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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TWD: Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins

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This week's TWD recipe was chosen for us by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake. I must admit, if these Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins hadn't been an assignment, I probably would never have made them. I've never been much of a corn bread (or muffin) fan, so I would have passed this one right on by. And, I would have never known just how good corn bread (and muffins) could actually be!

As you would expect, Dorie's recipe takes a basic little corn muffin and amps it up to the next level with the addition of chili powder, diced red pepper and a little minced jalapeno fresh cilantro. Let me tell you, these are some zippy, zesty little muffins!

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When making my muffins, I pretty much left the recipe as is. My only tweak was to use half chipotle chili powder mixed with half ancho chili powder in the batter. The smoky warmth of the chipotle chili powder played beautifully against the subtle sweetness of the corn and the gentle punch of heat from the jalapeno.

Although chili was the obvious choice, I chose to serve these muffins with a hearty and robust Caldo Verde. Caldo Verde, a very popular and traditional Portuguese dish, is a thick soup, traditionally made with a dark green cabbage or kale, potatoes and a spicy Portuguese sausage called chourico. My version also includes diced, fire-roasted tomatoes and garbanzo beans along with some plump, juicy shrimp added in at the last minute.

I have to say, Dorie's muffins were a big hit at Chez SGCC. Not only did we have them with our Caldo Verde for dinner, but we've also been enjoying them toasted, for breakfast, the past few mornings.

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Even if you're not into corn muffins, I do hope you'll give these a try. They really are something special. Add a little sweet, creamery butter and some red pepper jelly and you've got a mini fiesta in your mouth!

If you'd like the recipe for these Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins, you can find it on page 6 of Baking: From My Home To Yours and also on Rebecca's site. As always, stop by the TWD blogroll to see many more creative variations of this recipe.

40 comments:

Kristen said...

Those look like such hearty and delicious muffins! Can't wait to try these. I bet they'd be good with honey butter. Mmmmm!

Nina Timm said...

I tried a polenta muffin not so long ago and it was fantastic and my family enjoyed a savory muffin for breakfast. This will be a hit, I can tell....I love the crunchy outside.

Lys said...

I love corn bread and a savory corn muffin - now that's one to try.

Polenta muffin???

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Thanks, Ladies! Glad you like the muffins. They really were terrific. Honey butter sounds perfect, Kristen!

Jodie said...

They look great!

HoneyB said...

The muffin photo with the jam looks sooo good! Makes me want to eat it!

chocolatechic said...

Gorgeous muffins

TeaLady said...

These muffins were good, weren't they. And so colorful. Love your 'background'. And the muffins look great too.

pinkstripes said...

Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I'm glad you like the muffins.

vibi said...

Vibrant, brilliant and colorful! I'm sure just like their creator! LOL
Superb as usual, Susan!

Karen said...

These would be a nice change to regular old corn bread!

Tammy said...

your photos look lovely! my muffins were a bit crumbly, but yours look like they are holding together well!

CookiePie said...

They look soooooo delicious!

rainbowbrown said...

Very nice, I'm glad you made them!

Marthe said...

You're muffins look soooo pretty!! I loved these and (very unoriginal I know) paired them with chili

Engineer Baker said...

Caldo verde and red pepper jelly? I didn't even know I was thinking it, but you read my mind. Those sound fantastic!

Meg said...

I love corn muffins and these look delicious!

MaryBeth said...

I love corn bread with corn in it, my husband would love yours with all the spice. Great looking picture, I can almost smell them.

Passionate Baker said...

wowww, your muffins looks delicious!
i skipped this week's recipe, but i'm thinking maybe ill try them next time and serve them with dinner?
great job!
<3

Secret Server said...

Beautiful pictures. I am new to the group and loved the muffins. I need to work on taking better photos.

Leslie said...

Mmm...pepper jelly would really take these to the next level! Your photos are great!

James said...

Great looking muffins! Mine turned out a little more crumbly ... but, I used regular milk, I think it's why.

Love your photos!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Those look just delicious! Sorry I couldn't get there in time for dinner. ;)

Grace said...

if i could have only one condiment for the rest of my life, pepper jelly would certainly be in the running. i truly love it.

Peter M said...

I've had similar muffins/cornbread and it straddles savory and sweet...a big hit in my family.

Maryann said...

I'd like these on the side of a bowl of chili :)

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Beautiful job, Susan!

Jescel said...

yum! haven't had a savory corn muffin before.. time to try one!

Alexa said...

Your muffins look like a party on a plate! They are so pretty and festive...

Carla said...

I love the little specks of color. Great job :)

Rebecca said...

Ooh, can't wait to try Caldo Verde. I'd never even heard of it. Yum. And those chunky muffins look gorgeous. Love all that color.

Linda said...

Wow, that caldo verde sounds out of this world delicious! And your muffins turned out so yummy lookin' --- great job!

Heather said...

Oh gah nom nom nom. I want at least ten of those, with cheese and pepper jelly, and a bowl of chili. Please. Thankyouverymuch.

The muffins coordinate so well with that fabric. Don't think I didn't notice.

The Food Librarian said...

Looks great! And the red pepper jelly - yummmmmmmy!

Rachel said...

I too was unsure about these at first but ended up really enjoying them. Love your photos!

Cakelaw said...

These look great with a dollop of red pepper jelly - yum!

NĂºria said...

I want to have a little fiesta in my mouth too!!!! What a great savory muffins recipe! I love it ♥! This looks so exotic to me :D, I'd love to bake these ones one day and see the face my daughter and husband show!!!!!
Sorry it took me so long to come by your blog... still getting organized.

spike. said...

glad you liked the recipe, your muffins look pretty perfect!

diva said...

FAB! this muffin looks amazing. the colours are just dazzling and the flavours sound amazing.

Jessica said...

ooh, pepper jelly, YUM! I still have some in the freezer and I'm going to make sure that the next muffin I eat has pepper jelly on it. What a great idea, thanks!