Thursday, February 3, 2011

Smoked Cheddar & Chive Cornbread Muffins

There is something about cornbread muffins that just goes so well with a pot of chili. Also, I have to say, with my chives popping up again, it gave me the idea to add some, along with smoked cheddar in these muffins to pump up the flavor.

Cornbread was something my mother "whipped" up, especially with soups and chili, and watching her blend the ingredients was mesmerizing.  I had that memory as I started pulling ingredients out of the pantry and refrigerator to make my muffins.  I also decided to try out a smaller version of the pie maker I had bought last Fall, thanks to my generous sister who gave me a gift certificate to King Arthur Flour Catalogue.  I didn't have to heat up the oven and in addition to making pies, this appliance does muffins and cupcakes!
Of course, I'll give you directions for baking them in the oven with a regular muffin pan.  These would a great addition to any Super Bowl party, especially with a pot of chili.

Smoked Cheddar & Chive Cornbread Muffins
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 T granulated sugar
1 T baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup grated smoked cheddar
1/4 cup T fresh chives or 1 T dried

Preheat oven 400F-degrees.  Lightly spray muffin pan with baking spray.  
In a large bowl, measure all the dry ingredients and whisk together to combine.  Make a "well" in the center of the dry ingredients and add the melted butter, eggs and sour cream.  Use a spatula to mix with the dry ingredients.  Slowly add the buttermilk, continuing to stir to combine.  Finally, fold in the grated smoked cheddar and the chives.
I use a scoop to divide the batter in the muffin tin.  This recipe will make easily 12 muffins or, in my case using the "Babycakes," it made 18.  Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  It actually only took 6 minutes to bake the muffins in the Babycake.

The muffins come out golden brown and so moist.  The unique flavor of the smoked cheddar elevates the taste and the chives are an added bonus.  
Whether you're just thinking about your Super Bowl party or you're overwhelmed with snow, these muffin are sure to please your family and friends.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. These little cornbread muffins look so good!! And what a cute little gadget you discovered to bake them in!! I am a big cornbread fan and can't wait to try this recipe----the combination of the smoked cheddar and chives makes these all the more appealing!! Hugs, Barb