Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins



Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake chose this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe: Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins. This is quite a change from some of the rich and sweet things that we’ve made recently. This is the first Tuesdays with Dorie recipe that tested my knife skills. That’s ok though, I have pretty good knife skills. (I worked in a deli for about a year and I had lots and lots of practice!)

These are a corn muffin with added cilantro, jalapeno and red pepper. The recipe also called for corn kernels, but I decided to leave it out since I didn’t want to buy corn just to use a couple of tablespoons. In the end I didn’t think that they were necessary. I almost omitted the jalapeno, since I didn’t want these to be too spicy, but they were ok in the end.



I like really sweet cornbread, but this isn’t very sweet. That was ok because there were all the extra flavors of the red pepper, cilantro, and jalapeno. I liked the chili powder as well. There actually would have been great for the holidays, with all the red and green bits added in. Dorie does give a variation with more sugar and all of the extra bits and seasonings left out, which I might try one of these days.

I used a fairly coarse cornmeal, which I think I would have preferred something ground a little finer. They weren’t really dry, but they were kind of crunchy from the cornmeal, which was a little strange. These paired well with chili, which seems to be the dish that many Tuesdays with Dorie bloggers decided to make to accompany these muffins.

Recipe from Baking from my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 6

11 comments:

chocolatechic said...

We just loved the flavor of these.

Yours look great.

Teanna said...

Yours look delicious! They totally would have been perfect for Christmas!

Joelen said...

Looks delicious! I loved ours with gumbo!

mybakingheart said...

We had chili, too! :) I loved these - great pics!!

Leslie said...

They look great! I bet they were delicious!

pinkstripes said...

Your muffins look great. I used fine cornmeal instead of my course and I didn't find them too gritty.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Your muffins look great!

vibi said...

Very well done, Nicole!
Perfect with a bowl of chili, on a Seattle rainy winter day!

bensbaby116 said...

Good thought about the red and green being Christmas-y!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Nice job! I thought the same thing about the holidays when I saw these colors. Next year!

kim said...

yours look great and very colorful! glad you enjoyed them:)