Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Green Chile, Cheddar and Sour Cream Mini Muffins

Ooh, I do like good cornbread. And this qualifies as really good cornbread, no matter how you shake it up. Dorie Greenspan's recipe for Savory Corn and Pepper muffins has good bones, so add or take away mix ins and it's still going to work out great. At my house, the two little charges turn up their young noses at bits of jalapeno and red bell pepper in their corn muffins. It was easy enough to churn out a plain batch of Dorie's recipe, sans the spices and lovely bits that the Quiet Man and I would have enjoyed. Sniff, sniff. So after I'd made a wee batch and popped it into a 24 cup mini muffin pan, I felt a little deprived of all the savory add ins. Rather than wallow, which I often do if deprived of food, I simply topped half of the muffins with about 1/4 teaspoon each sour cream, green chilies, and a bit of shredded Tillamook cheddar. Warm out of the oven, they tasted almost like short cut green chilie and cheese tamales. Make yourself a wee batch to perch on the side of your soup bowl, or better yet, next to your Super Bowl serving of chili. Be sure to leave a few plain ones, if you've got your own little charges. I love it when I can make everyone happy. It doesn't happen often, but I sure love it when it does.
Money Saving Tips: Making Cornbread from Scratch is super inexpensive and fairly easy, too. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, squeeze a teaspoon of lemon into a half cup measure; fill to the top with milk and let stand for ten minutes.
A Plain Half Batch of Dorie's Recipe:
Estimated Cost: $1.50 for 24 minis
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted, and cooled
1 egg yolk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with 24 paper cups, or coat the cups with cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. In small bowl, combine buttermilk, butter, and egg yolk. Gently fold into dry ingredients. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Top some muffins with 1/4 teaspoon each green chilies, sour cream and cheddar cheese.
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50 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow simply scrummy muffins...

HoneyB said...

I would have sniffled if I had to miss the add in's too! ;) but - what you did to your minis looked great!

VeggieGirl said...

Darling muffins!! :-)

gigi said...

Yea! More Prudy! I love muffins in every flavor. This looks so easy and I love that you can make everyone happy!

chocolatechic said...

This was such a fabulous recipe.

I was so surprise at how good they really were.

jennifer rogers said...

oh those look so yummy....

Mike said...

OH GOD your topping sounds to-die-for.

vibi said...

That must have been yummy with the cheddar! What a great idea! Very well done, Prudy!

Lisa said...

Oooh, the add ins sound good. I am thinking they would be great with some soup I made.

Allie said...

Now this is my kind of muffin!

Jodie said...

I'm with your kids- no peppers for me. But I do like your green chiles and cheese idea!

Jamie said...

Great additions and sooo wee cute!

Karen said...

Oh yum!! Cheese always makes everything better!

Cathy said...

Oh, I love how you handled the "kids won't eat these" issue. I just didn't offer them to my kids, but you really did find a way to make everyone happy! Plus, toppings are just plain fun.

Kayte said...

The boys used to turn up their noses at ingredients such as those you mentioned, too, but now they are both "bring it on" with all those types of ingredients, so maybe your time will come...in the meantime, your choice of adapting the others was great! Hope your school year is going well...January and February always seemed like the longest months...but by March it seemed to fly until May!

Peggy said...

I should have added cheese to mine. I love anything with cheese on top! I loved these muffins and your mini's are perfect.

Christy@MercyEveryMorning said...

My mouth is watering just looking at them. What a great way to please everyone. :)

pinkstripes said...

Oh, my. Sour cream, cheddar ,and green chile sounds wonderful. YUM!

Sara said...

These look awesome. I am craving them right now. I think I will be making some chili tomorrow and a batch of these yummy muffins. I will be adjusting for the kiddos just like you. It's much easier that way.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your muffins sound fabulous! I love the green chili/cheddar variation - I'll have to try that one!

Catherine said...

Oh I LOVED these muffins. They were so delicious. I love the idea of having chili and these muffins for superbowl sunday, but I don't think I'll be able to wait that long. I might just be eating these tonight. Thanks for sharing. I'm so happy to have this recipe!

TeaLady said...

GREAT idea to add the ingredients in seperately. And cheeese. I am in heaven. Yours look fantastic!

Mary Ann said...

I like your toppings, Prudy!
If they taste like a shortcut on your tamales, I am sold!

Tammy said...

I think that these would have tasted better with the cheese. Pretty economical too!

The Blonde Duck said...

LOL! I also pout when deprived of food. What'd you think of the calender idea?

What's your confession? I'm curious!

Candy said...

Yummy! I've got to get back to my blog! These recipes look so good.

Marthe said...

These look great, I always like mini's! I love the cheddar on top!

Rebecca said...

Oh, these look tasty! A much less expensive way to go. And they will be perfect for the SuperBowl!

Di said...

When I get around to making these, I definitely want to try them with some cheese. The minis sound like a great idea, too.

n.o.e said...

I used green chiles in my muffins and love the flavor it added. Your topping looks great, and I would have turned up my nose at peppers and stuff in my muffins when I was a wee one.
Nancy

Leslie said...

I love it that you added toppings rather than mix ins! That is so awesome and they look delicious!

An Apron Straitjacket said...

Sounds supurb!

Marie said...

As always your challenge came out beautifully. I love your mini muffins. They're cute and just the perfect little mouthful!

Matt said...

Those little dollops of sour cream and shredded cheese makes me want to make these again. I love the idea!

Tami said...

Your muffins look great. I bet that the sour cream and cheese really helped the taste and texture.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

YUM...I love the substitutions!

Aggie said...

Oh yum, these sounds awesome! Perfect for some chili...

Pam said...

That is really a great idea to add the extra ingredients separately. You could experiment and try different versions that way.

Robin said...

What a fantastic looking recipe! So clever to put them in those muffin cups. What a great idea!

Deborah said...

I definitely want to make these. I'll have to leave a few plain for my hubby, though!

The Food Librarian said...

Fantastic! Love the addition of the cheese!

Teanna said...

I absolutely love that you topped these with the cheese! They look delicious!

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Linda said...

Love your mini muffins --- perfect little bites!

Linda said...

Love your mini muffins --- perfect little bites!

Bridgett said...

I adore the little mini ones! Great recipe.

gigi said...

Hey Dear is 'saf' instant yeast a brand name? I've looked for it at Walmart and can't find it? How you doin??

Deanna said...

Perfect! I am making some chili and potato chowder for this cold weather to share with my sister and hubs and these little muffins will be perfect to go along with our meal.

kim said...

the ones with the topping look absolutely delectable! i will definitely add cheese next time ;)

1freshstart said...

Oh, those look so yummy! I couldn't make mini corn muffins though. There's something about miniature things that makes my brain think, 'but they're tiny! eat more!'and cornbread is a very dangerous thing around my house...

~Cat