Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jalapeno & Green Onion Cornbread

I was recently inspired by a college friend's deliciously healthy rendition of Southern cornbread. In this version, I added some smokey spice, using a jalapeno mixed into the batter and chipotle butter spread. These grainy muffins were excellent alongside Burning 'Bocha Chili (black bean chili made with Golden Road Beer--recipe coming soon!).

The Nutrition Rundown: Made with all whole grains and made without butter and sugar, these pack more filling-fiber, fewer calories, and less saturated fat than standard cornbread. It gives you some room to add the delicious buttery spread!

Jalapeño and Green Onion Cornbread with Chipotle Butter
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients for Cornbread
1/3 cup safflower oil (or other plant-based oil)
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 Tablespoon molasses
2 cups buttermilk (or make it vegan using 2 cups unsweetened almond milk + 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar)
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeño pepper, minced (~3 Tbs minced)
4 pieces of green onion (tops and bulbs), sliced (~1/4 cup sliced)

Directions for Cornbread:
Nutrition Facts based on vegan recipe,
without butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using butter or oil, grease 12 muffin tin and set aside.
  2.  In medium bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, molasses, and milk.
  3. Sift cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt into large bowl.
  4.  Make well in center of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Stir until just combined. Add jalapeno and green onion and stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter into greased muffin tins. Bake for ~15-20 minutes, until knife inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire racks. Serve warm or room temperature with Chipotle Butter. 
Cornbread is best served fresh. It can also be stored in closed container at room temperature for up to 48 hours.

Ingredients for Butter
½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 chilis from canned chipotles in adobo, finely chopped

Directions for Butter
  1.  In electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk butter ~1 minute. Add chilis and mix until well combined, ~1 minute more. (If you don’t have an electric mixer, clean hands work really well for this!)
  2.  Place butter on parchment paper, and roll into log, ~2” in diameter. Allow to chill 30 minutes in refrigerator and slice to serve. (You may also forego step 2, and serve butter whipped at room temperature).

Butter can be stored in tightly-wrapped parchment in refrigerator up to a month.

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