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Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon Cornbread

Recipe and photography by Bev Davis.

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Posted January 17, 2017


Hearty with a spicy kick.  Baked in my favorite wedge pan provided by Lodge Cast Iron.  After making eight wedges, there will be enough batter remaining to make four.  Fill four slots with batter.  Add water to the others before baking.  No baking powder or salt

in this recipe.  Delicious with butter (salted or unsalted).  Makes 12 wedges or one 9" skillet of cornbread. 


INGREDIENTS
4 strips bacon
bacon drippings/fat
1-1/2 cup self-rising yellow or white corn meal mix

  (I used yellow) 
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
1/4 cup grated white onion
1/4 cup grated jalapenos, fresh or jarred (I used jarred)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons juice from jarred jalapenos (optional)
24 fresh or jarred jalapenos, sliced (I used jarred)


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Assemble ingredients. 
Place bacon in a 9" cast iron skillet. Over medium heat, fry
until crispy.  When done, place cooked bacon on paper towels. 
Turn heat off.  Leave fat/drippings in skillet.  After bacon cools, crumble into small pieces (add to batter later). In large bowl, combine corn meal mix, flour, sugar (if using). Stir in onions, jalapenos, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon.   Set aside. 
In medium sized bowl, thoroughly combine eggs, buttermilk, jalapeno juice (if using).   Add to dry mixture.  Mix until batter
is pourable. Set aside.

Wedge Pan
Drizzle a little bacon drippings/fat into each wedge. Set aside.  Add about 2 to 3 tablespoons batter to each wedge until full.  Place 2 sliced jalapenos on each wedge.   There will be enough batter left to make four additional wedges.  Add batter to four wedges.  Fill other slots with water before baking as instructed.

Wear an oven mitt and use a potholder to carefully and safely place HOT skillet in HOT oven.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Safely remove from oven.  Serve hot.

9"  Cast Iron Skillet
Heat skillet on top of stove over medium until oil sizzles. Safely
and carefully pour batter into HOT skillet.  Spread batter evenly.  Arrange sliced jalapenos on top.  Wear an oven mitt and use a potholder to carefully and safely place HOT skillet in HOT oven.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Safely remove from HOT oven. 
Serve hot.