Loaded Cornbread

Remember my cornbread and chili cook-off post? Well I made both for our church Halloween party and while the chili recipe I used was really good (and mostly gone before we left) it didn’t win. My cornbread however, won second place! I combined 3 recipes and then added bacon, haha, how can you beat that? This cornbread is super fluffy but with the jalapenos, green onions, bacon, and cheese it isn’t crumbly at all. It is super delicious. I made it again last night purely for picture/research purposes…
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Loaded Cornbread

Makes 1 – 9×13 pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup cornmeal (best if freshly ground)
  • 2 cups flour (cake flour if you have it)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked, drained, and broken into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 small can diced jalapenos, drained
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, combine egg yolks, milk, vanilla, and melted butter and stir.
  3. Mix in cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt – stirring to incorporate, but do not over mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold them into the batter.
  5. Mix in bacon, green onions, jalapenos, and cheese just until combined, try not to over stir.
  6. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan and bake for 35-45 minutes. It should be lightly browned on top and check with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through.

Here is what the egg whites should look like before you mix them in

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And here is what it looks prior to cooking.

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Then look how much it rises, those egg whites really give this cornbread some lift.

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We may or may not have been eating the leftovers for breakfast this morning, but it’s definitely best when warm and gooey. If you try it out, let me know what you think! This cornbread is going to be a staple around here.

Chili and Cornbread Cookoff

I am dreaming of scenes like this photo from my seat in this season-less desert. We’re still in the 90’s lately, can you imagine! But the nights/mornings are cool and we open the windows to get the slightest of fall chill.

Halloween is fast approaching and with that comes the annual church trunk-or-treat, and Chili and Cornbread competition! My dad usually entered the competition with the spiciest chili recipe he could think up—I get my love of spicy foods from him—but this is the first time I’ll be entering on my own.  As for cornbread, well, on the off chance I make any it is from a box and far too crumbly, so this is the perfect chance to find a fabulous recipe.

Here are my top three cornbread recipes to try:

Bacon Cheddar Corn Bread –uses cake flour instead of corn meal, but has whole kernels of corn in it, so technically it’s still cornbread right?

Sweet Cornbread — a classic cornbread recipe, but you whip the egg whites separately, almost creating a meringue, and fold them into the batter last.

Pumpkin Cornbread — I love anything pumpkin related, but does it go as well with chili? It uses cornmeal and creamed corn, so plenty of corn flavor still, but it also uses molasses which I don’t keep on hand, and I kind of hate buying an ingredient for just one recipe.

Navajo Cornbread –Has diced jalapenos, green onions and cheese in it and I love all things spicy and cheesy

And here are my top contestants for chili recipes to try:

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili — Um, it has jalapenos, bacon, and cream cheese in it–enough said.

Crockpot Chili — It has just about every spice out there in it, plus cocoa powder (apparently it’s the secret for getting a smoky taste?). It also mixes sausage with the ground beef, and says it’s best when cooked for essentially 2 days!

Quinoa Chili — A very different direction, since it’s meatless, and I love meat, but quinoa is a good protein too, so it’d still be hearty. Plus it also has a good list of spices.

 

Odds are, that whichever chili recipe I choose I will up the spice factor. And for cornbread I don’t have any fantasies that I’ll win the contest, but I am excited to simply find something more edible than the box mix.

Which recipes would you choose?