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Jalapeño Popper Cornbread

Gerardo Cagigal

Poppers jalapeño cornbread? Yes please!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • For the jalapeños:
  • 9 jalapeños
  • 9 strips of bacon
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese
  • For the cornbread:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the jalapeños: Cut the tops off each jalapeño and carefully remove all seeds and membrane. Wrap each jalapeño tightly with a piece of bacon and fry in a cast-iron pan on medium-high heat, until the bacon has rendered and browned all around. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  3. Cut the cheddar cheese into equal-sized pieces small enough to fit inside each jalapeño. Stuff jalapeños with cheese.
  4. For the cornbread batter: In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and vegetable oil. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry to form a smooth batter.
  5. Grease a 5 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch loaf pan, and pour one-third of the batter in. Arrange the cooled jalapeños on the batter, and cover with the remaining batter.
  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Allow to cool slightly before serving.