE, happy new year!

carolyn said...

Mary- Thanks so, so much for your kind comment. It made my day!

I'm not sure how you found me, but I'm happy you did because now I've found you. : )

I'll be back for recipes- they look delish and your pictures are divine (your grandsons are adorable too)!

Happy 2012-
carolyn

Jeannie said...

I have tried making cornbread a few times and they always came out dry and disappointing...I should give this a try they look delicious!

Claudia said...

I have a ridiculously hard time with cornbread. I mean, who cannot make corn bread? (Me.) Love how savory this is and we are also "in the soup." So this would be a grand accompaniment.

teresa said...

oh YUM! what a fun way to serve bread, this looks great!

Eileen said...

These sound delicious! I hope your holidays were wonderful and full of good food. Happy New Year!

Judy said...

Soup is perfect for this time of year, and corn muffins are a great accompaniment. Happy New Year Mary!

Banana Wonder said...

Soups are best thing for these OR winters... AND muffins to go with! This combo of bacon and onion is making me drool. hard.

Alicia said...

I've thought before of putting bacon in corn muffins but never thought about the onion. I'm making chili beans tomorrow and was going to make plain corn muffins, but now I'm going to try these! thanks!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a good New Year!

Brenda said...

I have been on the look-out for new lunch-box friendly recipes for my two boys- these are great, they will love them.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

My husband loves cornbread and would certainly be crazy about these muffins. Muffins are a nice way to control portion size as well.

Kim said...

Happy New Year, Mary! I always reach for corn muffins in place of biscuits and rolls. I've never tried a savory version with bacon in it before. Will have to save this recipe.

Leah H. said...

Yummy corn muffins, yummy food:)

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Josie AGS said...

Yum!! I want to make these with my next soup. Happy New Year, Mary! Thank you for our warm wishes about Lilah. I remember when you were in touch when Naomi was born...time really flies. -Josie

Sharon Koenig said...

Corn Bread is my absolute favorite! And like everyone else is saying, bacon makes everything better!

I'm sure that the onion adds a nice flavor too, and maybe even compliments the bacon.

The Single Nester said...

Anything with bacon in it, I am in. Happy New Year!

SmilingSally said...

Hi Mary,

I've missed you and your yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing your blue.

Happy Blue Monday.

Leah H. said...

Thank's for the recipe, yum!

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